NFL delays supplemental draft

NEW YORK -- The NFL supplemental draft originally scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed.

NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed Tuesday that the draft will not be held as planned and that teams have been told a new date has not yet been set.

Signora did not say whether former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor would be available for selection.

Pryor was seeking a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell to make a case for being declared eligible, sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen on Sunday. Goodell was reviewing the facts of Pryor's case.

The rules that govern eligibility for the supplemental draft state simply, "To be eligible for a supplemental draft, a player's petition for special eligibility must be approved by the League office and his name promulgated to clubs."

Mortensen reported on Tuesday that the lawyer representing Pryor's petition for draft eligibility said Pryor told the NCAA in May about additional violations he committed while playing for the Buckeyes.

David Cornwell, Pryor's attorney, told Mortensen that Pryor admitted his mentor, Ted Sarniak, gave him and his mother cash and helped with car payments.

After a 2008 NCAA investigation into Pryor's recruitment, Sarniak, a family friend, was told he could no longer give Pryor money or gifts. Cornwell said he believes the violation makes Pryor eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft, since it would have affected Pryor's 2011 eligibility.

Ohio State is still under NCAA investigation, and Sarniak's payments have not been addressed publicly.

An Ohio State spokesman told ESPN on Wednesday that Pryor did not tell the university or the NCAA about any additional violations.

When he announced his departure from Ohio State, Pryor already had been suspended by the school and the NCAA for the first five games of what would have been his senior season this fall for accepting improper benefits, such as cash and discounted tattoos.

The scandal led to coach Jim Tressel's forced resignation May 30. Tressel acknowledged knowing his players were taking improper benefits but covered it up for more than nine months before Ohio State officials discovered the violations.

Pryor is Ohio State's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks, with 2,164 yards. He also threw 57 touchdown passes, tying a school record.

The eligible players so far are former Georgia running back Caleb King, former Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson, former Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones, former Lindenwood University defensive end Keenan Mace, and former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press contributed to this report.