The NFL Supplemental Draft will take place Thursday July 12th. While a majority of the players taken in the supplemental draft never make an impact on the field there is still a chance that a few of the players could become valuable players or at least add depth to your favorite team’s roster. In order to select a player in the supplemental draft a team must give up a mid-round pick in next year’s NFL draft and include the supplemental draft choice’s contract in their rookie salary pool for this season. The top prospects in the supplemental draft are:
Jared Gaither-OT, Maryland
Most experts expect Gaither to be the first player selected. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that at least 6 NFL clubs are interested in Gaither. He stands at just over 6’8″ and weighs 324 lbs. but is relatively athletic. Gaither entered the draft the same reason many other players do; he is academically ineligible to play this season. He has gotten into some trouble at Maryland but teammates have said that he is just young and immature. He certainly has great potential and with the right blend of coaching and veteran influence he could become a solid LT in the NFL.
Paul Oliver-DB, Georgia
Oliver, a cornerback from Georgia, was predicted by many to be a pre-season All-American this season. Several college football experts also think he would have been the best player on Georgia’s roster this season, but because of poor grades Oliver is academically ineligible for the 07′ NCAA football season. He was a lockdown defender for the bulldogs last season, shutting down WR Calvin Johnson (#2 selection in this years Draft). He was named to the All-SEC defensive team last season with 57 tackles and 3 interceptions. Despite a lackluster 40 time around 4.5, Oliver shows tremendous speed on the field. He didn’t appear to get outrun by any wide receivers in the SEC last season. He has great technique and that is an important quality for young defenders to have if they hope to see the field in the first few years of their career. Oliver also has something that can’t be taught: a nose for the football. That is where he makes up for his 40-time because he is able to react much quicker than other defenders and receivers.
Oliver stands at 5’11” and 195 lbs. combined with long arms. He is the ideal size for a CB in the NFL especially with the growing trend of large wide receivers. He exhibits the talent required to cover the large wide receivers he will face off against in the NFL. Yahoo reports that Oliver has worked out with the Falcons, Chargers and possibly a few other teams.
Brian Soi-DT, Utah State
Soi had solid year as a freshman but did not play last season because of unspecified reasons. He stands at about 6’2″ and weighs almost 300 lbs. He exhibits solid potential with good strength and leverage. As a freshman he recorded 31 tackles, 7.5 of them for loss, 1 forced fumble and 4.5 sacks.
The other players eligible for this year’s supplemental Draft are:
Chris Patrick-OT, Nebraska
Aaron Turner-OT, East Central Oklahoma
Eric McCain-WR, Glendale Community College (AZ)
RoShawn Marshall-DB, Central Missouri
Donta’ Moore-DB, Connecticut
Robert Armstrong-DT, Morgan State
Clifton Jackson-DT, Florida State
Mark Washington-LB Texas State-San Marcos