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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 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’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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A look at 4 players in supplemental draft

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2014 – 12:54 pm

Here’s a look at the four eligible players for the NFL’s 2014 supplemental draft.

College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin breaks down the prospects and where they might go. There’s a linebacker, running back, defensive tackle and wide receiver.

Believe it or not there’s also a mock supplemental draft on where it’s predicted that only two of the players will be picked. They have two of the players being drafted by AFC East rivals of the Bills. They’ve got DT LaKendrick Ross (Virginia-Lynchburg) going in the sixth round to the Jets and SMU RB Traylon Shead going in the seventh round to the Dolphins.

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Browns take WR Gordon early

Posted by Chris Brown on July 12, 2012 – 12:37 pm

Former Baylor WR Josh Gordon was the most highly touted prospect in today’s (Thursday) NFL Supplemental draft, and Cleveland didn’t wait long to take him.

The order in which the picks stood in this year’s Supplemental Draft at the top were as follows Buffalo, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Miami. Cleveland chose to use a second-round pick on Gordon, a pick they have now forfeited in the 2013 NFL draft. The Browns need receiver help, but Gordon though physical gifted is raw and might not be able to contribute much this season.

The Browns likely saw parting with a two as palatable since they have a pair of third-round picks next spring. Gordon was forecast as a 3rd-5th round selection.

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WR Gordon runs in 4.5s

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2012 – 1:26 pm

According to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider, NFL Supplemental draft prospect WR Josh Gordon did not run quite as fast as anticipated in his pro day Tuesday in Houston.

Here’s what Pauline had for a 40 time along with his height and weight and other measurables.

TonyPauline Results from Josh Gordon pro-day: 6031/224lbs…36″ vert, 10′-1″ broad..13 reps on bench…4.52/forty but pulled/hurt quad during the run..
Pauline also tweeted that Gordon may try to run some routes despite the pulled quad. A 4.52 was slower than publicized expectations. It seems doubtful that he’d be taken prior to the 4th round by any club. Gordon was also kicked off the Baylor team due to a positive marijuana test, but said he learned his lesson. The Bills were in attendance at the pro day workout.

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Bills at WR pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2012 – 9:37 am

Baylor WR Josh Gordon, who is holding his pro day Tuesday (today) in Houston in anticipation of the NFL Supplemental draft on Thursday, will have some Bills scouts in attendance watching him. has confirmed that the Bills will be in attendance with scout Theo Young scheduled to attend. Young is a former Baylor coach, who was on the Bears staff when Gordon last played for Baylor in 2010. Young was the team’s defensive line coach. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bills College Scouting Director Chuck Cook or Assistant GM Doug Whaley were in attendance as well.

According to ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker, the Bills will be one of several teams in attendance at the pro day. Gordon has an intriguing physical skill set at 6’3″ 225 pounds. He’s expected to run in the low 4.4s.

Those are numbers that mirror those of Marcus Easley, both height, weight and 40 time, if Gordon can pull it off. The Bills do not have a defined answer at the outside receiver position opposite Stevie Johnson, though they have numerous candidates entering camp (Easley, Graham, Hagan, Jones) where one of the more heated competitions will ensue.

It’s forecast that one NFL club will sacrifice anywhere from a 2nd to a 4th round draft choice for Gordon on Thursday. Knowing Easley, who has a very similar skill set to Gordon went in round 4 I can’t see the Bills investing anything higher than a fourth round pick, and I believe that might even be a stretch.

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Raider take Pryor in 3rd

Posted by Chris Brown on August 22, 2011 – 12:35 pm

The Oakland Raiders have taken Terrelle Pryor using a third-round pick in today’s NFL Supplemental draft.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

AdamSchefter Raiders take pryor in 3rd

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Bills at Pryor pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2011 – 2:08 pm

It comes as no surprise knowing how thorough Buffalo’s scouting department is that the Bills were in attendance at Terrelly Pryor’s pro day Saturday.

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, 15 NFL teams were on hand.

AlbertBreer Just got to Terrelle Pryor’s Pro Day. Teams here: Pitt, Wash, NO, TB, Dal, SD, Buff, Cle, Det, Ind, NE, Phi, Oak, Mia, SF. Primarily area scouts.
Update: Pryor’s 40 time was in the high 4.3s to low 4.4s and he was 27-39 passing to moving targets with 4 drops per Breer.
The NFL Supplemental draft is on Monday.

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Schefter on Pryor destination

Posted by Chris Brown on August 19, 2011 – 12:15 pm

ESPN’s Adam Schefter offered his speculation on where Terrelle Pryor could end up when and if he’s taken in the NFL Supplemental draft Monday.

Schefter was clear in saying he has no evidence that any of these teams are interested, but pointed to them as “logical destinations.” Here’s his list, take it for what its worth.

1. Bills
2. Colts
3. Bengals
4. Dolphins
5. Raiders

I highly doubt the Bills would be interested in Pryor knowing they have a similar player in Brad Smith in whom they made a sizable investment.

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Supplemental draft is on

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2011 – 9:02 am

The NFL Supplemental draft was postponed earlier this week, but a new date has now been set.

The league announced that the Supplemental draft will take place on Mon. Aug. 22. And former Ohio St. QB Terrelle Pryor is eligible, however he will face a five-game suspension to start his NFL career. It relates back to his NCAA violations, which is an interesting development knowing in the past the NFLPA has been opposed to NCAA violations coming back to bite players already in the NFL.

Here are some other top prospects in the Supplemental draft pool.

DB Torez Jones – West Carolina
RB Caleb King – Georgia 
DE Keenan Mace – Lindenwood college 
DE Mike McAdoo North Carolina
DB Tracy Wilson Northern Illinois

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Expert review of Pryor

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2011 – 3:09 pm

With the likelihood of Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor requesting an application to be eligible for the NFL’s Supplemental draft growing by the day, the executive producer of NFL Matchup and Senior Producer for NFL Films for more than 30 years, Greg Cosell, broke down two of Pryor’s games and came up with the following conclusions with respect to how his game translates to the NFL.

gregcosell Watched 2 T. Pryor games today. Number of things stood out. Pass game principles basic. Predominant 1 read concepts from under center.
gregcosell More Pryor: Pushed the ball, didn’t drive thru throws. Tendency to lift back foot off ground before delivering ball. Reduces arm strength.
gregcosell More Pryor: Limited pocket feel + presence, impatient + uncomfortable in pocket. One read + then break down. No ability to move + reset.
gregcosell More Pryor: Poor footwork as he sets + plants to deliver. Little sense at this point of how drop of QB syncs up with receivers routes.
gregcosell More Pryor: Not naturally accurate. Scattershot. Over-reactive to perceived pressure. No precision to game. A random, unstructured player.
gregcosell More Pryor: Overall long way to go before any chance of being NFL QB. In 2 games I evaluated showed no attributes that transition to NFL.
gregcosell More Pryor: Will watch more tomorrow, including bowl game. Really struggled to find traits that project to NFL QB. Average arm + inaccurate
gregcosell I watched 2 games of Pryor, 7-8 of the other QB in draft. Based on those 2 games, Pryor a late round pick at best. Want to see more.
So although Cosell is anything but high on Pryor’s transition to the NFL game as a quarterback, he does intend to watch more tape to see if his initial opinions change. That being said, this expert’s opinion is far from rosy.

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Pryor to apply for Supp. draft

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2011 – 2:59 pm

According to ESPN National College Football Reporter Joe Schad, former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor will be applying for the NFL’s Supplemental draft very soon.

Per Schad’s twitter account he reports that Pryor could apply to the league as early as next week and there’s a report on confirming Schad’s reports.

schadjoe Ohio State anticipates TP will be eligible for NFL supplemental draft
schadjoe This indicates Pryor’s eligibility status at OSU was changing

schadjoe Pryor’s attorney says TP may apply supplemental early next week

It’s been speculated that Pryor would not prompt an NFL club to give up anything more than a fifth-round draft choice in the 2012 NFL draft to take him in a Supplemental draft this summer should he wind up being eligible. The NFL has not declared a deadline for requesting an application to be eligible for the Supplemental draft.

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Terrelle Pryor debate

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2011 – 6:48 am

With most speculating that embattled Ohio St. QB Terrelle Pryor will not be welcomed back for his senior season with the Buckeyes in light of the recent transgressions that have come to light forcing the resignation of Jim Tressel, ESPN tackled the question of whether it’s worth forgoing a late draft pick to grab Pryor in the supplemental draft should he choose to put his name in that pool.

I know there are a lot of ‘ifs’ here including whether the NFL would hold a supplemental draft in light of their unusual offseason. But ESPN blogger Dan Graziano isn’t all that impressed with Pryor’s body of work as it applies to the next level as a QB.

For the record, Pryor has not declared for the supplemental draft.

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Supplemental draft news

Posted by Chris Brown on May 31, 2011 – 8:58 am

The NFL still has plans to hold a supplemental draft if necessary.

That according to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, who stated the following on his twitter account.

AlbertBreer More from NFL’s Greg Aiello on Supplemental Draft: Deadline to apply would be sometime in early July, with draft itself in mid-to-late July.
To this point no one has applied for the supplemental draft so there is no need to set a date at this point, but Breer, who was in contact with the NFL public relations department was able to get the tentative timeline for it. With all of the news coming out of Ohio State over the holiday weekend some are speculating that Terrelle Pryor would be a prime candidate to apply for the supplemental draft.

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Don’t see Bills making supplemental draft pick

Posted by Chris Brown on July 13, 2009 – 2:10 pm

The NFL’s supplemental draft is this Thursday (July 16th), but it would be surprising if the Bills forfeited a 2010 pick for one of the top three prospects available.

I don’t see the Bills participating for a couple of reasons. First, the top prospects are at positions where Buffalo currently has a surplus of talent. Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon, Texas Tech DE McKinner Dixon and Kansas St. WR Deon Murphy are at positions where the Bills are pretty well stocked.

In fact it wouldn’t be surprising if the Bills explore moving a receiver or DE at the close of the preseason provided everyone stays healthy because it’s unlikely they’ll be able to keep all of their talent at those respective positions, and most of it is NFL caliber.

Second, I don’t see the Bills participating in the supplemental draft because giving up a 2010 draft pick is almost sacrilege. It’s been a widely held opinion that the 2010 draft class might be one of the most talented in a generation. The depth of talent this coming spring is considered rare at a host of positions, so draft picks will be valued more than ever.

I anticipate that only teams that are in a go for it mode this year and need just a bit of young depth would take a chance on these players and likely would not do it with anything higher than a fifth rounder.

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