By: Justis Mosqueda
Yesterday the four names eligible for the 2014 Supplemental Draft were announced. The supplemental draft is usually used for the selection of players who became academically ineligible or were kick off their team since the original draft declaration deadline. The prospects who declared were Chase Clayton (WR, New Mexico), LaKendrick Ross (DT, Virginia-Lynchburg), Traylon Shead (RB, SMU), and Darius Lipford (OLB, North Carolina).
Prior to the draft, our Eric Galko had projected a sixth or seventh round selection of Lipford by the Cowboys, Buccaneers, Vikings, or Jaguars: “Lipford showed plus explosiveness on the edge and when stunting as a rusher, with the requisite bend and balance during his leg drive and while engaged. Also with plus length for an NFL strong side linebacker and plus in-space athleticism to breakdown and finish as a tackler, he has the upside to contribute situationally early in his NFL career and can certainly add a good, not elite, athlete to a team’s special teams unit. He’s the most likely draft pick of the class in my opinion.”
Unfortunately for the prospects, none of them were selected in the supplemental draft, and at this point, none of them have signed with NFL teams officially.
The Phinsider, SB Nation’s Miami Dolphins site, is reporting that Traylon Shead was taken by the Dolphins, in the seventh round but are alone with that report at this time. Some think they mistook NFL.com’s annual supplemental mock draft as fact, which also had Shead going to Miami in the seventh round.
There was no Josh Gordon in this year’s draft, and like last draft, there was no one taken. The supplemental draft can be hit or miss with selections, but these players are still likely to get talked about being brought in with teams. Our Eric Galko put on his prognostication hat to guess the top four landing spots for each prospect.