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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 08/22/2011

Terrelle Pryor spices up NFL’s supplemental draft; party like it’s ... April


Terrelle Pryor goes vertical during his pro day Saturday in Hempfield Township, Pa. (Jared Wickerham / GETTY IMAGES)
No need to rent out Radio City Music Hall. Jets fans can stay home. So can Roger Goodell.

The NFL’s supplemental draft will take place via email at 1 p.m. today, with teams submitting bids on the six players deemed eligible. This draft is conducted in such a low-key fashion that teams even don’t know the draft order until about 30 minutes before it begins. There’ll be no grand announcements when the picks are made.

There will, however, be a party. Terrelle Pryor plans to hold one because, really, who doesn’t want to party at 1 p.m. on a Monday — months after everybody else? The NFL Network has even dispatched a reporter to cover it.

So much for the quiet, bucolic pace of “the supp,” which began in 1977 as way to help players whose college eligibility had changed, usually because of suspensions or academic difficulties, after the regular April draft. Occasionally — emphasis on occasionally — a team has landed a gem, like Cris Carter.

This year’s intriguing possibility is Pryor, the former Ohio State quarterback. He was declared eligible by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and faced initial questions about his ability to play QB, then put on a show for scouts from roughly half the NFL teams at his pro day Saturday. So now everyone wonders if he might not have some value as a QB rather than a receiver and the anticipation is building. Is it 1 p.m. yet? Still, the payoff on Pryor would not be immediate: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has decreed that his suspension for the first five games of the college season conveys to the NFL.

Five other players — Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones, Georgia running back Caleb King, Lindenwood University/Allen Wranglers (IFL) defensive end Keenan Mace, and North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo — are also available.

Insider: Redskins unlikely to go for Pryor

Gallery: Supplemental draft finds

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