2013 NFL Supplemental Draft Preview: Is anyone worth a future pick?

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

This year's NFL Supplemental Draft is set to take place on Thursday at 1 p.m. EST and will feature six college players, who in some way, shape or form have had their amateur careers cut short. The group doesn't feature big names like in years past when players like current Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon last season or Terrelle Pryor in 2011, but does a plethora of diversity from a position standpoint. The entrants include three defensive linemen, two wide receivers and one defensive back.

The Players

Here is the list of players eligible for Thursday's supplemental draft:

Player Position Height Weight School Reason for Leaving
James Boyd DE 6'4" 255 lbs UNLV Undisclosed dismissal
Nate Holloway DT 6'3" 365 lbs UNLV Undisclosed dismissal
Toby Jackson DE 6'4" 259 lbs Central Florida Academic ineligible (former JUCO player)
DeWayne Peace WR 6'0" 190 lbs Houston Academically ineligible
O.J. Ross WR 5'9" 188 lbs Purdue Violation of team rules
Damond Smith DB 5'11" 185 lbs South Alabama Academically ineligible

The names that immediately stick out for the Eagles are likely the two UNLV defensive linemen. Nate Holloway is a monster of a man and could be a very good developmental nose tackle after a year of red-shirting on injured reserve. James Boyd is an intriguing option as a rush linebacker due to his measurables, but keep in mind his 2.5 sacks last year mean he is not a polished sack artist. Size has been a noticeable trend among the additions this offseason with Chip Kelly's coaching staff.

DeWayne Peace is likely the flashiest player on the board, as previously mentioned by our brothers at SB Nation's Mocking the Draft. He caught 54 receptions for 603 yards and two touchdowns last season, despite missing three games. His measurables are similar to that of Jeremy Maclin. He is a former cornerback and is still learning to attack the ball as a wide receiver. According to Evan Silva of Rotoworld, Peace doesn't have a ton of speed on tape and is a bit of a body-catcher.

Purdue's O.J. Ross is a bit of a troublemaker. He was kicked off the team for disobeying team rules and was rarely used at Purdue. He is a slot receiver and he has YAC ability. He will isn't expected to be drafted on Thursday. UCF's Toby Jackson and South Alabama's Damond Smith are both transfers, who were deemed academically ineligible and have little college tape. Jackson had three tackles for lose in 9 games with UCF, while Smith has intrigued former Eagles scout John Middlekauff. Smith was initially thought to be eligible for April's NFL Draft but denied after the Packers tried to invite him to a try-out during OTAs.

How It Works

The supplemental draft works in an auction-like function. The 32 teams all have the opportunity to participate and the order mimics that of April's draft. For example, since the Eagles had the fourth pick in April, they will also have the fourth pick in the first round of the supplemental draft. The league goes through all seven rounds of the draft, with teams choosing to either pass on the pick or use a pick from the 2014 draft in order to select one of the supplemental prospects. If a team uses a 6th round pick to select a player, they will forfeit the team's 6th round pick in 2014. The players who are not selected are immediately available to signed by teams or be invited for a try-out during training camp.

The Eagles own all seven of their original picks for 2014, however a conditional pick will go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers based on Arrelious Benn's standing with the team this season. The terms of the conditional draft pick that the Bucs acquired have not been disclosed. The Eagles will likely be able to use any of the team's pick without an issue.

Eagles Supplemental Draft History

The supplemental draft has been around since 1977. In the 36 years that the secondary draft has been around, Philadelphia has only selected two players. In 1986, the team selected Oklahoma State running back Charles Crawford with a 7th round pick. The following year, the Eagles took Ohio State's Cris Carter with a 4th round pick.

Notable Supplemental Draft Picks

- Bernie Kosar, Cleveland Browns, 1985

- Brian Bosworth, Seattle Seahawks, 1987

- Rob Moore, New York Jets, 1990

- Jamal Williams, San Diego Chargers, 1998

- Ahmad Brooks, Cincinnati Bengals, 2006

- Jared Gaither, Baltimore Ravens, 2007

- Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders, 2011

- Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns, 2012

Supplemental Draft By The Numbers

- Over the 36-year history of the supplemental draft, only 42 players have been selected.

- Running back is the most common position to be picked in the history of the supplemental draft with nine.

- The supplemental draft has produced five Pro Bowlers.

- Eight 1st round picks have been used in the supplemental draft (also the most common pick used).

- No defensive back has been taken before the fourth round of the supplemental draft.

- Rob Moore is the only wide receiver be taken with a first round pick in the supplemental draft.

- Only 12 times has more than one player been taken in a supplemental draft.

- Five players were taken in the 1989 supplemental draft, the most in history.

- There have been 10 supplemental drafts in which there were zero players selected.

- 2010 was the last draft that multiple players were selected.

- 2008 was the last draft where no player selected.

- The Cowboys have selected the most supplemental players with five. Dallas last selected a player in 2010 (Josh Brent, Illinois).

- Five teams have never selected a player in the supplemental draft. Those teams are the Rams, Panthers, Colts, Jaguars and Steelers.

- Miami and USC are tied for the most supplemental draft picks with three.

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