Four Players Eligible for NFL Supplemental Draft; Expect Vikings to Pass


The NFL supplemental draft rarely produces anything newsworthy, and that should be the case again this year, at least for the Vikings who once again are expected to sit out all seven rounds.

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The four players available this year aren’t that exciting anyway. There certainly aren’t any Josh Gordon-like prospects in this group.

Chase Clayton/WR/New Mexico (6-3/202)

A kick returner who had only six catches in three seasons. Missed time in 2013 with a knee injury.

Darius Lipford/LB/North Carolina (6-3/255)

A knee injury forced him to miss the 2012 season. He was expected to stay at North Carolina but became a surprising supplemental draft entrant.

LaKendrick Ross/DT/Virginia-Lynchburg (6-5/360)

A large large man. Ended up in D-2 for academic reasons.

Traylon Shead/RB/SMU (6-2/230)

A big-time prospect coming out of high school who bombed out at Texas. Couldn’t make the starting lineup last year at SMU.

If any of those guys does anything for you as a potential future Viking then, well, you are way more easily impressed than me.

Keep in mind that picking a player in the supplemental draft means forfeiting the corresponding pick next season. That’s the main reason why teams hardly ever take players in the supplemental draft. Giving up a real draft pick to choose a guy who probably wouldn’t crack the real draft doesn’t make a ton of sense.

The draft starts at noon CT Thursday and continues until it’s over.

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