Got an interesting e-mail the other day from a reader regarding my column on former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Chris Turner from Keller, Texas, made the point that Pryor shouldn’t be allowed in the NFL supplemental draft because he essentially be getting off without punishment for violations which helped land Ohio State on probation and lead to the dismissal of coach Jim Tressel.
“What punishment is Pryor really getting for what he did now? Nothing. He cheated, still played in his bowl game, and instead of serving his five-game suspension and returning to Ohio State he wants to go pro and get his big contract. I just feel that we are letting the cheaters go even without even a slap on the wrist and sending the wrong message to future players that it is okay to cheat and just go pro once you get get caught and the NFL will take care of you.”
The supplemental draft has an application process, so it is within the NFL’s power to deny entry, although it would likely result in a lawsuit on Pryor’s behalf.
A few points worth making on Pryor and the price he did or did not pay:
— It’s not the NFL’s job to police the NCAA. It has enough to do keeping its own house in order. It’s not the NFL’s fault that the NCAA felt compelled to allow Pryor to play in a bowl game before serving a five-game suspension which is now off the table.
— Spare me any tears for Tressel on this as the guy who got victimized by Pryor’s misdeeds. It’s his job to keep an eye on his star players, not cover up for them.
— Agent Drew Rosenhaus not surprisingly dubbed Pryor a first-round pick at a spin session today (I hesitate to call it a press conference because no questions were taken), but if that happens, it would be a first. Conventional wisdom seems to be no one will bite until the third round at the earliest _ meaning Pryor at best will be in line for a signing bonus in the $600,000 range or less depending on how far he falls.
Before Ohio State came tumbling down, Pryor, with a strong senior year and a third straight bowl victory, could have been looking at much more guaranteed money. So he’ll lose out financially in this deal, even if he never serves a suspension of any sort.
— Pryor made some bad decisions concerning money (as many have before him that never came to public light) but there is nothing in his track record that suggests he doesn’t work hard and and take his athletic gifts seriously.
— There is no set date for the supplemental draft. It is typically held about three weeks before training camp begins. According to an NFL spokesman, the league believes it can hold a supplemental draft whether or not there is a lockout _ much as they held the regular draft in that situation.
— Fielded a few questions about the fourth-round draft pick sent to Washington in the Jason Campbell deal in light of a story awhile back that the pick came back to the Raiders if the quarterback didn’t make a Pro Bowl or other statistical incentives. According to a league source, Washington still has the Raiders pick in the fourth round.
GREAT SCOTT, A SUPER BOWL?
Defensive end Trevor Scott thinks Hue Jackson is the man to take the Raiders to the Super Bowl based on an interview he did with former teammate Jay Richardson and printed in Football News Now.
More interesting was Scott’s frank comments about having to continue to rehab his torn ACL without help from the team medical staff.
“It’s kind of been some BS, the fact that I’ve been doing my own rehab and not allowed to talk to trainers,” Scott said. “I’ve been putting my faith and my trust elsewhere to the guys rehabbing me now. It just kind of sucks the whole thing.”
Even with Scott getting just 1.5 sacks in 10 games before being injured, the Raiders had an impressive five defensive linemen with five or more sacks _ Kamerion Wimbley (9), Matt Shaughnessy (7), Tommy Kelly (7), Richard Seymour (5.5) and Lamarr Houston (5).
(I’m including Wimbley because most, if not all of his sack total came as a nickel rusher with his hand on the ground).
Scott had 12 sacks in his first two seasons.
A return to form by Scott could make the Raiders the NFL’s top natural pass rush teams.