The St. Louis Rams have used a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Supplemental Draft to select Isaiah Battle. The St. Louis Rams will lose a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to select Battle, an offensive tackle out of Clemson. Battle was one of seven players eligible for this year's supplemental draft, but he was the only one really talked about as a potential selection on Thursday.
Battle is a talented offensive tackle who many thought could elevate himself to top-five status at his position with another productive season at Clemson. He's started just 15 games over the course of his college career, with 11 of those games coming last season. That said, he's been more known for an uppercut that caused him to get suspended and potential off-field issues than his play on the field.
Still, there's something to be said for the talent he's shown on the field to this point, and it makes sense for an NFL team to take a flier on him. Battle would have become an undrafted free agent had St. Louis not selected him, making him free to sign with anyone. With his ceiling, he's worth the investment, especially at this point in the offseason where teams have generally finished signing players and are set to head into training camp.
The Rams also spent four draft picks in 2015 on offensive linemen, to support a new power running game behind rookie first-round pick Todd Gurley.
No other player was selected in this year's supplemental draft. The other eligible players included West Georgia defensive linemen Darrius Caldwell and Dalvon Stuckey, Houston defensive end Eric Eiland, UConn tight end Sean McQuillan, Kansas defensive back Kevin Short and North Carolina Central wide receiver Adrian Wilkins. All of those players will become undrafted free agents and are free to sign with any team.SB Nation presents: Mocking the 2016 NFL Draft