There might not be a Josh Gordon-level player in this year’s supplemental draft, but there are some guys with levels of baggage approaching the suspended Browns wideout.
Of course, being in the supplemental draft at all generally means there’s something amiss, as it’s generally for guys who either became ineligible or left teams, creating an automatic layer of red flags for teams to investigate.
According to a report by Rob Rang of CBSSports.com, the league informed teams over the weekend that six players would be eligible to be drafted in Thursday’s version. If a team takes a player, they lose the corresponding choice in next year’s draft.
The six players are: UNLV defensive end James Boyd, UNLV defensive tackle Nate Holloway, Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson, Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross and South Alabama defensive back Damond Smith.
Ross might be the standout of the group. He caught 56 passes for Purdue last year, but was placed on an indefinite suspension in February.
Smith blew through two colleges (he began at Western Michigan), with a conflict with teammates at one stop and a failed drug test at the other. He didn’t play at all in 2012, and only played in four games in 2011. The Packers reportedly tried signing him to a try-out deal this spring before the league said he should go in the supplemental pool.