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Clemsons Isaiah Battle primed for Supple

PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:22 pm
by sherry2018love
Since 2009, the NFL Supplemental Draft has seen seven players chosen, including four players selected in the top four rounds.After a two-year hiatus, the last being theinfamous Josh Gordon selection, it looks as though we should have at least one pick in Thursday's draft.The Supplemental Draft is for players who have a valid reason for leaving college beforetheir senior season, either because they were kicked out of school or have no remaining eligibility. Teams have a silent auction for these players, putting up a draft pick as their bid, with the highest bidder (highest draft pick) getting the player. If two teams bid the same draft pick, the tiebreaker is the 2015 Draft order. The winning team sacrifices that draft pick in the following years draft.MORE: 2016 Mock Draft |Which pros came through the supplemental draftIsaiah Battle of Clemson is the best of the crop, and he may be viewed as a potential starter option at some point during his rookie year, making a top-four round selection highly po sible. But at least two more should gain some NFL interest with Derek Barnett Jersey either a draft pick or a signing afterwards.1. Isaiah Battle, OT, ClemsonLeaving Clemson likely due to a mix of family reasons and failed drug tests in the past, Battle is the only player in this supplemental draft who is a surefire draft pick.With plus-length at 6-6, 290, he has the build of an NFL outside lineman.On film, he plays with decent bend and first-step contact, sinking well enough to drive initially with his hands and keep his lower half balanced through first contact in pa s protection sets. Hed fit best in a quick pa s protection due to his strengths inpivot control and quick hand exchange to limit quick rush moves. His kick slide footwork and patience is impre sive and controlled.Battle does play a bit too high for long driving run blocks, but does make contact at first at the second level. He meets with his hands well before engaging blockers and adjusts fluidly to keep his block controlled. However, hedoesnt play with violent hands or dominating force.Hell need to continue to fill out his frame, play with more explosivene s,and continue to be decisive as a blocker in pa s protection sets. While he doesnt have elite upside, Battle doesnt look far off from being an NFL starter by seasons end, especially if he lands in an offense that works more 3-step drops.Projected Round: 4thProjected Teams: Atlanta, Denver, SeattlePlayer Comparison:Demar Dotson/Matt McCants2. Darius Caldwell, DE/OLB, West GeorgiaAcademics kept him from playing at the Division I level multiple times, but its clear on film that Caldwell Harold Carmichael Jersey could have been a solid Power Five conference player, if not a starter, in the right situation. At 6-5 and 235 pounds, hes a long, very active edge player who could stay at defensive end as he continues to bulk up.He generates solid push off the edge, staying low enough to get initial drive, but needs to play lower and sink his hips quicker off the snap to have the same succe s against NFL talent. Best as a build-up rusher and on inside stunts to eat up space, Caldwells motor is a major plus for NFL teams hoping to land a special teams/long-term rotational contributor.He produced at a high level in college and had the talent to play at the Division I level, so NFL interest should be high enough to consider a draft pick. Teams that use a 3-4 defenseand like longer edge players make the most sense.Despite his Pro Day struggles, and he could be a solid 2016 player after a year on a practice squad.Projected Round: 7thProject Team: Arizona, Houston, New OrleansPlayer Comparison: Aaron Lynch3. Adrian Wilkins, KR/PR, North Carolina CentralDespite being a 5-8 receiver whos likely a returner only, Wilkins has an outside chance of becoming adraft pick due to his top-end speed, burst after his cutsand his production at the FCS level as a returner.He had five return touchdowns in 2013 (three on kickoff, two off punts), and almost another touchdown in 2014 (91-yard return) despite teams clearly limiting his opportunities. Hell only be a fit for teams in need of a returner, but hell likely get a camp tryout to be just that.As a receiver, he has some screen and short-area route upside as a fourthor fifthoption.Projected Round: Priority Free AgentProject Team: Tenne see, San Diego, CincinnatiPlayer Comparison: Brandon Banks4. Dalvon Stuckey, DT, West GeorgiaWhile Stuckey also had Division I interest in the past, including with Florida State in their 2012 recruiting cla s, he hasnt garnered nearly the attention of his teammate,Darius Caldwell.A nose tackle/run-focused 3-technique at the next level, he wasnt a consistently dominantplayer at Division II West Georgia, so he has to hope for a practice squad opportunity for a year and Dwayne Gratz Jersey slide into a rotational role at best at the next level.Projected Round: Priority Free Agent/CFLProject Team: Washington, St. LouisPlayer Comparison: Jerrell Powe5. Sean McQuillan, TE, UConnA starter last season for the Huskies, McQuillan has some seam ability as a pa s catcher, finishing catches very well. His athletic upside is limited and he doesnt offer great length for NFL teams (around 6-3,250). He's likelya fit for NFL teams as an H-Back.He isn't a drive blocker and is more of an engage-only option on the perimeter. CFL interest may be his best bet.Projected Round:CFL6. Eric Eiland, OLB, HoustonA former Toronto Blue Jays baseball second-round draft pick in 2007, Eiland is a 27-year-old NFL hopeful who offered some edge production for the Houston Cougars last season. Hes not a great edge-playing athlete, has a slight frame that doesnt look to be able to bulk up to NFL level, and may only have CFL opportunities as a best case scenario. Maybe the Toronto Argonauts have some interest?Projected Round:CFL7. Kevin Short, CB, Kansas/Fort Scott Community CollegeShort transferred from Fort Scott Community College to Kansas in 2013 after a 10-interception, two-season career. He redshirted his first year at Kansas and didnt play in year two, so there isn't much film on him. However, barring a really impre Trey Burton Jersey sive set of workout numbers, itd be surprising for more than one or two NFL teams to have any interest in bringing him in to a training camp.Projected Round:CFLEric Galko is the owner and director of scouting at Optimum Scouting and, as well as a Sporting News contributor. Follow him on Twitter: @OptimumScouting