July 12, 2009 2009 Supplemental Draft Preview -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scott Wright President, Draft Countdown Every summer the NFL holds what they call a Supplemental Draft for players who want to enter the league but, for one reason or another, were not a part of the traditional NFL Draft in April. All 32 teams are involved in the three-step, weighted process. Teams with six wins or less in 2008 make up the first group, followed by a second group of non-playoff teams and finally a third group of last season's 12 playoff teams. Each team submits the name(s) of the player(s) that they want as well as the round they would like to select them in via e-mail, with the highest "bid" being awarded the player. In the case of two teams submitting a request for the same player in identical rounds the team with the worse record wins out. If a team uses a pick in the Supplemental Draft they forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the next NFL Draft. This year the Supplemental Draft will take place on July 16th at 1 p.m. EST. There was a time when teams routinely used premium selections in the Supplemental Draft and guys like Bernie Kosar, Brian Bosworth, Steve Walsh, Timm Rosenbach, Bobby Humphrey, Rob Moore and Dave Brown were all 1st Round picks in the late-80's and early-90's. In 1998 there were two future All-Pros were selected in the 2nd Round of the Supplemental Draft, with the San Diego Chargers nabbing DT Jamal Williams and the Green Bay Packers grabbing OG Mike Wahle. Other recent Supplemental Draft selections include Milford Brown (6th Round to Houston in 2002), Tony Hollings (2nd Round to Houston in 2003), Manuel Wright (5th Round to Miami in 2005), Ahmad Brooks (3rd Round to Cincinnati in 2006), Paul Oliver (4th Round to San Diego in 2007) and Jared Gaither (5th Round to Baltimore in 2007). The cream of this year's crop is without question Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon, who some feel could be chosen as early as round three. Jarmon opted for the Supplemental Draft after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA in May due to a positive test for a banned substance, which he claims was an unapproved dietary supplement. Other than Jarmon none of the other seven eligible prospects are considered locks to be drafted, although there are in fact several intriguing talents available who some team could deem worthy of a late round flyer. Below is a look at this year's crop with scouting reports on the top prospects: Defensive End | Kentucky Jeremy Jarmon Height: 6-31/8 | Weight: 278 | 40-Time: 4.80 Official Bio Strengths: Excellent bulk...Reliable tackler...Active with a terrific motor...Is stout at the point of attack...Does a nice job against the run...Solid technician...Shows the ability to get off blocks...Plays with good leverage...Knocks down a lot of passes at the line...Smart and a hard worker...Good production...Offers some schematic versatility...A lot of experience against top competition. Weaknesses: A bit shorter than you would prefer...Needs to get stronger...Not overly quick or explosive...A little stiff...Average agility...Doesn't change directions well...Isn't a top sack artist and repertoire of pass rush moves is limited...Has some minor durability concerns. Notes: A three-year starter for the Wildcats...Played a lead role in the UK Theater production of the play "Weak/Side/Help" in 2009...Was named 2nd Team All-SEC by the leagues coaches in 2007...Ranks third in school history when it comes to sacks...Has a history of shoulder injuries...Seriously considered going pro after his junior season and was given a 4th / 5th Round grade...Tested positive for a banned substance (reportedly an over-the-counter dietary supplement) during a random drug test and was ruled ineligible for his senior season...Had already earned a political science degree and decided to enter the NFL's Supplemental Draft...Could play defensive end in either a 4-3 or 3-4 front ... A solid all-around player with top - notch intangibles. Career Statistics Year GP TKL TFL SACK 2005 RS - - - 2006 13 30 6.5 4.0 2007 13 62 13.5 9.0 2008 12 38 10.0 4.5 Totals 38 130 30.0 17.5 Wide Receiver | Kansas St. Deon Murphy Height: 5-10 | Weight: 170 | 40-Time: 4.50 Official Bio Strengths: Excellent athleticism...Real elusive and is very dangerous in the open field...More quick than fast...Displays terrific acceleration with a burst...Nice ball skills and body control...Has reliable hands...Decent production...Can also contribute as a return man. Weaknesses: Undersized and lacks the ideal bulk you look for...Is not real physical...Will have trouble beating the jam...Unpolished route runner...Doesn't offer much as a blocker...Only two seasons of DI experience...Overall upside is likely limited...Character issues ??? Notes: Transfer from Coffeyville Junior College...The Wildcats second leading receiver behind Jordy Nelson in 2007 and was named the Big 12's Offensive Newcomer of the Year...Ranked third nationally in punt return average in 2007...Returned two punts for touchdowns during his K-State career...Left the team prior to his senior season, reportedly due to differences with Head Coach Bill Snyder...Profiles as a backup receiver at the next level...Best chance to make an NFL roster will likely come on special teams. Career Statistics Year GP Rec Yds YPC TD 2005 JUCO - - - - 2006 JUCO - - - - 2007 12 57 605 10.6 5 2008 12 37 555 15.0 6 Totals 24 94 1,160 12.3 11 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Others: • Corey Surrency, WR, Florida St. - Dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and actually spent time in jail for various offenses but later earned his GED. Played for a minor league football team called the Florida Kings before enrolling at El Camino Community College. Transferred to Florida St. in 2008 and caught 12 balls for 237 yards (19.8 avg.) and 4 touchdowns in his lone season with the Seminoles. Was suspended twice in 2008, missing one game each for separate off-the-field incidents. Entered the Supplemental Draft after the NCAA denied his request for another year of eligibility. Possesses impressive size (6-41/4, 226) but poor timed speed (4.65) and serious character concerns cloud his future. Would be a 25-year-old rookie. • Blake Boyd, OLB, Western Kentucky - Began his career at Louisville where he redshirted in 2005. Has adequate size (6-3, 250) and was very productive, racking up 184 tackles and 16.5 tackles for a loss in his three seasons with the Hilltoppers. Chose to enter the Supplemental Draft after being declared academically ineligible for the 2009 season. • Joe McMahon, OL, Central Michigan - Was a two-time Golden Gloves champion in boxing. Started his college career at Joliet Junior College before transferring to Iowa St and eventually Central Michigan. A tough, versatile blocker with experience at tackle, guard and center. Left school for unspecified personal reasons (rumored to be academics) after the 2008 season and decided to give the Supplemental Draft a shot. • McKinner Dixon, DE, Texas Tech - Earned some Freshman All-American notice in 2005 after registering 6.0 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks for the Red Raiders. Flunked out of school and attended Cisco Junior College in 2006 and 2007 before returning to Texas Tech. Racked up 10.0 tackles for a loss and 8.0 sacks in 2008 but was suspended indefinitely for not taking care of his academic responsibilities in April of 2009 and opted to go pro. A quick, speedy, undersized (6-3, 250) edge pass rusher. • Demetrice Morley, S, Tennessee - Was one of the most coveted recruits in the entire country coming out of high school in 2005. Played in every game his first two seasons with the Volunteers but was not allowed to re-enroll in 2007 due to poor academic performance. Was later arrested in Florida after allegedly robbing a Florida International student of $35. Attended Pellissippi State Technical Community College to get his grades in order, paying his own way by waiting tables, and was readmitted to Tennessee in January 2008. Did not fulfill his obligations to the team and was dismissed from the program for the second time in three years. Possesses an intriguing blend of size (6-2, 195) and athleticism but that isn't enough to overcome his litany of off-the-field troubles and character questions. • Torris Magee, WR, Southern Miss - Led the Golden Eagles in receiving with 44 receptions for 632 yards (14.4 avg.) and 3 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman in 2007. Was overshadowed by Fab Frosh DeAndre Brown and severely hampered by injuries in 2008. Quit the team in October of '08 and was arrested for burglary just a day later. Possesses intriguing size (6-2, 214) and certainly displayed some potential early in his college career but just average speed (4.6) and off-the-field issues loom large.