Supplemental Draft Scheduled For July 12; Could The Vikings Get Involved?

The National Football League has reportedly scheduled its Supplemental Draft for July 12. The Supplemental Draft is a draft for players that were not eligible for the regular draft, but have had a status change since that time. . .generally for academic and/or disciplinary reasons.

Here is an explanation of the way the Supplemental Draft works, according to the folks at Wikipedia:

Draft order is determined by a weighted system that is divided into three groupings. First come the teams that had six or fewer wins last season, followed by non-playoff teams that had more than six wins, followed by the 12 playoff teams. In the supplemental draft, a team is not required to use any picks. Instead, if a team wants a player in the Supplemental Draft, they submit a "bid" to the Commissioner with the round they would pick that player. If no other team places a bid on that player at an earlier spot, the team is awarded the player and has to give up an equivalent pick in the following year's draft.

For example, in last year's Supplemental Draft, the only player taken was quarterback Terrelle Pryor from THE. . .dramatic pause. . .Ohio State University. The Oakland Raiders bid a third-round pick for Pryor, and the Commissioner determined their pick to be the highest. As a result, they were awarded Pryor, and had to give up their third-round pick in the 2012 Draft as compensation. (Running back Caleb King also declared for the Supplemental Draft, but nobody bid any picks for him, and the Vikings ultimately signed him as an undrafted free agent.)

The full list of players that will make themselves available for the Supplemental Draft has not yet been determined.

The reason I wonder whether or not the Vikings will get involved is that they already have two extra picks in the 2013 Draft to play around with. They have an extra fourth-round selection courtesy of the Detroit Lions, and they have an extra sixth-round pick from the Tennessee Titans. If the team sees someone that they feel could potentially help the team this season, it wouldn't be that surprising to see them possibly jump into the pool to get them knowing that they're basically playing with free picks at this point.

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