I'm sure we've all seen and likely kept up to date on whether or not Pryor would be allowed to partake in the supplimental draft. Well that ruling is done but until today I really had no idea on how it worked so I did some research and thought I'd throw it out there in case there are some of you that would like a 'general' idea on how this goes. To be eligible for the supplimental draft the underclassman has been deemed as ineligible to play in college for whatever the reason (grades, failed drug test, selling equipment, etc.).
So the draft is broken into 3 teirs of teams: 1) teams with 6 wins or less the previous year; 2) non-playoff teams w/7 wins or more; 3) playoff teams.
Each of these 3 teirs are then entered into a lottery with the worst team from previous year getting best chance to get top option (much like NBA lottery in that way). The 2nd and 3rd teirs are done in the same fashon. Now this next part is where it gets interesting. Each team submits to league the players names they would like AND what round in the supplimental draft they would like to select that player for. The team that submits the highest bid wins the rights to the player (with a catch)... the team that wins the rights to that player loses the draft pick for the round they selected in next years draft. Let me give an example. I'll use Pryor.
So lets say 5 teams are interested in having Pryor on their team: Lions, Bills, Cardinals, Seahawks and Packers. The Lions, Bills and Cardinals are in the top 2 teirs and Seahawks and Packers in the 3rd teir. So if the Lions, Bills and Cardinals each say they'd use a 4th round pick to get Pryor and the Seahawks and Packers put in a 3rd round pick... the Seahawks would win the pick and the rights to negotiate with Pryor, but would lose their 2012 3rd round pick. On the flip side if the Lions, Bills and Cardinals also bid a 3rd round pick on Pryor, the Bills would win the supplimental draft for him and lose their 3rd round pick in 2012 (assuming of course the lottery held true to their actual selection standing in 2011).
So now that we have an idea on how it works... lets answer the question, is it worth it? I think it can be ya. In order to do this right, you would basically have to guess where each player would fall in this years draft class and at the same time look over next years draft class and ask yourself, is this the guy we need right now and is it worth that pick next year. Would a team use a 3rd round pick on Pryor if he was eligible in 2011? Ya likely. Some draft day deals are done using 2012 draft picks... "Hey I'll give you a 3rd round pick next year for your pick this year". The question is this year because we are in well into preseason... is it worth it at this point? These players didn't have a combine but I believe most did have a proday. I think if a team has a need and can fill it to make them better they jump at the chance. A player like Pryor who is not an immediate starter anyway would be a good pick up for a team who wants/needs a QB to groom (I wouldn't be surprised if the Bills or Cardinals used a 3rd round pick for him).
A final note: I thought it interesting to see that Pryor's closest comparison to an NFL quarterback was Seattle's own Tavaris Jackson. Hmmm.