BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft came and went with little fanfare or attention on Thursday. Although six players were eligible to be supplemental draft selections, none of the NFL’s 32 teams selected any players in any of the supplemental draft’s seven rounds.
The six players eligible for selection were UNLV defensive end James Boyd and defensive tackle Nate Holloway, UCF defensive end Toby Jackson, Houston wide receiver Dewayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross and South Alabama cornerback Damond Smith.
The outcome was unsurprising. When an NFL team uses a supplemental draft selection, they forfeit their pick in the corresponding round of the following year’s draft. Had these players been eligible for the regular 2013 NFL Draft in April, it is unlikely any of them would have been selected.
All six of these players were in the supplemental draft for a reason. Boyd, Holloway, Jackson and Peace all had academic issues during their collegiate careers, according to CBS Sports’ Rob Rang. Ross was suspended indefinitely by Purdue due to a team rules violation. Smith started his collegiate career at Western Michigan, but was derailed by a fight with a teammate.
While these players all have legitimate talent and NFL measurables, none of them had the skill sets to still be drafted given their other concerns. Any of the six players could end up getting signed as an undrafted free agent and even work their way onto an NFL roster in training camp, but all of them will be fighting uphill battles to make it in the league.
While the Cleveland Browns forfeited their second-round draft pick last year to select wide receiver Josh Gordon, it is not uncommon for the supplemental draft to come and go without a selection. Only 11 players have been selected in the supplemental draft since 2000, with no selections at all in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2008.
Even in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft, there will likely be better options available than any of the six eligible players. NFL teams were smart to pass upon using their supplemental draft selections.
As of 5:30 p.m. ET Friday, none of the six supplemental draft options had been signed as undrafted free agents.