The NFL will hold its annual Supplement Draft on Thursday, July 14, and half of the draft entrants have a chance to be selected, according to Rob Rang of CBS Sports.
The Supplemental Draft is considered a “second chance” draft that is designed to accommodate players that missed filing for the Entry Draftfor some reason. The Supplemental Draft is a far cry from the regular Entry Draft as the Supplemental Draft is not televised and players are selected via email. Also, not every team will make a pick in draft, and it is very likely that no one will be selected in the first two rounds, if any are picked at all.
University of Calgary wide receiver Rashaun Simonise may be the most intriguing of the six draft entrants. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder is in the Supplemental Draft because he was recently declared academically ineligible for the upcoming season.
Simonise held a pro day on Monday that drew six NFL teams, according to NFL Draft Diamonds. The teams that attended his pro day were the Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and Washington Redskins.
Six NFL teams met with Supplemental Draft Prospect Rashaun Simonise: Rams, Cardinals, Packers, Colts, Jets and Redskins were in attendance
— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) July 12, 2016
In addition to the six teams listed above, SBNation noted that the Cincinnati Bengals also have expressed interest in Simonise.
The Calgary Herald reported that Simonise ran a 4.71 40-yard dash into the wind and a wind-aided 4.52. However, he registered a 35-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-3 in the broad jump. Simonise also reportedly bench pressed 225-pounds, eight times.
“Honestly, I felt that I could have tested a little bit better,” Simonise said after his workout. “I feel my nerves got the better of me a little bit. But it’s all part of the game. I felt I kind of redeemed myself at the end with the receiver drills, so I’m very fortunate for that. I was grateful to have all these eyes on me and for the opportunity.”
Simonise was named to the all-Canadian first team last year after catching 65 passes for 1,306 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. The 2013 Canada West Rookie of the Year played this spring for the Chicago Eagles of the Champions Indoor Football League, totaling 11 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Simonise is not the only possible draft selection on Thursday as Ra’Zahn Howard and Tee Shepard also could be chosen.
Howard, a 6-foot-3, 325-pound defensive tackle, recorded 23 tackles along with 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack in 12 games for the Purdue Boilermakers last year. He appeared in 29 games throughout his three-year career with the Boilermakers, totaling 47 tackles and three sacks.
Shepard is a well-traveled 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back. He initially committed to Notre Dame in 2012 but never played for the Fighting Irish, ending up at Holmes Community College. Shephard then spent went to Miami (Ohio) before ending up at Ole Miss last season,
Shepard had his best season while at Holmes CC, recording 54 tackles, six pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and one interception. He appeared in five games for the Rebels last season, recording two tackles and one pass defensed.
The other three players entered in the supplemental draft are Virginia Tech long-snapper Eddie D’Antuono, Sam Houston State running back Jalen Overstreet, and Concordia (Ala.) edge rusher Cameron Walton.
Overstreet, who attended Texas before being kicked off the team, rushed for 840 yards and seven touchdowns for Sam Houston State last year. He also caught 10 passes for another 66 yards and threw a 25-yard touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries and two scores for the Longhorns in 2013.
Since the Supplemental Draft began in 1977, only 43 players have been selected with the last being offensive lineman Isaiah Battle in the fifth round by the Rams in 2015. Cris Carter, Bernie Kosar, and Brian Bosworth are the biggest names to ever be selected in the draft.
If a team uses a Supplement pick, they will lose their corresponding draft choice in next year’s entry draft – i.e. since the Rams used a fifth-round choice in the draft on Battle last year, they lost a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft.
Any of the six players that go undrafted immediately become free agents.
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