Six eligible in supplemental draft
The NFL's 2013 supplemental draft is scheduled for Thursday and six players have been declared eligible.
Per CBS Sports, those players are UNLV defensive end James Boyd, UNLV defensive tackle Nate Holloway, defensive end Toby Jackson of Central Florida, reciever DeWayne Peace of Houston, receiver O.J. Ross of Purdue and defensive back Damond Smith of South Alabama.
The supplemental draft is oftentimes a buyer beware for NFL teams, because while the player may be talented, the circumstances that put him in position to be in the supplemental draft in the first place could be less than desirable. Cleveland spent a second-round pick in 2013 on Josh Gordon last year, and he is already suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season.
Ross (56 receptions) and Peace (54 receptions) appear to be the best prospects, per the report, but both of them got into trouble at their respective schools.
What many teams have done in recent years is to bypass the players in the supplemental draft, and then offer an undrafted free agent contract to them once the draft is over. That way, they minimize the risk money-wise and also won't lose any draft picks for signing them.
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