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Supplemental Draft Set for Aug. 17: Could Pryor Interest the Bengals?

Now that the lockout has come to an end and there has been a flurry of free agent moves, it's almost time for the Supplemental Draft. One week from today, players who missed the deadline for the draft or had some sort of eligibility problems. Since the Bengals only had four wins last year, they'll have one of the first "bids" this year.

One of the first players that could be big on, of course, could be Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor. According to a recent Tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Pryor was going to hold a pro day, but now it's on hold while the NFL decides whether or not he's eligible for the Supplemental Draft.

If the Bengals ever were interested in the full-time Ohio State quarterback and the part-time sports memorabilia salesman, they likely aren't anymore. They seem to be content with Andy Dalton as their starter, Bruce Gradkowski as their backup and either Jordan Palmer or Dan LeFevour as their third-string quarterback.

Pryor could offer some interesting opportunities for offenses, though. Especially if they decide to use him in certain situations that could utilize his legs as well as his arm. 

The Bengals have only used the Supplemental Draft once to pick up a player since 1977, when the Supplemental Draft was introduced. In 2006, the Bengals selected Ahmad Brooks in the third round of the Supplemental Draft out of Virginia, where he was dismissed from the team. Brooks played for the Bengals for two seasons, playing in 13 games, making 37 tackles, one sack and intercepting one pass from the linebacker position.

He has recently found more success on the 49ers, where he's played the last three years, especially as a pass rusher, having racked up 11 sacks in the past two seasons.

We'll have to wait and see whether or not the Bengals decide to use the Supplemental Draft to select any players this year but I would say that the smart bet is that they won't.