Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 12:48 pm

Pryor not eligible for supplemental draft?

Terrelle Pryor might not be eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft - if there even is one this year. The league has yet to schedule the event, and Pryor doesn't meet the criteria of "unforeseen" changes for a player's petition for the draft to normally be granted.


"If there are no players eligible for a supplemental draft, there is no supplemental draft," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to  FOXSports.com on Sunday. "It is for players whose circumstances have changed in an unforeseen way after the regular (college) draft. It is not a mechanism for simply bypassing the regular (draft)."


An "unforeseen way" typically includes someone who was kicked off their college team, deemed ineligible, graduated and opted to leave school, etc.
However, Pryor left Ohio State voluntarily after the NFL's April draft, and the league might not want to set the precedent of players finding a loophole to skip the annual draft and then apply for the supplemental draft.


Pryor was facing a five-game suspension to start the 2011, but decided to leave the program after coach Jim Tressel resigned due to a scandal that started with Pryor and several teammates selling jerseys and other memorabilia.


Eligibility for the supplemental draft is decided on a case-by-case basis. Former Georgia running back Caleb King, who was ruled academically ineligible, has also stated his intention to petition for the supplemental draft.

--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor 

Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 2:17 pm
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Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:06 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 8:46 pm

Lockout means Supp. prospects may not slip

Jim Tressel's resignation has fueled a great deal of speculation that five of his former players might make the jump into the NFL's supplemental draft.

I've been asked by many as to my thoughts on QB Terrelle Pryor, OT Mike Adams, RB Dan Herron, WR Devier Posey and DE Solomon Thomas and how each might project to the NFL.

When the initial news broke in December that these players were going to be suspended, I argued that Adams was the most intriguing pro prospect of the bunch at the time. Adams is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 rated senior offensive tackle heading into the season.

One of the points I tried to make to others writing stories on the "Ohio State five" and any other potential supplemental draft prospects is that historically players drafted in July have a tendency to slip further than their grades might indicate. Put simply, teams are hesitant to give up April draft picks for players selected in the Supplemental Draft. Often players would slip a round or two further down the board in July than where they would have been picked in April.

Due to the lockout, however, this year's Supplemental Draft could be different, if NFL sources are to believed.

The primary reason why supplemental prospects have a tendency to drop, I'm told, is that typically they are far behind the rookies drafted in April. The April rookies generally have a significant advantage over any players drafted in July as they typically have been able to participate in a few mini camps.

That, of course, has not yet occurred for the Class of 2011 rookies, as they and veteran players haven't had any sustained contact with their NFL coaching staffs.

Therefore, the disadvantage that supplemental prospects would typically have is gone, making any who apply to the NFL for special eligibility this year potentially graded (and drafted) higher than they would in most July drafts.
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:29 pm

DE Heyward gets in long-awaited workout

Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward was timed around 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a 35-inch vertical at his Wednesday workout, according to multiple reports.

Heyward, who projects best to the five-technique end role in a 3-4 scheme because he lacks elite pass-rush skills, also went through positional drills. He is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's eighth-best defensive end in the 2011 class and No. 24 prospect overall.

It was Heyward's first on-field work in front of NFL scouts since undergoing Tommy John surgery in January. He was unable to participate in the scouting combine in February or Ohio State's main pro day March 14.

The son of Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, the late bruising NFL running back, Cameron can line up at any spot along the line outside of nose tackle. He complements his versatility with decent size, strength and athleticism, although he doesn't truly excel in any one area and was highly inconsistent in 2010.

Chargers GM A.J. Smith and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau were among those to watch the workout, according to NFL.com.

--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor

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