The NFL Supplemental Draft is an extra chance for NFL teams to select players that went undrafted in the NFL Draft due to eligibility issues or just not enough space on a team’s draft board. On Thursday, former Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle became the first person selected in the Supplemental Draft in three years.
According to NFL.com, the St. Louis Rams selected Battle in the fifth round of the Supplemental Draft. This means the Rams will give up a fifth round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Rams Executive Vice President Kevin Demoff tweeted a picture of a beautiful scene in what they called their “War Room” when drafting Battle.
Battle is the first player taken in the Supplemental Draft since the Cleveland Browns gave up a second round pick in the 2013 Draft to select Josh Gordon in th 2012 Supplemental Draft.
Battle started eleven games for the Tigers last season and looks to be big part of the Rams as long as his off-field issues improve. In 2013, Battle was suspended for punching a NC State player and then was suspended last season for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
There were seven other players available in this year’s Supplemental Draft. The available players were: defensive linemen Darrius Caldwell and Dalvon Stuckey of West Georgia, Houston defensive end Eric Eiland, UConn tight end Sean McQuillan, Kansas defensive back Kevin Short and North Carolina Central wide receiver Adrian Wilkins. They have now become unrestricted free agents in the NFL.
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