Rams pick OT Battle in supplemental draft

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2015 – 3:40 pm

It took five rounds, but former Clemson OT Isaiah Battle was chosen by the St. Louis Rams.

That according to ESPN.com. The Rams now forfeit their fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft for drafting Battle. St. Louis made a concerted effort to improve their offensive line this past spring using four of their draft choices on offensive linemen including three offensive tackles.

Now Battle will be the fifth rookie lineman added via a draft pick.

Buffalo did their homework on Battle and even sent offensive line coach Aaron Kromer to Battle’s pro day to take a look. Battle has some off the field issues that were of concern to some NFL clubs.

With Buffalo signing veteran OT Wayne Hunter just last week to be the fifth offensive tackle on their roster, it was unlikely that the Bills would give up a draft choice for the supplemental prospect.


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NFL Supplemental draft at 1 pm

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2015 – 10:55 am

The NFL’s Supplemental draft is at 1 pm today, and though there are seven prospects in the pool most draftniks only see one player for whom an NFL club might part with a 2016 draft choice.

That player is Clemson OT Isaiah Battle. Battle (6-6, 312) started 15 games over the past two seasons for the Tigers. The 22-year old Brooklyn native claims he’s entering the supplement draft to support his family with a baby on the way, but he has had some on and off the field issues with reports that those issues prompted his dismissal from Clemson.

 

Battle does have great athletic ability and 35 5/8-inch arms. The Bills college scouting department has obviously done their homework on him. According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, the Bills even sent offensive line coach Aaron Kromer to Battle’s pro day workout. There were 25 NFL clubs in attendance.

Buffalo currently has five offensive tackles on their roster after the signing of veteran OT Wayne Hunter. Knowing the Bills are in ‘win now’ mode and have added Hunter, taking on another young offensive tackle and parting with a pick for the 2016 draft might be a long shot.

Here are the other prospects in today’s supplemental draft.

DE Darrius Caldwell – West Georgia
DE Eric Eiland – Houston
TE Sean McQuillan – UCONN
DB Kevin Short – Kansas
DT Dalvon Stuckey – West Georgia
WR Adrian Wilkins – N.C. Central


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