Terrelle Pryor: Should the Ohio State Buckeyes QB Consider the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Mike LangthorneContributor IIMay 31, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes calls out from under center against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With negative press continuing to mount surrounding the institutional improprieties of both the coaching staff and athletes of the Ohio State University football program; does it make sense for their fallen star quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, to begin making plans to petition the National Football League to enter the 2011 Supplemental Draft?

With the recent resignation of Jim Tressel and an impending investigation which could result in an extension on the previously administered five-game suspension that Pryor had originally received, it would appear that the NFL would move forward and accept the petition based upon similar rulings in the past.

If so, there are still a number of teams that have unresolved issues at quarterback and could potentially benefit from the arrival of Terrelle Pryor.

The NFL uses a weighted three-step, semi-lottery system to determine the order of the Supplemental Draft.

Teams with six wins or less participate in the first lottery for the top Supplemental Draft picks. The team that had the worst record among that group is given a weighted advantage over the following team, with each team's "weight" being decreased until reaching the team with the best record in the group.

The second group consists of non-playoff teams and follows the same weighted lottery system in order to determine positioning.

The third group consists of last season's 12 playoff teams and, again, follows the same weighted lottery.

After the draft order is determined, each team then submits the name of the player or players that they are interested in acquiring to the league office, as well indicating the round of the Supplemental Draft in which they would like to choose them in.

The team that submits the highest bid is then awarded the rights to the player. If more than one team were to bid a pick from the same draft round, then the team with the highest pick would be awarded the player.

If a team is to use a pick in the Supplemental Draft, they must then forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the next year's NFL Draft.

Naturally, there is admitted risk in moving forward with the selection of Pryor in the Supplemental Draft. Most concerning, is that here has been a number of differing opinions from league scouts regarding his skill set translating appropriately to the NFL.

While there is inherent risk involved with his selection, the same thing can usually be said for any collegiate athlete that declares himself eligible for the annual entry draft.

It’s a crapshoot.

Out of the 13 teams that finished with six wins or less at least four of those teams; the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, could use the services of a new quarterback. 

Generally, there is limited exposure with selections made within the NFL Supplemental Draft but there is a tremendous amount of upside to be gained.

Given the shoddy quarterback play that each of those franchises suffered through last season, isn’t a fourth- or fifth-round flyer worth the gamble?

At 6-6, 233 pounds, Pryor has the physical attributes to excel at the next level.

Both his career passing statistics; 477 Completions, 783 Attempts, 6177 Yards, 57 TD, 26 INT and career rushing statistics; 436 Attempts, 2164 Yards, 17 TD are nothing short of impressive and rival those of the top selection of this year's entry draft, Cam Newton.

Pryor’s days in Columbus are numbered, and he will leave behind a tarnished reputation.

While the poor decisions from his past will weigh heavily on the way in which organizations evaluate the positives and negatives surrounding his acquisition, there is no question that teams will be salivating at the opportunity to acquire his rights when that day comes.