Update: July 9 @3:30pm: Isaiah Battle was the only player selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft, taken in the fifth round today by the St. Louis Rams. The six other players who made themselves eligible for the draft will now become UDFAs, free to sign with any team they wish.
The NFL will hold its annual supplemental draft on Thursday, which is usually a fruitless exercise. The last player chosen in the supplemental draft was WR Josh Gordon back in 2012. The Cleveland Browns used a second-round pick on Gordon, and well, you know the rest.
This year, seven players have thrown their names into the mix in hopes that an NFL team will burn a 2016 draft pick on them to attain their rights. Clemson OT Isaiah Battle is the player that is drawing the most attention this year and is almost certain to be selected.
On Tuesday, representatives from 26 teams attended Battle's pro day, in which he reportedly raised some eyebrows with his performance. From former Cowboys' GM Gil Brandt of NFL.com:
Battle (6-foot-6 1/8, 312 pounds) went through a workout that was held indoors and run on FieldTurf and has an 85 1/4-inch wing span and 35 3/8-inch arms....he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.29 and 5.21 seconds. He had a 24 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-5 broad jump. He performed 12 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, but had this exercise cut short because of a cramp in his arm.
Offensive tackles are hard to find in this league, and with the shortage of talent, Battle could warrant a fourth- or even a third-round draft pick from the right team. The Bills and Jets are said to be interested, as are the Falcons.
The Giants may also be interested, but with all of their issues these days, they may simply take a pass. Our colleague over at Rotoworld, John Norris, tells us Battle may have the look and the attributes of a franchise tackle, but in reality, he is far away from being one. (Rotoworld, June 30).
Norris also points out that Battle is in this draft because his time at Clemson came to an abrupt end. Battle received his "third strike" after his latest infraction with marijuana and will not be allowed to return to the team this upcoming college football season.
Experts don't see the other six players getting drafted, which means they would become free agents for any team to sign.