Six supplemental entrants go undrafted

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

The 2013 supplemental draft came and went Thursday without any of the six eligible players being selected.

The six -- former UNLV defensive linemen James Boyd and Nate Holloway, Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson, Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross and South Alabama cornerback Damond Smith -- are now considered street free agents available to any club.

This year's supplemental draft class lacked the obvious talent that led the Cleveland Browns to invest a second-round selection in former Baylor wideout Josh Gordon a year ago, but with Thursday's draft the final opportunity for clubs to add to their rosters before training camp, some felt that a desperate team might take a late-round flyer on a player or two.

The league covered the entire proceedings in a single tweet: "Supplemental draft has concluded. No players were selected." This is the first time since 2004 that no players were taken in the supplemental draft.

The annual July draft for special-case players has actually grown in popularity in recent years with 11 of the 43 players selected since the draft's inception in 1977 coming since 2002. Other than 2008, when the supplemental draft was canceled due to a lack of eligible athletes, at least one player has been selected in the annual supplemental draft since 2005.

Despite the rise in popularity of the supplemental draft, Thursday's lack of selections shouldn't come as a surprise. Ross and Smith were generally considered the top two prospects, but only four teams were represented at the cornerbacks Pro Day workout July 9. The four teams, according to former Philadelphia Eagles scout turned analyst John Middlekauff, were the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.

Smith measured in at 5-feet-11, 184 pounds and was clocked at 4.52 seconds in 40 yards on turf inside a soccer facility in Detroit.

Ross was productive for the Boilermakers, hauling in 100 passes for 959 yards and six scores during his career, but he's also small (5-10, 188) and relatively slow (estimated at 4.55-4.65), though he does possess good quickness.

It wasn't just a lack of eye-popping talent working against the 2013 supplemental class. Clubs had little time to investigate the issues that led the six prospects to enter the special case supplemental draft.

Furthermore, to use a selection in the supplemental draft a team is forfeiting its rights to that pick in the next year's main NFL Draft. Teams are generally hesitant to give up future selections, especially considering the 2014 crop looks much stronger than last April's class.

Unlike the televised April draft, the supplemental is carried out via email among teams. The teams, slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the previous year, contact the league with a list of the players they would draft and the round in which they would take them.

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