An event that most fans don’t know about will take place on July 16 at 1 p.m. EST, as the NFL holds this year’s “Supplemental Draft.”
The draft used to be conducted on a conference call but is now performed via email. All 32 teams will be involved in the weighted, three-step process. Teams with six wins or less in 2008 participate in the first lottery for the top six picks, followed by a second group of non-playoff teams and a third group of the 12 playoff teams from last season.
If a team elects to use a supplemental draft pick on one of the eligible prospects, that team will give up its pick in the same round in next April’s draft.
We will have to see if any of this year’s ten players that have applied to the “special” draft for a number of reasons (academics, family obligations, etc.) will garner a pick. But usually the players in this “special" draft go unselected, and an undrafted free agent or AFL/CFL career awaits them.
Since the draft’s inception in 1977, 37 players have been selected with nine never playing in a regular-season game. Future HOF Cris Carter is the high-water mark selected by the Eagles in 1987 in the fourth round.
Other notable former Supplemental Draft selections from it’s heyday in the late-80s and early-90s are Bernie Kosar (first round—Browns), Brian Bosworth (first round—Seahawks), Steve Walsh (first round—Cowboys), Timm Rosenbach (first round—Cardinals), Bobby Humphrey (first round—Broncos), Rob Moore (first round—Jets) and Dave Brown (first round—Giants).
Current upper echelon NFL players San Diego Chargers DT Jamal Williams (second round, 1998), Green Bay Packers OG Mike Wahle (second round, 1998) and Ravens OT Jared Gaither (fifth round, 2007) were selected in the July Draft as well.
Last year, the Supplemental Draft did not take place, as no players signed up to take part. However, this year there are a few solid prospects in the running that will most likely be selected by the fourth round of today’s process.
Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon
The SEC defensive lineman (Second Team in 2007) opted for the Supplemental Draft after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA in May, due to a positive test for a banned substance.
Jarmon (6’3", 318) had the right size and effort to be a solid two-way end either in a 4-3 or 3-4 system. He plays with good leverage, is a hard worker, and played against the best the SEC had to offer including Bengals first-round pick Alabama OT Andre Smith.
Jarmon will need to guard against injury (shoulder problems), as well as work on his agility and pass rushing moves (only had 17.5 sacks in three years of play) to develop at the next level.
Being projected to be selected in the third or fourth round of the Supplemental Draft.
Central Michigan OL Joe McMahon
A tough, battling interior lineman who is a former two-time Golden Gloves champion in boxing. Left school for unspecified personal reasons, with many saying he was having academics difficulties.
McMahon has moved around in his college career, starting at Joliet Junior College then transferring to Iowa St and eventually ending up at Central Michigan.
The former CMU lineman is a tough blocker with adequate feet. Though he has experience at tackle, guard, and center in the past, I see him more as an interior swing player that can be a valuable backup.
Looks to be taken late in the Supplemental Draft or not at all.
Kansas State WR Deon Murphy
This former junior college (Coffeyville) transfer is a quick receiver with question marks around size (5’10", 170 lbs., 4.5). He apparently left school over differences with returning KSU head coach Bill Snyder.
Murphy is the former Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2007 and is very elusive in the open field, with a pair of reliable hands. He will probably have to make his mark on special teams and as a return man, because he only caught 94 passes over two years in Manhattan, Kansas.
Looks to be taken late in the Supplemental Draft or not at all, as there have been indications of possible character issues.
Florida State WR Corey Surrency
Like most players entering the NFL Supplemental Draft, Surrency has a colorful past leading him to the NFL’s special draft.
NCAA denied his request for another year of eligibility. The former Seminole dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and received his GED in jail. After playing for a semi-pro team called the Florida Kings, Surrency (6’4", 226 lbs.) attended El Camino Community College before transferring to FSU in 2008.
In his very limited NCAA career, Surrency, who has great size and the speed to go with it, showed flashes, catching 12 balls for 237 yards (19.8 avg.) and four touchdowns. However there are lingering character issues around this over-aged prospect (25 years old) as he was suspended twice in 2008, missing one game each time for separate off-the-field incidents.
Definitely looks like a non-selection in the Supplemental Draft with some team giving him a shot in training camp or on a practice squad. Reminds me of Arena League player Larry Brackins of the Philadelphia Soul who has had NFL stops with the Jets and Buccaneers.
Western Kentucky OLB Blake Boyd
Texas Tech DE McKinner Dixon
Southern Mississippi WR Torris Magee
Tennessee S Demetrice Morley
Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)Posted in 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft, Corey Surrency, Deon Murphy, Jeremy Jarmon, Joe McMahon, NFL Supplemental Draft Tagged: 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft, Corey Surrency, Deon Murphy, Football, Jeremy Jarmon, Joe McMahon, NFL, NFL Supplemental Draft, Sports
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