The NFL offseason’s least eventful non-event, the supplemental draft, saw a new batch of rumored names join its list of players on Wednesday as three players hit the rumor mill.
Scheduled for July 11 by the NFL, the supplemental draft reportedly has its first entrants according to former Packers scout John Middlekauff, who tweeted about two of the reported entrants in the supplemental draft. Toby Jackson was also named as one of the potential college prospects to be named by the league prior to next Thursday.
According to Middlekauff South Alabama cornerback Damond Smith is in the supplemental draft along with Toby Jackson of Central Flordia.
As Middlekauff notes, the Green Bay Packers tried to sign Smith after the draft before finding out he wasn’t eligible to sign. Smith transferred from Western Michigan to Central Alabama and should find a home by training camp given the interest of the Packers prior to him being ruled ineligible. According to Middlekauff, he runs a 4.44 40-yard dash. He’ll host a pro day on July 9 and if he can match those reported 4.44 40 times, he will likely be one of the rare commodities that is selected in this draft.
His highlight tape is also unreal, which Middlekauff wisely included in his tweet:
5’11 plus, he ran 4.4s in the spring at a small school pro day. Should be an intriguing prospect given his HT. http://t.co/QTP6NzrgJz
— John Middlekauff (@JMiddle365) July 2, 2013
UNLV defensive end James Boyd may also be one of the names in the draft according to Middlekauff’s tweets.
Boyd played just a season at UNLV after coming to the Runnin’ Rebels as a juco transfer. Boyd was originally was a member of Southern California’s 2009 recruiting class and has switched positions since entering the college game moving from offense to defense.
Prior to last season, he switched from quarterback to defensive end. At a listed 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Boyd has an intriguing combination of size and potential. A season ago, he had 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks after starting just one game in his first season playing on the end. A project who has size and speed, there could be a variety of teams that take a chance on Boyd.
According to NFLDraftZone.com, Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson will be in the supplemental draft and will host a pro day on July 8 at a Georgia high school. Jackson sat out 2012 due to academics, but in nine games in 2011 he had 14 tackles and three tackles for loss, not exactly eye popping numbers but good enough to enter the supplemental draft.
Just eight players were named to the 2012 Supplemental Draft. Only wide receiver Josh Gordon was selected when the Cleveland Browns used a second-round pick, these three players will be hoping they are first named, then are amongst the rare selections at the supplemental draft which is historically inactive. Still players like Boyd and Smith have intangibles and potential that NFL GM’s like to take chances on, so there is a chance that on July 11 there are a select few players entering the league through the draft.