The NFL has yet to set a date for its supplemental draft, but former Georgia running back Caleb King said Tuesday that he will make himself available to be selected.
David Tulis/Staff Georgia’s Caleb King announced Tuesday that he plans to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft after being declared academically ineligible.
Four days after Georgia declared King academically ineligible for his senior season, King issued a statement through the athletic department saying, “I look forward to pursuing an opportunity at the next level through the NFL’s supplemental draft and playing the game that I have loved since I was a young boy.”
Eligiblity for the draft is determined “on a case-by-case basis,” according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.
Former Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver also was academically ineligible in 2007 and entered the supplemental draft. San Diego selected him in the fourth round, surrendering an equivalent pick in the 2008 draft in exchange.
The only other player known to be entering this year’s supplemental draft is former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Pro Football Talk reported that King received a sixth-round grade from the NFL scouting service BLESTO.
Rob Rang, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, also thinks King has late-round talent, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be selected in the supplemental draft.
“While talented enough for teams to consider using a draft pick on, King has his work cut out for him if he going to be able to convince a club he has the work ethic and maturity worthy of a selection in the supplemental draft (whenever that should come) when there are several other similarly gifted backs who will be available for signing as undrafted free agents,” Rang wrote. “Teams will ask themselves why give up a pick for King when they could sign Auburn’s Mario Fannin, Miami’s Graig Cooper or Virginia Tech’s Darren Evans (among others).”
King rushed for 1,271 yards in three seasons at Georgia, but never lived up to the expectations placed on his shoulders out of high school when he was Georgia’s highest rated in-state signee in the 2007 class — No. 4 according to Rivals.com.
Last season he served a two-game suspension for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket and missed Georgia’s bowl game for missing a fifth academic appointment.
Georgia said Friday that King would consider options available to him. Those included playing in the Canadian Football League or transferring to another school.
With the ongoing NFL lockout, the supplemental draft isn’t even certain to be held this month.
King did not return a message left for him Tuesday morning by the Athens Banner-Herald.
In his statement through UGA, he said: “My years at the University of Georgia have afforded me a tremendous opportunity to develop my skills on the field. Coach Mark Richt and the entire UGA football team and staff have been instrumental in my growth and development both on and off the gridiron. I have learned countless lessons that continue to mold me into a better individual and player. While I will miss my Bulldog family, I will continue to put my situation and future career in God’s hands.”