Posted on: August 16, 2011 8:24 pm
The NFL informed its 32 teams in an email this evening that the supplemental draft has been postponed, according to a source within the league.
The draft, which had been set to take place Wednesday, has not yet been been rescheduled. The email circulated simply didn't provide a date, according to the source.
The postponement was presumably made to give the league more time to determine whether or not Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor should be found eligible and to allow he and other players time to conduct a Pro Day workout of sorts for scouts.
Some players have already held workouts, including Georgia running back Caleb King. King worked out Monday in front of representatives from seven teams, including scouts from the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, according to a story today from Roger Clarkson of OnlineAthens.com.
At this point there are five players confirmed as eligible: Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones, King, Lindenwood University/Allen Wranglers (IFL) defensive end Keenan Mace, North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo and Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson. Pryor may be added to the list. Should he be, he'll almost certainly be the first of the prospects selected. Sources throughout the league have placed the over/under on where he'd be drafted (if allowed in) at anywhere between the 3rd and 5th round. King and McAdoo are also receiving draftable grades from some clubs.
While no new date has yet been made for the supplemental draft, the NFL isn't likely to wait long. Teams are busy evaluating the players already on their roster and won't be thrilled to have to wait even longer to determine if they'll add any one else via this special-case draft.
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 6:52 pm
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be standing outside the velvet ropes when the Supplemental Draft occurs on August 17th...though a late repreive is still possible.
Posted on: August 8, 2011 5:18 pm
The NFL has informed its 32 teams that this summer's supplemental draft will be held August 17, according to a source within the league.
No names of eligible players were included as part of the notice. Furthermore, teams were not notified as to when the draft order will be determined. The only information sent at this time, according to the source, was the date of the draft.
The supplemental draft typically occurs on or around July 15, approximately 10 days prior to the start of training camps. This year, however, the date was pushed back due to the lockout.
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Georgia running back Caleb King are thought likely to be among those included. North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo, who was suspended for the 2011 season due to academics, is also thought to be considering a request to be included in the draft.
The supplemental draft was originally created for players who had lost their eligibility to play collegiate football between the regular April draft and the beginning of the next season. Many "special case" players had lost their eligibility due to academics or legal troubles.
Unlike the televised April draft, the supplemental is carried out via e-mail among teams. The teams, slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the year previous, contact the league with a list of the players they'd draft and the round in which they'd take them. As such, while the Carolina Panthers owned the first pick of the 2011 draft, they are not guaranteed to have the first pick in this draft.
For more information as it happens, keep your browser locked in at NFLDraftScout.com.
Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:48 am
According to a league source, the NFL is likely to make a decision about this summer's supplemental draft in the next 24-36 hours.
The supplemental draft became a "back burner issue" for much of the summer as the NFL and the NFLPA worked out their differences. Now that the CBA has been agreed to and officially ratified, however, the special eligibility draft is likely to become much more of an area of focus.
Despite what others have theorized, the supplemental draft does not appear to be (and perhaps never was) in danger of being cancelled. The only time the supplemental draft has been cancelled in the past has been when there have been no players to be eligible. This last occurred in 2008. Former Ohio State Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor had his eligibility scrutinized when it appeared that he left school with the hopes of entering the draft on his own. As NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello told Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com, the supplemental draft "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).”
However, Ohio State notified Pryor on July 26 that he would have been suspended for the entire 2011 season. That announcement was met with little media attention, but it certainly caught the notice of the NFL. Pryor's eligibility now indeed had been changed in an unforeseen way, essentially securing him a spot whenever the league was able to organize a supplemental draft.
Regardless of Pryor's eligibility, however, the NFL had known for weeks that former Georgia running back Caleb King would qualify for eligibility. Expected to take over the starting spot in 2011, King was instead found to be academically ineligible. Sources close to him had already made his plans to petition the league for eligibility in the supplemental draft public.
A third candidate for the supplemental draft is former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo, who is continuing a legal battle with his former team and the NCAA to return to the Tar Heels. McAdoo has not yet made an official announcement about his intentions, but there are rumblings throughout the league that the 6-6, 248 pound pass rusher is weighing his options.
With free agency, the signing of draft choices and the opening of training camp being compressed into just a few days, the NFL, frankly, hasn't had the time to worry about the supplemental draft. They don't really have the time now, either. However, with at least two players almost surely to be found eligible for the draft, it will happen. Teams are going to need time to attend workouts for each player prior to any draft. A reasonable expectation, according to the source, would be that the league notified teams soon of a date for the draft to be held -- even if the draft won't occur for another few weeks.
Typically the supplemental takes place on or around July 15 - approximately 10 days before the start of most training camps in a normal year.
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:41 pm
Any doubt as to whether former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor would be deemed eligibile for an NFL supplemental draft this summer likely was erased yesterday when Pryor's lawyer received a letter from Buckeye Athletic Director Gene Smith notifying their former star that he would have been found ineligible for the 2011 season.
With Pryor ineligible for next season, he fulfills the technicality the NFL needed to allow him into their special-case draft. Previously, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had told Alex Marvex of FoxSports.com that Pryor, (like any player) was only eligible for the draft if their situation had been affected by "unforeseen circumstances."
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:43 pm
Terrelle Pryor might have to sweat out a ruling by Joel Bussert, the NFL's vice president of player personnel/football operations, to determine if he'll be eligible for any supplemental draft held this summer, but that doesn't mean the draft doesn't have other players likely to be available.
Sources close to former Georgia running back Caleb King have announced that he is planning to formally petition the league for admittance into the special-case draft.
NFLDraftScout.com has learned that there might be another player joining the party -- former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo.
If the name strikes a bell, it should.
McAdoo was among the 14 Tar Heel players suspended by the NCAA for, among other things, taking inappropriate benefits from player agents last year. He, along with former teammates Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin, Greg Little (and three others) was suspended for the entire 2010 season. Unlike Quinn, Austin and Little -- who accepted thousands of dollars in gifts and were each drafted into the NFL this past April -- McAdoo was found to have accepted only $110 of inappropriate benefits and had hoped to return to North Carolina. However, because McAdoo was also found guilty of academic fraud as the NCAA's investigation into the program dug deeper, it was determined that he shouldn't be allowed to return to Chapel Hill to athletically compete.
McAdoo is suing UNC and the NCAA to regain his eligibility. On July 13, Durham Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson denied McAdoo's request for a preliminary injunction. The injunction would have allowed McAdoo to return to the field immediately.
According to a detailed report by Andy Staples of SI.com, McAdoo's lawyers are continuing the legal fight to get him back on the field for the Tar Heels, but should a stunning reversal not come from the NCAA, the university's hands are tied, which could push McAdoo into the draft.
At 6-6, 248 pounds, McAdoo has the length and athleticism to pique the interest of 4-3 and 3-4 teams, alike. The primary backup to Quinn, McAdoo had shown flashes throughout of his career. While he hadn't start a game in his first two seasons with the Tar Heels, he was a regular part of the rotation, registering 29 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks over that span. The 21 year-old was viewed by those close to the team as a potential rising star, especially after being named the MVP of UNC's 2010 spring game. In that game McAdoo posted four sacks and an interception.
A league source characterized the supplemental draft as "very much on the back burner with the league right now" so there has been no declaration as to when -- or if -- there will be a a "special case" draft this summer. Should it happen, McAdoo could very well be among the players NFL teams will be considering.
Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 12:48 pm
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.
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.
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:56 am
The NFL lockout has, of course, destroyed any type of normalcy in this year's off-season.
Though free agency, mini-camps and more have been pushed back, scouting for next year's talent remains in a state of full-speed-ahead for most NFL teams. This is also true for the supplemental draft, which historically has taken place in mid July. Last year's draft was conducted on July 15. This year's draft date has not yet been announced to teams.
July 1st is not an official deadline, but it has become a bit of an important symbolic date in the NFL calendar. By today, NFL teams typically know the date and -- more importantly -- many of the athletes likely to be available in the supplemental draft.
This year, however, according to multiple league sources, the NFL has not yet contacted its teams with any news about the draft or any players who might be available.
Of course, everyone knows that former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is in. With only 10 players drafted via the supplemental since 1999, clearly there haven't been many stellar classes, but NFL teams typically have multiple players with which to consider.
At this point, however, there is only Pryor.