We are less than a week away from the NFL's Supplemental Draft, held on July 9. The Supplemental Draft has been less exciting in recent years, as there have been no selections since 2012, but in total there have been 43 players taken since 1977. Only one player who was a Supplemental Draft pick went on to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Ohio State alum Cris Carter. Carter was also one of only eight Supplemental Draft picks to eventually be selected to the Pro Bowl.
There are currently four eligible players in this year's event: West Georgia DT Dalvon Stuckey and DE Darrius Caldwell, North Carolina Central WR Adrian Wilkins and recently added Clemson T Isaiah Battle. All of this year's participants have set their pro day workouts for NFL scouts ahead of draft day, with up to 20 teams slated to attend the workout at West Georgia.
Here's a quick breakdown of the rules of the Supplemental Draft from The Phinsider:
"The Supplemental Draft is different than the regular NFL Draft in that the teams do not meet in one location, and it is not a live event. If a team wants to select a player, they submit a bid indicating in which round they would make the pick. The NFL then awards the player to the team that submitted the earliest pick, with teams bidding in the same round tie-broken through a draft order similar to the regular Draft's selection order. If a team is awarded a player, they then lose a draft choice from the next year's regular Draft from the round in which the supplemental pick was made."
While this event typically comes and goes without much fanfare, it is something that has without a doubt aided in two Buckeyes landing spots on NFL rosters. Here's a look at the two former Ohio State players who have benefited from this annual second-chance opportunity, both of whom were on the cusp of losing their careers before they even started.
Terrelle Pryor - 2011
Plagued by "tattoo-gate" heading into his senior year with the Buckeyes, Pryor was suspended by the NCAA and chose to try his hand at the supplemental draft. His suspension was going to roll-over to the NFL regardless, which made him more of a risk than typical Supplemental draftees.
He was chosen in the third round of the draft by the Oakland Raiders. After fulfilling his 5-game suspension, he returned to the football field. Pryor has only seen playing time in 15 total NFL games since 2011. Heading into the 2013 season with the Raiders, Pryor had earned the starting quarterback spot and lead the team to a few early-season wins and near upsets. After going 3-6, Pryor was benched for the back-up and has seen little to no playing time since.
Pryor recently announced he has changed positions from quarterback to wide receiver after bouncing from Oakland to Seattle to Kansas City to Cincinnati. Following the position change, the Cleveland Browns signed him as a receiver. His career stats as quarterback include 170 completions for 1,953 yards and nine touchdowns, but he was also plagued with 12 interceptions and five fumbles.
Cris Carter - 1987
Taken by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the Supplemental Draft back in the late-80's, Carter might be one of the most successful second-chance stories out there. Having been suspended prior to his senior season at Ohio State for signing early with an agent, the wide receiver relented and tried to get on a professional roster another way.
His early career was littered with off-the-field issues that eventually saw him released by the Eagles after just three seasons. His second try at the NFL-thing came with the Minnesota Vikings, which brought great success for 12 seasons, followed by one year with the Miami Dolphins in 2002. Following eight Pro Bowl appearances, he quietly retired after a less-than stellar year with the Dolphins. He was a Hall of Fame nominee several times before officially being voted in to the 2013 class of inductees.
Looking at his regular season statistics only, it's easy to see why Carter was a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee and the impact he's had on the game since he was picked during the Supplemental Draft.
Career receiving stats: 1,101 REC, 13,899 YDS and 130 TDS
Career scoring stats: 131 TDS for 796 PTS
- Member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990's. Recording 42 100-yard receiving games during his career and had 10 or more touchdowns in a season six times.
- Recorded eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. His top year as a pro was 1995 when he finished with 122 catches, a career-high 1,371 yards and 17 touchdowns.
- Named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1999 for his volunteer and charity work.
- In 2000, Carter was named to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team.
- In 2003, he was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame. Having finished his collegiate career as the Buckeyes' all-time leader in receptions (168) and touchdown catches (27). He also set single-season marks in 1986 for touchdown catches (11) and receiving yards (1,127).