Given all the uncertainty surrounding this year’s NFL off season, there were questions raised after the resignation of Ohio State’s head coach Jim Tressel over the weekend and whether there would be a Supplemental Draft this year. It appears according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello that there will be a Supplemental Draft if and when any players declare. The next question should be, when and how many Ohio State University players declare?
Declaring for the Supplemental NFL Draft should be the next logical step for the famous five which started all of this inquiry into Ohio State University which led to the ultimate resignation of Jim Tressel. The five OSU players in question, QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Daniel Herron, WR DeVier Posey, OT Mike Adams and DE Solomon Thomas are already suspended for the first five games of the 2011 OSU season. How do they increase their draft status in 2011 in the NFL by missing the first five games of the season?
According to NFLDraftScout.com, preliminary rankings have some of these players ranked high on their draft board heading into 2011. OT Mike Adams is ranked as the second offensive tackle. RB Daniel Herron is ranked as the second best running back. Posey is the sixth-ranked wide receiver and Pryor is the fourth ranked quarterback.
These players need to seriously weigh some issues as the clock is ticking. Can they improve their current pre-season ranking by the end of the 2011 season by missing the first five games of the season. Do they want to risk injury? Do they want to risk the very serious possibility that they will be released from the Buckeyes squad as the NCAA investigation continues on? Will they miss out on more money by coming out in this year’s supplemental draft? Yes, but they’ve already made money at Ohio State.
The last question would have to be, whether or not NFL teams are willing to gamble on these players in a supplemental draft. Herron, Adams and Posey will likely find suitors in the NFL if they declare for a supplemental, but what about Pryor? A new story has emerged that Terrelle Pryor was driving his car with a suspended driver’s license. With all of these character questions surrounding him, does an NFL team really want to take a risk on a quarterback which may never play quarterback in the NFL with so many character questions now swirling?
If I were one of these five players in question at Ohio State which will already be suspended for the start of the season, I would declare for the supplemental draft and take what I could get from a NFL team because I seriously believe that they might be released from the Buckeyes team before the start of the regular season. Take what you can get and move on with your career, if you seriously have the passion to play the game at the next level.