Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ohio State Buckeye Players Eyeing NFL Supplemental Draft?

With Jim Tressel out at Ohio State, there are rumblings that five of his (former) star athletes may be following him out of town.

According to College Football Talk, five Buckeye players: quarterback Terrelle Pryor (pictured left with Tressel), offensive tackle Mike Adams, tailback Dan Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and defensive end Solomon Thomas may opt for the NFL supplemental draft now that Tressel is gone.

The five Buckeye players each face five-game suspensions next season after it was revealed they sold personal memorabilia in exchange for tattoos and cash.

In a report by CBS' Len Pasquarelli, sources told him the five players are expected to reconsider their supplemental draft stock, saying the departure of Tressel “put some things up in the air.”

Tressel resigned Monday a midst growing scandal and an ongoing NCAA investigation involving the Ohio State football program. Tressel admitted covering up details about the five Buckeye players and their dealings with a local tattoo parlor owner. Tressel spent ten seasons at Ohio State, winning 106 games and a national championship.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that if any of the five players decide to apply for the NFL's supplemental draft, the NFL lockout would not prevent them from being drafted. According to Schefter's report, the supplemental draft will be held sometime in July, if there are applicants. So far, there have been no applicants.

In a supplemental draft, teams submit picks to the league and if their bid is the highest, they receive the player but lose the corresponding draft pick in the next draft.

ESPN used last year's supplemental draft to help explain the formula: the Chicago Bears picked Brigham Young running back Harvey Unga and the Dallas Cowboys selected Illinois defensive end Josh Brent. Both players were selected in the seventh round, meaning the Bears and Cowboys forfeited their seventh-round picks in the 2011 NFL draft.

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