The decision does come with some significant stipulations:
In his decision allowing Pryor to enter the Supplemental Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell determined that Pryor will be ineligible to practice prior to or play in the first five games of the NFL regular season after he signs. Pryor may be selected in the Supplemental Draft, negotiate and sign a contract with an NFL club, and fully participate in the remainder of the preseason.
All six of the entrants into the supplemental draft will be long shots to make a roster due to the timeframe issue of 16 training camp days. The suspension is probably moot point for Pryor because he was unlikely to see action in the regular season without the suspension. He will still be able to fully participate in preseason which will give him a limited time to prove he can play at this level.
From an NFL standpoint this ruling sets an interesting precedent that relies on the Commissioner’s discretion of “detrimental conduct.” Essentially the Commissioner is free to determine, at will, what he deems detrimental or not. The NFLPA was in agreement with the Commissioner’s decision and Pryor is reportedly not interested in appealing the decision.
Pryor is considered a late-round pick in the supplemental draft. Any team that selects a player in the supplemental draft will forfeit the pick in the same round of next year’s NFL Draft. The other five participants in Monday’s supplemental draft will be Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones, North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo, Georgia running back Caleb King, Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson, and Lindenwood University defensive end Keenan Mace.