The supplemental draft always brings with it a certain amount of hype. Fans hoping that their team might add one more talented player to the roster before the season begins will always pay some attention to the event.
The 2011 supplemental draft carried even more intrigue that most, however, due to the presence of Terrelle Pryor and as well as the presence of a few other legitimate NFL-caliber prospects. The draft was for six players the NFL found eligible. Alphabetically, they are: Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones, Georgia running back Caleb King, Lindenwood University/Allen Wranglers (IFL) defensive end Keenan Mace, North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson.
Pryor was selected by the Raiders in the third round. It is not known if any other teams put in a 3rd round bid for Pryor. Certainly none did who owned a pick higher than the Raiders, who a source charactized as picking "in the middle of the pack." The draft order is not released to the media, though I was able to learn that the Dallas Cowboys had been rewarded with the first pick and the Pittsburgh Steelers with the last one. Therefore, the Cowboys and according to the source several other clubs passed on Pryor in the third round before Oakland.***
The draft order is not determined by simply win/loss records as in the April draft. The 32 teams are placed into three groups and a weighted lottery is conducted to determine the order. For a more detailed explanation, see here.
As it turned out, Pryor was the only player selected.
Pryor has an exceptionally rare -- perhaps never before seen -- combination of size and straight-line speed for the quarterback position. He lacks the decision-making skills, anticipation and accuracy at this time, however, to enjoy consistent success as a full-time quarterback playing against NFL defenses. What he does offer is an athletic phenom capable of running, passing and receiver from specialized sets. He could be an extraordinary Wildcat option.
It will be interesting to see how the Raiders believe Pryor fits into their current roster. The team has an obvious starter in Jason Campbell and two former starters vying for the primary backup position in Kyle Boller and Trent Edwards. The team also has undrafted rookie Jordan La Secla on the roster. Most teams keep three quarterbacks during the regular seasons, so La Secla and either Boller or Edwards are likely heading to the waiver wire soon.
There is also the possibility that the Raiders are one of the teams that believes Pryor's NFL future lies at wide receiver or tight end. Al Davis' love of speed knows no bounds. There is always an opportunity to see the field in Oakland if one possesses enough speed and playmaking ability.
The five remaining players not selected can sign with any team as an undrafted free agent. King, Mace and McAdoo are expected to draw the most attention.
***ESPN.com's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Raiders owned the 18th pick of the draft.