NFL announces seven players eligible for supplemental draft
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.