Six players in 2013 NFL supplemental draft
The NFL's supplemental draft on Thursday will feature six players.
Rob Rang of CBS Sports reports that teams were informed of the eligible players over the weekend. The draft takes place at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
The six players (in alphabetical order) are UNLV defensive end James Boyd, UNLV defensive tackle Nate Holloway, Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson, Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross and South Alabama defensive back Damond Smith.
Holloway was fighting for a starting spot at UNLV this season, but left the team for undisclosed reasons in June. At 6-foot-3 and 365 pounds, Holloway is by far the largest player in the supplemental draft.
Arguably the best player in this year's draft is Peace. He was academically ineligible at Houston. A season ago, Peace had 54 receptions for 603 yards and two scores. He topped 100 yards receiving against Louisiana Tech, UCLA and Tulane. He was the team's leading receiver despite missing three games.
The shifty receiver was suspended indefinitely at Purdue in February for a violation of team rules. A season ago, Ross had 56 receptions for 454 yards and two touchdowns. Both were good for second on the Boilermakers. Ross was also suspended for the 2011 Little Caesars Bowl due to academics.
Smith never played a down at South Alabama after transferring from Western Michigan. According to former scout John Middlekauff, he runs a 4.44 40-yard dash. He'll host a pro day Tuesday. The Green Bay Packers tried to sign Smith following the draft before the NFL ruled he was ineligible to sign.
Jackson is hosting a pro day today. He sat out last season due to academics (notice a trend?). He played in nine games in 2011 and had 14 tackles and three tackles for loss.
Players have to apply to enter the supplemental draft to gain a special exception by the league. Although it was once a vehicle for graduated players to go pro early (Bernie Kosar in 1986), the supplemental draft now often features castaways with some sort of character red flag.
Eight players were in last year's supplemental draft. Only wide receiver Josh Gordon was selected when the Cleveland Browns used a second-round pick on him.
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