The NFL's Supplemental Draft has come and gone, with quarterback Terrelle Pryor of THE. . .dramatic pause. . .Ohio State University being the only player selected. The Oakland Raiders. . .shocking, I know. . .gave up their third round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft in order to take Pryor.
However, the Vikings grabbed themselves a player that was eligible for the Supplemental Draft, but was not selected. They signed running back Caleb King out of the University of Georgia, who had been declared academically ineligible to play for the Bulldogs for the 2011 college season and chose to apply for the Supplemental Draft.
The 5'11", 210-pound King had a bit of an interesting college career, to say the least. After redshirting in 2007, he was the backup to Knowshon Moreno in 2008. Moreno left for the NFL after the 2008 season, and King was expected to be the starter in 2009, but he fractured his jaw during the season. He still managed to rush for 594 yards on 114 carries and seven rushing touchdowns. As a junior for the Bulldogs in 2010, King rushed for 430 yards on 80 carries and scored two touchdowns.
He's not going to have a heck of a lot of time to make an impression on the Vikings, as he's already missed the first two pre-season games, and the running back depth chart appears to be set with Adrian Peterson as the main guy, Toby Gerhart backing him up, and Lorenzo Booker serving in a change-of-pace capacity. It wouldn't be terribly surprising to see King on the practice squad this coming season.