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2015 NFL Supplemental Draft primer


Here's an in-depth look at all seven eligible players, including a scouting report and draft projection for each -- including Clemson offensive tackle, who was a fifth-round pick by the St. Louis Rams in this year's supplemental draft.

Isaiah Battle, OT, Clemson

Scouting report: Battle said he was entering the supplemental draft to help support his family, with a child due this summer. NFL scouts believe that his previous disciplinary issues and a recent report by The Clemson Insider that he was cited for possession of marijuana and speeding in June might have caused Clemson to push Battle out of the door. Regardless, this left tackle is a player who will be strongly considered by a few teams. Battle has great length and is able to get into edge rushers quickly. He has the athleticism to fit in nicely with zone-scheme running teams. He has issues with waist-bending and leaning on defenders at times, which is the sign of a player who has concerns about his own strength and anchor.
Draft projection: Scouts are concerned about his work ethic and character and view him as a player who will need time and patience. However, the length and athleticism he offers at such a premium position could lead to him being selected within the first four rounds.

Darrius Caldwell, DE, West Georgia

Scouting report: Caldwell originally signed with Illinois and took a redshirt season in 2011, before finishing with 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2012. Caldwell left Illinois due to academic reasons and spent a season at Pearl River Community College before committing to Arizona State. However, academics prevented him from attending college at Arizona State. He ended up playing for West Georgia last season and recorded 12 sacks. Caldwell is angular and lacks the necessary strength at the point of attack to hold up against NFL-caliber strength. Despite playing defensive end in college, he would have to transition into a 3-4 edge spot to have a shot.
Draft projection: After an underwhelming pro day, Caldwell is unlikely to be drafted.

Eric Eiland, DE, Houston

Scouting report: Eiland originally signed with Texas A&M in 2007, but opted for baseball after the Toronto Blue Jays made him a second-round selection. Minor league baseball didn't work out for Eiland, so he made his way to Houston in 2012. Eiland made 18 starts as a stand-up end over the last two seasons, but tallied just two sacks and 10 tackles for loss during that time. He is undersized and unable to threaten the edge as a pass rusher, so he would have to move to a weakside linebacker spot in the pros. Eiland turns 27 in September and decided it was time to move on from college to give pro ball a shot.
Draft projection: Eiland is unlikely to be drafted.

Sean McQuillan, TE, UConn

Scouting report: McQuillan didn't opt for the supplemental draft because of a lack of playing time or academic issues. On the contrary, he was expected to be a team captain in 2015. However, McQuillan was arrested in April and charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. UConn head coach Bob Diaco announced in June that McQuillan was no longer a member of the football team. McQuillan will catch what he's supposed to, but he's tight-legged and upright in his routes. He has difficulty separating against quality athletes. McQuillan has a stocky, muscular build, but isn't enough of a bender as an in-line blocker to consistently make an impact in that area.
Draft projection: With McQuillan due in court on July 17, one scout told me he has "zero chance" of being drafted.

Kevin Short, DB, Kansas

Scouting report: Short never played at Kansas. He was part of the Jayhawks' 2013 JUCO class, but was a redshirt in 2013 and was academically ineligible in 2014. In September 2014, then-Kansas coach Charlie Weis announced that Short was leaving school for personal reasons. So, Short hasn't played in a football game since 2012, when he attended Fort Scott Community College. Both Short and Weis have said that academics were not the issue for his departure.
Draft projection: Short has very little chance of being drafted despite his intriguing 6-foot-2 frame.

Dalvon Stuckey, DT, West Georgia

Scouting report: Stuckey was a Florida State commitment out of high school but never enrolled due to academic issues. After spending two seasons at Pearl River Community College, he committed to Arizona State along with teammate Darrius Caldwell. Like Caldwell, Stuckey failed to qualify academically and played his 2014 football at West Georgia, where he notched 4.5 sacks, nine tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Stuckey has decent size and plays with his pads square. He keeps a nice, low pad level, but he lacks positional strength to be a true plugger at nose and the quickness to be a gap-shooter.
Draft projection: Stuckey probably won't be drafted but should make it into a camp.

Adrian Wilkins, WR, North Carolina Central

Scouting report: Wilkins is listed at 5-8 and 175 pounds, which immediately makes him an underdog to be drafted as a supplemental pick. The undersized receiver's background as a return man gives him a glimmer of hope, though. In 2013, Wilkins finished with five returns for touchdowns (three on kickoffs and two on punts) and was able to craft some solid returns in 2014. Wilkins doesn't always play with great play speed and fearlessness as a returner and he is a ragged route-runner when used from the slot. Wilkins and his family decided to leave school after he was declared ineligible to compete for North Carolina Central this season.
Draft projection: While he is unlikely to be drafted, he could end up in a camp.

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