NFL announces seven players eligible for supplemental draft

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In the last two years, no players have been selected in the NFL supplemental draft. This year, the NFL has announced that seven players are eligible to be selected.

However, only one is likely to be chosen: Isaiah Battle, an offensive tackle from Clemson, has a very good chance of getting picked when the supplemental draft takes place on July 9.

The league has announced that six other players are eligible as well: West Georgia defensive end Darrius Caldwell, West Georgia defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, Houston defensive end Eric Eiland, UConn tight end Sean McQuillan, Kansas defensive back Kevin Short and North Carolina Central wide receiver/kick returner Adrian Wilkins.

Players can enter the supplemental draft if something changes with their college eligibility after the deadline to declare for the regular draft. Often when “something changes” that means the player off-field trouble, so that means supplemental prospects are viewed by NFL teams as having one strike against them already.

Battle’s talent may be sufficient that some team will overlook that one strike and draft him. The other players are likely to be passed over in the supplemental draft and attempt to sign somewhere as undrafted free agents.

19 responses to “NFL announces seven players eligible for supplemental draft

  1. I’d throw a 4th in for Battle. 4th rounders are 50/50 shots anyways.

  2. Still do not understand how Isaiah Battle got in. He was not deem ineligible, his scholarship was not revoked, and he already knew he was planning on having a child…..

  3. Kid is good. Doing the right thing. A NC trophy or ring is not going to out food in his children’s mouth. And yeah, he was stopped on possession of Pot. Big deal. If he was in Washington or Colorado it’s legal, which it should be in all the states. Somebody is going to get a good player that will be very thankful for a chance.

  4. I’ve been following the NFL for decades and I still have no idea how the supplemental draft works. Why does the NFL supports this outdated and mysterious draft process?

  5. giantseahawk says:
    Jul 2, 2015 1:41 PM
    I’ve been following the NFL for decades and I still have no idea how the supplemental draft works. Why does the NFL supports this outdated and mysterious draft process?
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    As to how it works, teams submit the name of the player they want to draft and what round they would take him in. If no team submits a higher pick, they get the player and forfeit that pick in the next draft.

    As to why, the rules state that no player can enter the NFL without passing through a draft. Instead of making these guys wait an entire year just because of the bad timing of their eligibility loss, the NFL allows them to enter this draft. The result is that most of them wind up as free agents, eligible to sign with any team because they passed through a draft process.

    The reality is, no one wants to get picked in the SD. They would much rather pass through and be named free agents.

  6. Does a player have to enter the supp draft? Like if Battle decided to just take a year off and then enter the real draft, could he?

  7. The reality is, no one wants to get picked in the SD. They would much rather pass through and be named free agents.
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    Thanks for the explanation, even I understand how the SD works now. I was thinking, man this dude seems pretty smart, then I noticed your username: lukedunphysscienceproject.

  8. A succinct explanation of the supplemental draft. Thanks, lukedunphysscienceproject.

  9. “I’d throw a 4th in for Battle. 4th rounders are 50/50 shots anyways.”

    Pretty much every round pick is 50-50. There are just as many first round busts as successes.

  10. If he didn’t want to be part of supp draft , he can sit out and enter draft next year. Sitting out for a year would not help any of these players value!

  11. “mongo3401 says: Jul 2, 2015 1:39 PM
    Kid is good. Doing the right thing. A NC trophy or ring is not going to out food in his children’s mouth. And yeah, he was stopped on possession of Pot.”

    True, the trophy or ring would not ‘put’ food in his child’s mouth, but I bet the money he spent on pot would have.
    Priorities.

  12. The Falcons, as bad as they need Oline help, will probably throw a 3rd up for him.

  13. With the commissioner watering down the talent in this league, all these guys could be starting in the Super Bowl.

  14. Word is, Manziel just texted the Browns’ GM to pick him in the first round because he is going to wreck the league…

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