In light of our story on the possibility of four top prospects declaring for the Supplemental Draft in the wake of the scandal that has gripped Ohio State, the NFL on Tuesday confirmed that there can be a Supplemental Draft even without a collective bargaining agreement.
Citing Page 46 of the 2006 CBA, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Packer Report: “If a player who was not eligible for the Draft in any League Year becomes eligible after the date of the Draft, he will be eligible to be selected in a supplemental Draft, if the League elects to conduct such a Draft.”
The nagging question, however, is this: The price of picking a player in the Supplemental Draft is a corresponding draft pick in the following spring’s regular college draft. The last NFL-sanctioned event under the old CBA was the 2011 draft. So, without an agreement to hold the college draft in 2012, how can there be a Supplemental Draft this summer?
“You are correct. There is no 2012 draft scheduled at this point,” Aiello wrote. “The assumption is there will be a draft.”
The word "assumption" seems like a dicey word given the state of labor negotiations but the players haven't made any rumblings about ending the draft, so the league probably is safe in that regard. In the unlikely scenario that there is no draft in 2012 but one in 2013, the pick would be forfeited in 2013 because the CBA reads the pick would be given up “in the next succeeding” draft.
No players have declared for the Supplemental Draft, and that Ohio State’s elite prospects might do so is nothing but speculation. Five players are facing five-game suspensions to open the season: 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 is the 48th-ranked defensive end.
Because no players have petitioned entry into the Supplemental Draft, a date hasn’t been set, Aiello said. Typically, it’s been held in mid-July.
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