Little was expected of Thursday's 2014 NFL supplemental draft, and it delivered in that regard as no players were selected for the second consecutive year.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com shared the news:
Draft started and is over with no players being selected.— Rob Rang (@RobRang) July 10, 2014
The draft, which featured four eligible players, was conducted via email and concluded in mere minutes.
ESPN's Trey Wingo was among those who mocked the minimal impact of the often-forgotten draft:
Remember the great times of the 2014 Supplemental draft in the NFL? Said no one. Gone in 6:00.. zero players chosen— trey wingo (@wingoz) July 10, 2014
The supplemental draft lasted for seven rounds with teams having the option to either pass or select a player and forfeit the corresponding pick in the 2015 common draft.
Per NFL.com's Mike Huguenin, New Mexico wide receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead were the players available to be picked.
Although none of them were particularly productive at the collegiate level, Ross was viewed as a potential selection due to his size and raw athletic ability. According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, nearly the entire league showed some form of interest in the mammoth lineman:
Agent for NFL supplemental draft prospect Lakendrick Ross (360-pound DT) says 28 teams have contacted him, but Bucs aren't one of them.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 4, 2014
Ross didn't necessarily have any expectations, but was looking forward to the possibility of being picked, per Ross Jones of FoxSports.com.
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"I'd definitely be excited if I got selected," Ross said. "I know I have to play catch up, but I'm a fast learner. I just want to get to work."
Nothing came to fruition for Ross Thursday, which means that he and the other three eligible prospects are now undrafted free agents who are free to sign with any team.
It isn't particularly surprising that no team opted to lose a 2015 draft pick for one of these players since they all have significant question marks surrounding them. Truth be told, going undrafted may be a blessing in disguise.
That is especially true for Ross, who now has his pick of the litter and seemingly has a great chance to catch on somewhere. As nice as it would have been for these players to say that they got drafted, this is far from the end of the road.
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