Neither former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor nor onetime Georgia tailback Caleb King, both of whom have filed paperwork with the NFL to petition for the 2011 supplemental draft, had been officially notified by the league as of Monday night of their eligibility for the special-cases lottery.
But both players apparently surmised that the NFL's move earlier in the afternoon, with the league apprising teams that a supplemental draft is planned for Aug. 17, is a signal that such a lottery will indeed be held. And Pryor and King, confident they will be part of the supplemental pool, scheduled "Pro Day"-type workouts for NFL scouts in the coming week.
It is not known if any other players have petitioned for the supplemental draft, although NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang reported that North Carolina defensive end Michael McAddo is considering doing so after being one of 14 Tar Heels suspended by the NCAA last year.
The Sports Xchange has learned that Pryor, who is essentially barred from the OSU campus after being declared ineligible by the school for allegedly receiving what the NCAA terms "special considerations," will audition Friday at a site in Pittsburgh that has yet to be disclosed. The former Buckeyes quarterback was a prep standout at Jeannette (Pa.) High School, near Pittsburgh.
It is believed that the Pryor camp prefers a site with an artificial surface field.
As reported last week by The Sports Xchange, King will work out for scouts on the Georgia campus, in Athens, Ga. Since King was declared academically ineligible a few weeks ago, he has stayed in close contact with school officials and coaches.
King will work out for scouts next Monday.
Unlike Pryor, whose pursuit of a spot in the supplemental draft was compounded by the nuances of his eligibility problems, King had no known entanglements. The former part-time starter for the Bulldogs rushed for 1,271 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry in three college seasons. At about 5-feet-10 1/2 and 218 pounds, and with a likely 40-yard time in the 4.55-second range, there are two teams in particular which have privately expressed some interest in either drafting him or bringing him to camp as a free agent.
In three seasons at Ohio State, Pryor completed 477 of 783 passes for 6,177 yards, with 57 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions. He also rushed 436 times for 2,164 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The early consensus on Pryor was that he will be a middle-round choice at best in the supplemental draft, but agent Drew Rosenhaus has publicly suggested his client will be chosen in the first round. No quarterback has been taken in the supplemental draft since 1992, when the New York Giants chose Dave Brown in the first round.
Len Pasquarelli is a Senior NFL Writer for The Sports Xchange. He has covered the NFL for 33 years and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee. His NFL coverage earned recognition as the winner of the McCann Award for distinguished reporting in 2008.