Rules of the draft
"Who would be eligible for this process? To be declared eligible for the supplemental draft, a player must file a petition, which is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Normally, it relates to people who lose eligibility after the NFL Draft. However, any delay in the college football season due to the pandemic would have an instant impact on players who would have been eligible for the NFL."
So I looked to find precedent for a player petitioning the Supplemental NFL Draft who hadn’t been kicked off of a team or suspended, and I think Sam Beal fits the bill there.
Matt Miller described Beal like this:
"Unlike most supplemental draft prospects of the last decade, Beal doesn’t come with red flags off the field. There are no reported failed drug tests. There are no coaches throwing him under the bus as a bad teammate. Instead, a college kid got behind on some credits and was in danger of losing his eligibility. And now NFL teams are ready to jump on this rare opportunity."
“In danger of losing his eligibility” suggests that a prospect just has to be at risk of being able to improve his draft stock in the upcoming season. Furthermore, when you read that article it is clear that this decision happened because there was a chance that the NCAA’s ruling wouldn’t come until after the NFL preseason had started.
For reference, the NFL’s Hall of Fame game was supposed to start August 6th which is 45 days from the time of writing this. Are we sure that the NCAA will be able to guarantee these prospects an answer before that?
With those assumptions, you can say that any player who is three years removed from high school should be eligible, especially if they can make the case that they came back to school with the intention of improving their draft stock.
Now that we cleared that up, why am I singling out Alabama?