Minnesota Vikings: Options In The 2015 Suppelmental Draft


There hasn’t been a player selected in the NFL’s Suppelmental Draft since Josh Gordon was claimed by the Cleveland Browns back in 2012.  While not many players get their shot in the NFL through this process, Minnesota Vikings fans know just how important paying attention to these players can be.

One of the biggest icons in Minnesota Vikings history was part of the Suppelmental Draft process.  Wide receiver Cris Carter was obtained with a fourth round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, but was later released for his off-the-field issues.  Vikings fans know the story from there.  Carter went on to have his jersey number retired by Minnesota, be enshrined in the Vikings Ring of Honor, and enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This year, seven players will enter the 2015 Suppelmental Draft in hopes of continuing their NFL dreams.  Here is a list of those individuals:

  • Isaiah Battle – Offensive Tackle, Clemson
  • Darrius Caldwell – Defensive Tackle, West Georgia
  • Eric Eiland – Defensive End, Houston
  • Sean McQuillan, Tight End, UConn
  • Kevin Short – Defensive Back, Kansas
  • Dalvon Stuckey – Defensive Tackle, West Georgia
  • Adrian Wilkins – Wide Receiver, North Carolina Central

Dec 6, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Houston Cougars defensive end Eric Eiland (21) reacts after scoring a touchdown with wide receiver Steven Dunbar (88) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Cincinnati Bearcats defeat the Houston Cougars 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

According to NFL.com, the player with the best chance of being selected in this group is Clemson’s Isiah Battle.  While it is fun to think about a player being selected, there is a chance that none of these players will be chosen and they will all become free agents.

The Suppelmental Draft works like a silent auction.  Each team can place a value on a player who they decide would benefit their team.  That value is measured in a draft pick.  The team that is willing to give up the draft pick with the biggest value is awarded the player and the team will forfeit that pick.

It will be interesting to see if Isaiah Battle is chosen in the Suppelmental Draft when it is held on July 9th, or if any of the other players are given a solid look by the Minnesota Vikings when they enter free agency.

If there’s one thing we have learned from watching the Minnesota Vikings the last couple years, it is that you can never have enough young talent.  And there could be another gem like Cris Carter just waiting in this class to break out.

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