The NFL Supplemental Draft isn’t something that receives much fanfare (especially in comparison to the actual draft) but occasionally there are diamonds in the rough that can be found. Will that be the case this year? That’s the hope of four players who are eligible to enter.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, wide receiver Chase Clayton of New Mexico, University of North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynch defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross & SMU running back Traylon Shead are all scheduled to take part.
Will any get drafted though? That’s a question few seem to have a solid answer on, though if last season was any indication they might need a stroke of luck as no players were picked in the NFL’s 2013 Supplemental Draft.
As for the players, Clayton brings with him a solid skill set but after hauling in his first catch of the 2013 season, the wide receiver missed the remainder of the year thanks to a scary knee injury. Lipford meanwhile had a solid season for the Tar Heels though was more of a rotational talent at the collegiate level and it’s questionable if his skills would translate well into the NFL.
The one player who may find himself on an NFL roster by the end of the Supplemental Draft would be Southern Methodist’s Traylon Shead thanks to his size and running style, however he’s dealt with significant injuries before and hasn’t played since 2012 after he was ruled ineligible for 2013.
Teams who do select a player (assuming somebody does) must forfeit their draft pick in the corresponding round of the actual 2015 Draft, so that’s why you don’t see much action during the NFL Supplemental Draft.
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