Supplemental Draft Preview: Possible Destinations for Eight NFL Prospects
In day two of the National Football Post’s supplemental draft preview, we take a look at eligible prospects and break down some possible landing spots for each, either through the draft or signing as a free agent.
Jeremy Jarmon: DE, Kentucky (6-3, 278)
Not only did the Redskins have three staff members on hand to watch Jarmon’s workout last week, but executive VP of football operations Vinny Cerrato also made the trip to take in the action. The ‘Skins are still snooping around for a potential pass rushing threat opposite DE Andre Carter, and with rookie Brian Orakpo penciled in as the likely starter at SLB, Jarmon makes a lot of sense.
Jarmon traveled to Philadelphia for a meeting and physical exam last Wednesday, and there looks to be at least some interest on the Eagles’ part. Head coach Andy Reid has never been shy about collecting talented defensive linemen on his roster, and Jarmon looks like a good fit for the defense. However, if there’s one reason to think Philadelphia will pass on Jarmon, it’s the depth and talent they already have at the DE position.
The Broncos need to use every resource available right now to add pieces to their defensive front seven. Jarmon has some similarities to Denver’s 2009 first-round pick, Robert Ayers, and displays the skill set to develop as a pass rushing outside linebacker at the next level. Plus, he would certainly give the Broncos’ defense a bit more flexibility and talent up front.
Deon Murphy: WR, Kansas State (5-10, 176)
St. Louis Rams
What available receiver aren’t the Rams potentially in the market for right now? They currently have wideouts Keenan Burton and Donnie Avery scheduled to start Week 1, and there isn’t that much depth behind them. Murphy’s athletic abilities would transition nicely to the fast turf in St. Louis, and he could at least add some depth to the Rams’ receiving corps and help out on special teams.
The Raiders selected two young, explosive receivers in the 2009 draft and may be content to develop the talent they already have. However, if you look over the depth chart, there really isn’t all that much in the cupboard. Murphy is an explosive deep threat who has been timed in the high 4.3 range and could intrigue owner Al Davis as a late-round pick.
The Steelers not only lost their main vertical threat, WR Nate Washington, this past offseason, they also finished tied for last in the NFL in punt return average. Murphy could fill a role as a situational deep threat and possesses the talent to improve the team’s punt return game as well. He’s not a bad play for the defending Super Bowl champs as a late-round pickup.
McKinner Dixon: DE, Texas Tech (6-3, 252)
Dixon was born and raised in Texas and displays the type of natural pass rush ability to be a good fit in the Dallas 3-4 defense. The Cowboys have always shown a willingness to take a chance on players with character concerns, and the late-round investment needed to grab Dixon simply might be too good to pass up. You can bet the Dallas front office called in former Texas Tech DE Brandon Williams, their fourth-round pick this year, to ask about Dixon.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs proved in the 2009 draft that they aren’t afraid to overlook some character flaws if the talent deems itself worthy. Dixon certainly has the talent and could be an intriguing fit as a DE/OLB option in some of the hybrid looks the Chiefs plan to implement this season. Look for Dixon to be a potential option for Kansas City, but only as a free agent if he goes undrafted on Thursday.
Demetrice Morley: DB, Tennessee (6-2, 195)
Oakland has consistently been willing to overlook character flaws if the talent in there, which is definitely the case in Morley. He’s a big, physical safety who runs very well for his size and certainly has the triangle numbers to intrigue the Raiders’ front office.
There really isn’t much to get excited about concerning the Texans’ overall talent or depth at safety, and Morley might be an intriguing addition right before training camp. He won’t be expected to play much of a role this year, but he possesses the overall physical skill set to fight for playing time down the line if he can keep himself out of trouble.
Here are some other players who will draw interest in the supplemental draft...
Joe McMahon: OL, Central Michigan (6-4, 295)
The scouting department in New England has shown an ability to think outside the box concerning the offensive line and has brought in prospects like former collegiate wrestler Stephen Neal. So it might make some sense that the Patriots would be interested in McMahon, a former Golden Gloves boxing champion in Chicago. He’s a good athlete and has the versatility to play all over the offensive line, another intriguing trait in New England.
Corey Surrency: WR, Florida State (6-5, 220)
The New York Giants could be a decent fit here, as the team is still looking for a receiver to take the spot of Plaxico Burress in the red zone. Surrency’s frame and skill set are very similar to current Giants rookie wideout Ramses Barden, and he could at least create some competition there.
Blake Boyd: OLB, Western Kentucky (6-3, 248)
Boyd is a hard-working linebacker with a nice-sized frame and looks like an ideal fit in a 3-4 defense. The Green Bay Packers in particular could be a likely destination for Boyd as a developmental player after the draft.
Torris Magee: WR, Southern Miss (6-2, 214)
Magee is strictly a possession-type receiver who’s at his best working the middle of the field and using his big frame to make plays on the ball. Some possible destinations include Minnesota, Seattle and Tampa Bay.
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