NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Today marks the day of the NFL supplemental draft. While it has been awhile since we had a player make an impact from the supplemental draft, this day always brings at least a little bit of excitement. Perhaps it is the unknown or the interesting back stories that these players have, but if your team happens to grab one of these players, you get that sense of excitement you felt way back on draft day. Here are 5 players that have a chance to get picked in today’s supplemental draft.
Tee Shepard, CB-Mississippi
WT: 195 Lbs.
Shepard has had an interesting road to this point. He started out at Notre Dame after being a highly recruited prospect out of high school. He transferred to a community college for a year and then ended up at Ole Miss after committing to Mississippi. He was set to transfer again, but decided to try his hand at the pro level instead. He has only played in 5 games at the FBS level and he does have a hearing issue that may have led to his lack of playing time. He has good measurables, but the lack of experience will hurt his chances.
Rashaun Simonise, WR-Calgary
WT: 201 LBS
I don’t know much about Simonise, but he had a great pro day and very intriguing size. I have not seen much of him in terms of his route running or his hands except for some highlights, so that has to be taken with a grain of salt. He could get drafted based on his athletic traits and his size.
Jalen Overstreet, RB-Sam Houston State
WT: 212 LBS
Overstreet originally played at Texas before he was dismissed for what has been reported as “multiple team violations.” He has good size for the position, but the he has continued to get into trouble even after his time at Texas and probably will not get taken today.
Ra’Zahn Howard, DT-Purdue
WT: 325 LBS
Another player with some off field issues. He has good size and athleticism, but his career at Purdue has been relatively quiet. He has the size that the Patriots look for and could be a player teams feel his best football is ahead of him.
Cameron Walton, DE-Concordia College (Alabama)
WT: 225 LBS
Not a whole lot is known about Walton. He attended community college before transferring to Concordia, only to have Concordia cancel their football program. While he put up very good stats at the community college level, he will be trying to make the near impossible jump from the lowest of levels to the NFL. He has intriguing size, but not sure any team will actually use a pick on him, but he should get a camp invite somewhere.