July 09, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
Rams draft Clemson tackle Isaiah Battle in fifth round of supplemental draft
The St. Louis Rams have drafted Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle in the fifth round of the NFL supplemental draft. Battle, 22, left Clemson after dealing with some off-field issues, including failed drug tests. "I have some family matters to address, with a child due this summer, and I feel it is in my best interest to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft," Battle said in a statement. "I want to thank everyone at Clemson, especially Coach [Dabo] Swinney and the assistant coaches, for what they have done for me the last three years. I also want to thank my teammates. They have all had a big impact on my career." In three seasons, Battle played in 27 games and had 16 starts with 11 of them last season. Twenty-six NFL teams attended Battle's Pro Day workout.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Battle has long arms and good athleticism. "We appreciate all that Isaiah has done for the program the last three years," Swinney said. "He has made great progress in his development and has been a big contributor to our success the last three years, especially in each of the last three bowl games when he had outstanding games against very talented defensive lines from LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma. We wish him well in his pursuit of a professional career."
The Rams lose a fifth-round draft pick in next year's draft. Battle is the first player picked in the supplemental draft since the Cleveland Browns took trouble-prone wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round in 2012. Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun