Today at 1:00 p.m., the Supplemental Draft will take place. If you didn't know, don't feel bad because most didn't. There are no Terrelle Pryor's or anyone with any name recognition. 4 players are eligible for the Supplemental Draft. They are:
WR Chase Clayton, New Mexico: As a sophomore, Clayton flashed explosive return ability as he ranked 5th in the country in kick return average. At 6-2, 202, he has decent NFL size and runs a sub-4.6 40. However, he missed all of last season after being academically ineligible and has only 5 career receptions. Maybe worth a look as purely a return man but likely not draftable.
LB Darius Lipford, North Carolina: Lipford is somewhat intriguing, as he is 6-3, 245 with good NFL athleticism. Lipford was well-regarded 3 star recruit when he came out of high school and was nicknamed "Freak" by teammates, but he never quite panned out. He missed all of 2012 with a torn ACL so there are some medical red flags here.
Traylon Shead, SMU: Shead was a top 15 RB recruit in the nation coming out of high school and originally signed to play with Texas, but left after being unable to crack the rotation. After a stint in JuCo, Shead headed off to SMU, where he again could not get onto the field and nursed injuries all last season. Still, Shead is a raw player who runs fairly well with a 6-2, 230 pound frame, and could garner interest from a team looking to add some beef to their backfield.
Lakendrick Ross, Virginia-Lynchburg: A mystery man here, Ross attended tiny Virginia-Lynchburg. A few days ago, Jake Steinberg tweeted this out about the Jets interest:
Heard #Jets like 6'5, 365lb. Virginia Lynchburg DT LaKendrick Ross. Bench presses 225lbs a ridiculous 47 times. Entered Supplemental Draft.— Jake Steinberg (@Steiny31) July 7, 2014
As the tweet states, Ross is an absolute house of a man at 6-5, 365. He also put on a show at a workout where he repped 47 times, ran a sub-5.0 40. He didn't get onto the field very often, only playing 6 games at Virginia-Lynchburg, but in those 6 games he recorded 19 tackles, 5 TFL, and 4 sacks. Not bad for the big man.
NFL.com did a mock supplemental draft and had the New York Jets taking Ross with a Supplemental 6th rounder. Rex Ryan does have a history of getting a lot out of defensive lineman. Look at Damon Harrison, a raw, undrafted free agent out of William Penn (do these schools even exist??) who was huge and pretty athletic. He was arguably the best nose tackle in football in 2013. Should the Jets take a flier on another guy who has Harrison-like potential?