The NFL’s supplemental draft is scheduled for Thursday and gives draft-eligible college prospects a final chance to enter the league. The National Football Post will break down every aspect of the supplemental draft this week, starting today with our prospect previews.
Jeremy Jarmon: DE, Kentucky (6-3, 278)
The former all-SEC defensive lineman looks to be the most coveted prospect in this year’s supplemental draft. Jarmon, who was considered one of the nation’s top senior defensive ends entering the year, was expected to be in the mix as a potential first-day pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. But after he tested positive for a banned substance, the NCAA ruled him ineligible for 2009.
After having what was said to be an impressive workout for scouts this month, Jarmon could go as early as the third round. Representatives from 18 teams showed up and were not disappointed. He ran his 40 in a time of 4.78 seconds, posted 19 reps on the bench and reached 31 inches on his vertical jump. More important, he was said to be in good shape, looked smooth during position drills and interviewed well with NFL teams.
2007 stats: 62 total tackles, 13½ tackles for loss, 9 sacks
2008 stats: 38 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4½ sacks
Kansas State WR Deon Murphy
Deon Murphy: WR, Kansas State (5-10, 176)
Murphy burst onto the scene in 2007 after transferring from Coffeyville College as one of the nation’s top return specialists. Known for his elite speed, he instantly made a name for himself in the Big 12, taking home Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors in ’07 after finishing the season with 57 catches, 605 yards and five touchdowns. He also finished third in the nation in punt returns, averaging 17.5 yards.
However, Murphy saw a dip in his production in 2008 and left the team before 2009 spring practices after differences with new head coach Bill Snyder.
Murphy still seems to be one of the “cleaner” prospects in this year’s draft and certainly could intrigue teams in the later rounds. He not only possesses an ability to get down the field in the passing game but also doubles as a potential big-play punt return.
2007 stats: 57 receptions, 605 yards, five touchdowns
2008 stats: 37 receptions, 555 yards, six touchdowns
Demetrice Morley: DB, Tennessee (6-2, 195)
Morley, a former five-star recruit out of high school, was one of the nation’s most sought-after defensive backs during the 2005 recruiting process.
He started 10 games in 2006 for the Volunteers and looked to be on his way to developing into a potential high-caliber prospect as a sophomore. However, his poor academics kept him from re-enrolling in 2007, and he was forced to miss the entire ’07 season. He was reinstated in 2008 and posted 42 tackles and two interceptions but was kicked off the team this year because of his inability to comply with expectations off the field by the new coaching staff.
Morley flashed some big-play potential in the Tennessee secondary as a sophomore and certainly has the athletic and physical skill set to play in the NFL. However, his track record of character concerns will almost definitely keep him from being drafted and likely force him to go the free agent route.
McKinner Dixon: DE, Texas Tech (6-3, 252)
Dixon was named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2008 after finishing the season with eight sacks and was expected to replace 2009 fourth-round draft pick Brandon Williams as the Red Raiders’ primary pass rusher.
However, Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach suspended Dixon indefinitely in April for “not passing the grade academically.” To make matters worse, Dixon was arrested in May for driving with an open container of alcohol in his possession.
This wasn’t Dixon’s first run-in with academic trouble, either. In 2005, he was forced to transfer to Cisco Junior College after flunking out of Texas Tech.
Dixon is a coordinated athlete who showcases the ability to reach the quarterback and create pressure off the edge. His physical attributes alone could create interest in him as a potential free agent pass rusher in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. However, his troubled past and character concerns significantly outweigh his potential on the field, and I can’t see a team giving up a pick for him on Thursday.
Joe McMahon: OL, Central Michigan (6-4, 295)
A versatile offensive lineman who started 12 of 13 games in 2008, rotating between right guard and center for the Chippewas. McMahon began his career at Joliet JC before signing with Iowa State and then transferring to Central Michigan. The former two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion is a gifted athlete and may draw some interest as a developmental free agent.
Blake Boyd: OLB, Western Kentucky (6-3, 248)
A productive linebacker on the Western Kentucky defense who finished the 2008 season with 67 tackles, 9½ tackles for loss and 3½ sacks. Boyd was voted the team’s defensive MVP last year and was considered one of the top linebackers in the Sun Belt Conference before being declared academically ineligible for the 2009 season.
Torris Magee: WR, Southern Miss (6-2, 214)
A good-looking target who displays some natural body control and balance as a route runner. Magee showed a lot of promise during the 2007 season, but he quit the team in 2008 and was arrested a day later for his alleged involvement in a burglary. He has some big-time character concerns and looks like a guy who won’t see much of the NFL as a result.
Corey Surrency: WR, Florida State (6-5, 220)
Surrency is a king-sized wideout with the size to certainly create some mismatches at the next level. However, after running in the 4.65 range at his recent pro day, the NFL now looks like a bit of a long shot. He has long list of character concerns, and his talent is only borderline NFL-worthy and by no means makes up for his troubles off the field.
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