NFL Supplemental Draft 2013: Highlighting Players Who Won't Be Selected
The 2013 NFL supplemental draft isn't an event you'll tell your grandchildren about.
It isn't likely to produce any All-Pros, and it shouldn't be a surprise if teams pass on all six of the draft-eligible players.
That said, all it takes is for one team to fall in love with a player's potential. The Oakland Raiders did it back in 2011 when the franchise used its 2012 third-round pick to select quarterback Terrelle Pryor out of Ohio State (how's that working for you, Oakland?).
Since the league's supplemental draft originated back in 1977, just 42 players have been taken. Almost every player who becomes eligible for the supplemental draft comes with red flags, which accentuates the risk of using a valuable future pick to land them.
While there are a few players who could be picked up in the latter rounds, there are three who most certainly won't be picked up when the 32 NFL teams conduct the draft on Thursday, July 11 at 1 p.m. ET.
Nate Holloway, DT, UNLV
Holloway, at 6'3" and 365 pounds, has plenty of size, but teams will have a hard time evaluating him. He spent most of the past couple of seasons off the field as he struggled to stay on the team due to academics.
In total, Holloway participated in 13 total games with the Rebels, logging 18 solo tackles and five tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Lack of production in college is a big red flag, but it's not the only piece of baggage Holloway brings to the table. He was dismissed by the program at UNLV back in 2012 for "undisclosed reasons."
Academic concerns don't always equate an inability to soak up an NFL playbook, but in this case, combined with his mysterious dismissal and lack of recent game tape, Holloway isn't going to garner any interest via the draft.
Dewayne Peace, WR, Houston
Peace led Houston's offense last season with 54 receptions for 603 yards and two touchdowns, and the team had high hopes for him in the 2013 season.
Unfortunately, he was ruled academically ineligible for this upcoming season and had no other recourse but to declare for the supplemental draft.
The 5'11", 190-pound receiver also missed three games of the 2012 season due to a violation of team rules, and though he was productive in college, he doesn't offer much upside as a pro.
Most smaller receivers in the NFL thrive due to exceptional speed and/or quickness, which allows them to get open underneath on quick slants and screens. Peace possesses neither attribute, and he isn't big or strong enough to beat corners on the outside.
While Peace might find himself on an NFL roster this summer as an undrafted free agent, he isn't likely to be drafted, and he won't likely be among those who miss the chopping block during mandatory cuts.
Toby Jackson, DE, Central Florida
Like Holloway and Peace, Jackson's college career has been marred by academic problems.
A highly recruited player coming out of high school, he was supposed to play for Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs. But before he ever had the chance to play a single down for Georgia, Jackson was declared academically ineligible.
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After running into more academic issues at Hargrave Military Academy in 2008, Jackson landed on his feet (for a second) with Georgia Military College. It didn't take long before Jackson was on the move once again, this time ending up at Texas' Navarro College.
Jackson's year at Navarro College culminated in a national championship and an MVP award, and his stock was once again soaring as it had been when he came out of high school.
After choosing UCF over Alabama and Tennessee in 2011, Jackson struggled to make any positive impact for the Knights. He played in nine games, logging just 14 tackles without tallying a single sack.
His final year at UCF came to nothing, as Jackson once again was declared academically ineligible. This is a young man who has already had multiple chances to make a positive impression on a big stage, and he has yet to figure it out.
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