Ohio St. Scandal Could Impact NFL

Four of the Buckeyes' top seniors-to-be — all ranked in the top six at their positions — could opt for the Supplemental Draft. However, whether the Supplemental Draft can be held is a matter of some debate.

The disaster at Ohio State left in the wake of Monday's resignation by coach Jim Tressel could have some major — and thorny — ramifications for the NFL.

As part of the memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal, four of the Buckeyes' top seniors-to-be were to be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season. With Tressel out and tougher sanctions sure to hit the program, those players could drop out of school and petition the NFL for admittance into the Supplemental Draft.

One problem, however: The final league-sanctioned event allowed before the lockout was the 2011 draft. For sake of example, when the Green Bay Packers selected Mike Wahle in the second round of the 1998 Supplemental Draft, they lost a second-round pick in the regular 1999 draft. Without a collective bargaining agreement, there is no draft scheduled for 2012, meaning there are no corresponding draft picks to lose by selecting a player in the Supplemental Draft.

Last week, The Sports Xchange's Len Pasquarelli wrote that the Supplemental Draft "is covered explicitly in the expired collective bargaining agreement" after he had asked NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. Aiello did not immediately respond to a follow-up e-mail from Packer Report on Monday night in which we asked how the Supplemental Draft could be held without a regular draft allowed in 2012.

The NFL held last year's Supplemental Draft on July 15. No date has been set for this year, Aiello said, because nobody had applied for entry.

That could change quickly — assuming the Supplemental Draft really is allowed without a collective bargaining agreement.

The five players who were facing five-game suspensions to open the season are offensive tackle Mike Adams, running back Daniel Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, quarterback Terrelle Pryor and defensive end Solomon Thomas. According to NFLDraftScout's 2012 rankings, Adams is the second-ranked offensive tackle, Herron the second-ranked running back, Pryor the fourth-ranked quarterback and Posey the sixth-ranked receiver. Thomas, who would be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, is the 48th-ranked defensive end.

The Packers are set at offensive tackle and running back. Pryor, at the right price, would be an intriguing developmental prospect for a team that figures to lose Matt Flynn to free agency after the upcoming season. Pryor has a prodigious amount of talent but his mechanics need almost a complete makeover. In two years as a starter, the 6-foot-2 Posey averaged 56.5 catches for 838 yards (14.8 yards per catch) and 7.5 touchdowns.

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