Ohio State, possible supplemental draft and the Carolina Panthers

OT Mike Adams would represent tremendous value should he decide to enter the supplemental draft.

I'm sure everyone knows the sordid details of Jim Tressel's resignation at this point, so there's no real need to rehash what's already been reported. All I'll say on the matter is that I'm not surprised, but not necessarily at Ohio State- but rather I'm surprised so many others are surprised. NCAA compliance is the Santa Claus of college sports, we all want to believe it's real, but ultimately know it isn't.

In the wake of the events Columbus there are reports of five prospects, some of whom could peak the Carolina Panthers' interests should they choose to enter the supplemental draft, rather than wait and possible be suspended for an entire NCAA season. Remember that as the team with the worst record in 2010 Carolina would be awarded a player should they place an equal bid on him.

More after the jump...

Let's again look over how the supplemental draft works. Basically the players enter and pool and teams 'bid' on what they are willing to spend on the player. This cost comes in the form of a 2012 draft pick. So, should a team choose to select a player at say- the third round level they are committing to using their 2012 pick early and get the player now. If more than one team submit the same bid it goes to the team with the worse record in 2010.

The five players rumored to be considering the supplemental draft are:

 

QB Terrelle Pryor

It's unclear what position Pryor projects to in the NFL. Some believe he can be a QB, while others think his 6'5", 230lb frame may actually suit the TE position better at the next level. Either way, he's an incredible athlete. It seems highly unlikely the Carolina Panthers would take a flier on Pryor, but if for some reason they put in a 6th or 7th round claim on him and it went unmatched it would be a steal for a player with that much athletic upside.

Chance the Panthers select: < 5%

 

OT Mike Adams

Here's where it begins to get really interesting. Adams was trending as a 1st/2nd round pick in the 2012 draft prior to the issues at OSU. He is a 6'8", 305lb left tackle who is seen as a troubled, but immensely talented player not unlike this year's 4th round pick Brandon Hogan. Adams looks to be a legitimate LT in the NFL, but could move to fill in at RT, and be part of future preparations for the LT position. If the Panthers could get him for a 3rd or 4th round supplemental pick, they're laughing.

Chance the Panthers select: 20%

 

RB Dan Herron

Running back may not be at the top of the Carolina Panthers' list, but it could come into play should the organization decide to part ways with DeAngelo Williams. Herron was trending as a 3rd/4th round player, and could warrant a 6th round compensatory selection. That being said, it's a long shot.

Chance the Panthers select: < 5%

 

WR DeVier Posey

Along with Adams, DeVier Posey is the most likely candidate for a selection should he decide to enter the supplemental draft. He is a strong 6'2" WR with good hands, several analysts believe he was poised for a breakout season and currently looking like a 3rd or 4th round pick. With there still being clouds surrounding Steve Smith's future it could behoove the Panthers to take a talented WR now with a 5th or 6th round compensatory pick and try and develop him, rather than play catchup in 2012.

Chance the Panthers select: 30%

 

DE Solomon Thomas

Undersized at 6'5", 248lbs there is a chance a player like Thomas could be an intriguing player for Ron Rivera's hybrid 3-4 scheme as a 3-4 OLB. With Lawrence Wilson the bar has already been set for smaller players, so it wouldn't be outside the realm of possibility as a value 7th round compensatory pick. That being said, it still seems like a long shot.

Chance the Panthers select: < 5% 

 

So really, it's Mike Adams and DeVier Posey and then the rest. Both these players could immediately help the Carolina Panthers should they decide to enter the supplemental draft. To be clear, none of these players have made a final decision on this yet- but it should give reason for Panthers' fans to follow how things unfold at Ohio State because there could be some value to be had.

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