OSU players can enter supplemental draft

Despite the ongoing NFL lockout, the supplemental draft will be held in July, colleague Adam Schefter reports.

That is, if there are any applicants. Currently there are none, an NFL official tells Schefter.

It could be significant for Ohio State players facing the possibility of missing significant field time this season. Five Buckeyes seniors will miss the first five games because of suspension, and one of them, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, is facing another investigation into allegations he received extra benefits.

If Pryor is in danger of a season-long suspension, why wouldn't he jump to the supplemental draft? He could do so, according to Tuesday's report.

Forty players have been selected in the NFL supplemental draft since its inception in 1977. The draft is intended for players who missed the filing deadline for the NFL draft or had other issues develop that affected their college eligibility.

The supplemental draft would be held in mid to late July, at least 10 days before training camps begin. No deadline has been set for players to enter the draft. Illinois defensive tackle Josh Brent was selected in last year's supplemental draft.

There was some buzz about Pryor entering the supplemental draft back in April, but it didn't last. As The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Doug Lesmerises pointed out then, Pryor likely wouldn't have been eligible for the supplemental draft because his eligibility situation at Ohio State hadn't changed.

A player must petition the NFL for special eligibility to enter the supplemental draft, and that petition always relies on a player's circumstance having changed since he could have declared for the NFL Draft. A player might be declared academically ineligible, or get kicked off his team for some reason or engage in an activity that causes him to lose his NCAA eligibility.

If the circumstances change for Pryor or other Ohio State players during the next few weeks, they could jump to the supplemental draft.