NFL Sets Supplemental Draft for Aug. 17

Now the question is whether or not Terrelle Pryor or Caleb King will be eligible for the draft in order to play in the NFL this season.

Posted: 08/09/2011 05:22 PM EDT
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Terrelle Pryor

It appears disgraced Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is at least one step closer to realizing his NFL dream after the league set Aug. 17 as the day of the supplemental draft.

 

There had been some concern whether or not the NFL would hold its annual summer supplemental draft this year due to the delay of the season. But the NFL informed teams on Monday that it will indeed hold the draft for college players with extenuating circumstances.

 

The only hitch is that the NFL hasn’t declared any NFL players eligible for the supplemental draft yet, according to an ESPN report. But there are two who definitely have applied: Georgia running back Caleb King and Pryor.

 

Should Pryor and King be accepted, they will be drafted by the highest bidder via secret ballot. Should a team pick Pryor in, say, the second round of the supplemental draft, that team will forfeit its second round pick in the 2012 draft.

 

In the event Pryor is not selected in the Aug. 17 draft, he will have to wait until next spring’s NFL draft to be selected. But if he gains eligibility and is picked next week, Pryor can immediately join his new team this season.

 

The problem for Pryor, however, is that should he make it through the eligibility hurdle it is no guarantee that he will be an early selection or that he will be picked at all by the 32 NFL teams. There are still questions about his ability to play quarterback at the pro level, while there are even more concerns about his character in wake of the NCAA trouble he has left Ohio State in.

 

Contact Terrance Harris at terrancefharris@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @Terranceharris

 

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