If you’ve been paying attention at all to sports news over the past few weeks, you’ve heard about the controversy surrounding the Ohio State football program these days: numerous NCAA violations, coach Jim Tressel being forced to resign, etc.
We won’t get into all the details surrounding Ohio State’s problems – not our role. But this could affect the Bills in one way: what if star quarterback Terrelle Pryor is completely ineligible after all this shakes out? Could he decide to apply for the supplemental draft?
Pryor, already suspended for the first five games of 2012 for violating NCAA rules, hasn’t shown much interest in following rules since then. Recently, he reportedly drove to a press conference in his car. No big deal, right? Except for the fact that Pryor arrived in the eighth new car he’s had since he arrived in Columbus. And this car’s no rustbucket:
Oh, and Pryor also has a suspended license. Good judgement on his part.
So, I think there’s an excellent chance Pryor will never be allowed to suit up for the Buckeyes again. That leaves him with a choice: wait for the 2012 draft, or apply for the 2011 Supplemental Draft to (supposedly) be held in July.
The Supplemental Draft works like this: teams can bid on a round in which they’d be willing to select a player. The team that submits the earliest round wins that player and forfeits their corresponding pick in the 2012 draft. So if for instance both the Bills and Cardinals wanted Pryor, both teams would bid. If the Bills submitted a fourth-round bid and the Cardinals a second-round bid, the Cardinals would win Pryor and lose their 2012 second-round pick as a result.
My question to you: would it be worth it for the Bills to take a shot on Pryor in the Supplemental Draft should he apply?
I personally think he’d be worth a mid-to-late round flyer. He’s certainly talented, and probably has more upside than Levi Brown – the only QB not named Ryan Fitzpatrick on the roster. All kinds of character concerns, however, and his accuracy is not great.