After postponing the event due to the Lockout and other delays due to the jumbled NFL Calendar, the Supplemental Draft, which usually occurs in July, will take place today. Six players have petitioned for consideration this year -- Terrelle Pryor, Keenan Mace, Caleb King, Tracy Wilson, Michael McAdoo and Torez Jones.
In general, the Supplemental Draft is a "last chance" for college players that have lost their NCAA playing eligibility or got kicked off their respective teams. These are players with issues. Character issues, off-the-field issues, academic issues and well, you get the picture. On occasion, there is a player that graduated too late to declare for the regular draft who petitions the league for a chance at the Supplemental Draft, but it is a rare event.
The Denver Broncos have used a Draft pick in the Supplemental Draft before, selecting RB Bobby Humphries in the first round of the 1989 Supplemental Draft.
In this unconventional draft, teams interested in these available players place "bids" using next year's draft picks as the purchase price. In the instance of a tiebreaker, the team with the higher draft slot in the previous year receives the player in question. for this year's Supplemental Draft, the 2009 Draft order will be referred to.
The team bidding the highest pick for a player is rewarded the rights to that player. They forfeit that round selection in the following year draft. Last year, the Washington Redskins chose current Bronco DE Jeremy Jarmon and relinquished their 3rd round pick in the 2010 Draft.
Take a look at the prospects who have petitioned for today's draft.
The league announced last Thursday that Pryor is eligible for its supplemental draft, but he won’t be allowed to practice for the team that selects him until Week 6. Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes following an investigation into the team’s memorabilia-for-cash scandal. Pryor's agent is Drew Rosenhaus.
For a highlight of Keenan Mace go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7gE3fRUCFw
There you have it. The six candidates for the NFL's 2011 Supplemental Draft. Will the Broncos make a bid for any of these players? What do you think?