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    Arrow July 11 - supplemental NFL draft ~ ~ ~

    Six players declared eligible for July 11 supplemental NFL draft
    by Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
    July 8, 2013 1:25 am ET

    Which team went unbeaten at home last season?(USATSI) O.J. Ross (No. 4) hopes his production at Purdue will lead to an NFL opportunity. (USATSI)NFL teams were alerted over the holiday weekend of the six players eligible for Thursday's supplemental draft.

    Alphabetically, they are :

    DE James Boyd, UNLV

    DT Nate Holloway, UNLV

    DE Toby Jackson, Central Florida

    WR DeWayne Peace, Houston

    WR O.J. Ross, Purdue

    DB Damond Smith, South Alabama

    The two most prominent players are the receivers Peace and Ross (pictured above), who combined for 110 passes for 1,057 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 and were being counted on by their collegiate teams to produce even more as seniors.Like most supplemental draft prospects - including several others from this year's class - Peace and Ross requested special eligibility for inclusion into the NFL's annual July draft because each ran into trouble at school.

    Peace caught 54 passes for 603 yards and two scores in 2012 for the Cougars. Ross caught 56 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns in 2012 for the Boilermakers.Ross is the more dynamic athlete of the two.The 5-11, 186-pounder possesses good quickness to make defenders miss and above average hands.He is more quick than fast, however, and may not possess the top-end speed teams are looking for in a mid-sized wideout. Ross was productive over his three seasons at Purdue after signing as a highly regarded prep out of Ormond Beach, Florida and leaves the school with 100 receptions for 959 yards and six scores. He saw time as a kick returner as a freshman, averaging 23.1 yards in 12 opportunities.He was placed on indefinite suspension from the team in February for a violation of team rules. He previously missed the 2011 Little Caesars Bowl due to academics.Peace was deemed academically ineligible and kicked off the team just last month. Like Ross, the 5-11, 190-pound Peace offers good lateral quickness but he does not possess the speed to run away from defenders.

    While the receivers are the most productive players in the 2013 supplemental class, scouts could be just as intrigued by the defenders eligible this summer, including a quick-footed cornerback who reportedly already caught the eye of one NFL team.A former starter as a true freshman at Western Michigan who transferred to South Alabama after a fight with a teammate, Smith was allowed to work out at Jacksonville State's Pro Day this past spring. He measured in at 5-11, 184 pounds there and was clocked by scouts in the mid 4.4s in the 40-yard dash. The Green Bay Packers reportedly signed him to a try-out deal following April's draft but the NFL determined he should instead be made eligible for the supplemental.Smith did not play in 2012 and saw time in just four games in 2011 for the Jaguars. He recorded 18 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss in 2011. He has good quickness and is surprisingly physical, considering his size.Conflicts with teammates in his two collegiate stops could guarantee Smith falls out of the seven rounds of supplemental draft, especially considering the hesitancy clubs are likely to show considering the recent Aaron Hernandez fallout.

    Of the remaining prospects, the 6-5, 255-pound Boyd offers intriguing size & athleticism. He signed with Southern Cal in 2009 as a highly regarded athlete out of Los Angeles, practicing with the team at quarterback, tight end and defensive end as a true freshman before appearing in two games (at DE) in 2010. He transferred to West Los Angeles City College but didn't play there in 2011 before signing with the Rebels, where he played in eight games (all at DE) in 2012 after initially practicing at quarterback.Boyd boasts intriguing size and a quick first step -- which helped him record a combined 2.5 sacks in UNLV's first two games of September this season (Northern Arizona, Washington State) - but was largely shut down by opponents after this because he is so reliant upon his speed and finished with just 21 tackles & the 2.5 sacks on the year.He did not play in UNLV's final four games of the season.

    His former teammate, Holloway, is a massive (6-3, 365) nose guard candidate who was expected to compete for a starting role in 2013. Holloway struggled with academics early in his career and did not record any statistics for the Rebels last season. He was one of six players who left the team in June for undisclosed reasons.Jackson, like Boyd, struggled with academics throughout a post-high school career which took him from Hargrave Military College to Navarro (Community) College to Central Florida. Jackson looks the part at 6-5, 257 pounds, but didn't make grades in 2012 and recorded just 14 tackles, three tackles for loss and one blocked punt in nine games (two starts) in 2011 for the Knights.

    Since its inception in 1977, a total of 43 players have been selected via the supplemental draft. Among the most notable selections were quarterback Bernie Kosar (Cleveland, 1985), wide receiver Cris Carter (Philadelphia, 1987) and linebacker Brian Bosworth (Seattle, 1987).This year's class does not possess an obvious draft-worthy candidate like former Baylor wideout Josh Gordon, who the Browns selected in the second round last July.At least one player has been selected in the supplemental draft the past four consecutive years and the last seven times the league granted players eligibility. The supplemental draft was canceled in 2008 due to a lack of qualified prospects.The supplemental draft was originally created for players who had lost their eligibility between the primary NFL Draft in April and the beginning of the next season.

    Unlike the televised April draft, the supplemental is carried out via e-mail among teams. The teams, slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the previous year, contact the league with a list of the players they would draft and the round in which they would take them. Any team that uses a supplemental draft pick would then lose the corresponding selection in the next year's draft. Should a player not be drafted he is free to sign with any team following the conclusion of the draft.The 2013 supplemental draft will begin at 1 pm (Eastern Time) on July 11. Though numerous other prospects have been linked to the supplemental draft in recent weeks, the six players listed previously make up the complete list of eligible applicants.

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    Anyone have round projections?

    Big nose tackle and speedy slot WR could be interesting for late round picks next year

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    just an fyi ; damond smith could help us....as long as he does NOT get into fights w/ our other players

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    O.J. Ross caught 100 balls for 959 yards and six touchdowns over three years at Purdue.

    The NFL’s supplemental draft, which last year produced burgeoning Browns star receiver Josh Gordon, will take place this Thursday. There will be six players available for NFL teams to choose from: three defensive linemen, a defensive back and two wide receivers.Teams “draft” players in this format by bidding future draft picks — Cleveland, for example, put up a 2013 second-rounder to nab Gordon; the team’s spot in Round 2 of this year’s normal NFL draft was then skipped.

    Will any of the six eligible prospects earn a draft nod this time around? Here’s a quick look at the players in the mix :

    James Boyd, DE, UNLV: Since the NFL is growing more and more obsessed with high-upside, athletic players, Boyd could pique some interest. He was a four-star recruit out of high school, after racking up 106 tackles and throwing for 4,200 yards and 44 touchdowns. He bounced around between QB and DE at USC, then did the same at West Los Angeles Community College.Boyd, now 6-foot-5 and about 250 pounds, settled on the defensive side of the football last season at UNLV and produced 2.5 sacks (2.0 coming in the Rebels’ second game vs. Northern Arizona). He’s very raw and inexperienced as a pass-rusher, but his speed could get him on the radar.

    Nate Holloway, DT, UNLV: UNLV’s website lists Holloway at 6-3 and 365 pounds, so he’s probably looking at a nose tackle-or-bust NFL future. He sat out the 2012 season with academic issues, so he has not been on the field since 2011 — he had 3.5 tackles for loss that year and 1.5 in ’10. A team looking for some depth up front may give Holloway a tryout, but it’s hard to envision any franchise using a draft pick here.

    Toby Jackson, DE, Central Florida: Another player who missed 2012 due to academic shortcomings, Jackson played just one year with Central Florida after starting his college career in the JUCO ranks at Navarro College. The 6-5, 267-pound end had 3.0 tackles for loss during the ’11 season. But a bunch of upper-echelon teams were interested in him coming out of Navarro, including Alabama and Georgia, so there may still be some untapped talent here.

    DeWayne Peace, WR, Houston: Peace led Houston last season with 54 catches for 603 yards. He and Deontay Greenberry might have formed a dynamic receiving duo for the Cougars this season, too, had Peace not been ruled ineligible (reportedly for academic reasons) in early June.Could an NFL team take a flier on Peace ? Possibly late, though there does not appear to be anything here, talent-wise, that jumps off the table. Peace scored just two touchdowns last season and has only adequate size at 5-11, 190. He may nab a late-round gamble, but it’s much more probable that Peace eventually signs as a free agent.

    O.J. Ross, WR, Purdue: The most productive college player available in the supplemental draft, Ross hauled in 100 passes for 959 yards and six touchdowns during his three seasons at Purdue. Ross had to sit out Purdue’s 2011 bowl appearance due to academics, worked his way back into good standing for 2012, then was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules on Feb. 1.So, given the focus on players’ off-field behavior right now, Ross faces an uphill battle to find a landing spot. The flip side is that Ross can be dangerous with the football in his hands, which is why the Boilermakers used him as a kick returner during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Ross is listed at 5-10, 188.

    Damond Smith, DB, South Alabama: Smith already had a nibble from an NFL team — the Packers tried to sign him as an undrafted free agent, before a ruling that he had to enter the supplemental draft instead. Smith reportedly ran a 4.4 40 at a small-school pro day prior to the draft, and ex-NFL scout John Middlekauff tweeted last week that a current scout “said he’d be shocked if the CB wasn’t in a camp.”As with possibly every other name here, Smith may have to again go the undrafted FA route. While talented at 6-foot and about 185 pounds, Smith carries the proverbial “red flags” with him — he transferred from Western Michigan to South Alabama after a fight with a teammate, then was suspended by the Jaguars for a violation of team rules.

    > http://nfl.si.com/2013/07/08/nfl-sup.../?sct=uk_wr_a1

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    ooops..double post
    Last edited by kelly; 07-10-2013 at 09:20 AM.

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    Jets are rumored to have interest in Damond.

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    Just heard on Sirius no team picked any player

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamont_jordan_rules View Post
    Just heard on Sirius no team picked any player
    Good then they can be picked up as undrafted rookie free agents right? Should look at both WRs and the DB if they like him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trades View Post
    Good then they can be picked up as undrafted rookie free agents right? Should look at both WRs and the DB if they like him.
    Yes, they can now be signed as an UDFA now. None of these players were really draft worthy.

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    While the supplemental draft fizzled Thursday, at least one amateur football player created plenty of buzz for himself in front of NFL scouts.According to a high-ranking team official, 15-20 clubs attended a workout by former Stony Brook offensive tackle Michael Bamiro, a player who slipped through the cracks of the NCAA and NFL rulesbook and is now considered a free agent.

    According to the Twitter feed for Fox's Mike Garafolo, the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins were among the clubs represented.The 6-foot-8, 344-pound Bamiro did not participate in any timed events but did impress with his athleticism and balance during positional drills. Scouts were also excited by Bamiro's incredibly long arms. Measuring in at 36 1/8," Bamiro would have ranked third among all players tested at the 2013 combine, behind D.J. Fluker (36 3/4"), Malliciah Goodman (36 3/8") and Rogers Gaines (36 1/4").

    Bamiro started the past three seasons at right tackle for the Seawolves, emerging as a First Team All Big South performer in 2012. He began his academic collegiate career two years earlier at Pittsburgh, however. While he did not compete in a sport because he was a full-time student, Bamiro's five potential years of athletic eligibility started in 2008 and the NCAA ruled recently that he would not be allowed to play in 2013, according to this article from Greg Logan of Newsday.com.

    The ruling occurred in plenty of time for Bamiro to apply for the NFL's supplemental draft but because he was technically eligible for April's draft (even though no one knew it), he was therefore ruled ineligible for Thursday's proceedings.Bamiro's strange situation (and frankly, his talent) makes him unique to this year's supplemental draft prospects.He stands apart from many of the prospects who typically are eligible to teams in July in another way, as well. Most of the supplemental draft prospects each year come with character concerns. Bamiro's coach at Stony Brook, however, praised his former all-conference right tackle.

    "He's been a major part of the road to success not only as a player but as a person," Chuck Priore told Logan. "He never missed a practice, never missed a game because of injury. He stands for hard work and toughness, and he's a good person."Based on the number of clubs represented Thursday and the positive reviews of both his workout and character, Bamiro has emerged as one of the hottest names on the market. He's certainly raw and will be attempting a giant leap in competition, but with his frame and athleticism, Bamiro is expected to receive offers from multiple clubs.

    > http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/b...amiros-workout

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    The supp draft is so dumb, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGinley View Post
    The supp draft is so dumb, lol.
    That's what cost us Favre in 91 we used a 1st on Rob Moore in the supp draft and didn't have a 1st rd pick..

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    Perhaps the fact that no one was drafted speaks more about what GMs think about next year's draft than it does about what they think about these players (I am sure it is a combo - but more about next year's draft strength). You don't want to give up any of your ammo to help you make a move on a player like - say - Clowney or Marqise Lee if the opportunity presents itself to draft a Rob Moore out of Syracuse (LOL! - Thanks for the flashback Savage).

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    Unhappy

    Quote Originally Posted by kcb160 View Post
    Perhaps the fact that no one was drafted speaks more about what GMs think about next year's draft than it does about what they think about these players (I am sure it is a combo - but more about next year's draft strength). You don't want to give up any of your ammo to help you make a move on a player like - say - Clowney or Marqise Lee if the opportunity presents itself to draft a Rob Moore out of Syracuse (LOL! - Thanks for the flashback Savage).
    agreed...we'll most likely have a VERY high draft pick in next year's draft

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