The 2015 NFL Supplemental Draft is set for Thursday and there are seven players eligible to be taken. The big name is former Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, who might have been considered a high-round pick had he played another season with the Tigers. Battle has shown flashes of top-level play at his position, but is it enough for a team to put forward a pick within the first few rounds?
That's the big question of the day.
Players are eligible for the supplemental draft if they were not eligible for the regular NFL Draft for whatever reason. Usually, players go this route for academic or disciplinary reasons. In Battle's case, he claims things changed in his personal life that resulted in him needing to turn pro sooner rather than later.
The order of draft priority for the supplemental draft is essentially determined by record, but there's actually a bit of a lottery system at play behind the scenes. All 32 teams are placed into three tiers, the first of which includes teams with six or fewer wins. The team with the worst record gets the best chance at earning top priority within that group. The second tier consists of the rest of the non-playoff teams and uses the same weighted system.
The final group consists of the 12 playoff teams from last season, and also follows the same weighted system as the previous two tiers.
Teams submit a list of players they are interested in, and which round of the draft they'd like to select that player in, with the players ultimately going to the team that submits the highest bid. When a team is awarded a player, they then forfeit the corresponding pick for that round in the following year's actual NFL Draft. The last player taken in the supplemental draft was Josh Gordon in 2012, and the Cleveland Browns lost a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft for selecting Gordon in the second round of that year's supplemental draft.
OT Isaiah Battle, Clemson
DE Darrius Caldwell, West Georgia
DT Dalvon Stuckey, West Georgia
DE Eric Eiland, Houston
TE Sean McQuillan, UConn
DB Kevin Short, Kansas
WR Adrian Wilkins, North Carolina Central
There is no event held around the supplemental draft, as it happens behind closed doors. Any one of the seven players actually getting selected this year isn't a given by any means, with Battle being the most likely by far. If any player is selected, the NFL will provide a release with the news. The supplemental draft does have an official start time of 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, however, so look for news around that time.