Since Josh Gordon was selected in the 2012 Supplemental Draft, there has been some sort of drought with no other selections made to date. Is it that players have gotten smarter at assessing their options early and declaring for the NFL draft on time? Is it just pure coincidence that there have been no viable selection options? Or is it that the prospects of having to deal with the off-field issues such as those of supplemental draftees like Josh Gordon and Josh Brent scares off the 32 teams in the league?Whatever the reason, there is a good chance that this NFL betting season could be different, as the possibilities of a Supplemental Draft selection looks likely. But before we go any further, what is supplemental draft?Definition and Process of the Supplemental DraftAs befittingly explained by Wikipedia:“In the supplemental draft, a team is not required to use any picks. Instead, if a team wants a player in the supplemental draft, they submit a “bid” to the Commissioner with the round they would pick that player. If no other team places a bid on that player at an earlier spot, the team is awarded the player and has to give up an equivalent pick in the following year’s draft.”Josh Gordon has had an on-and-off dance with substance abuse problems and is currently suspended until the start of the 2016 NFL season.
- Clemson OT Isaiah Battle: Reportedly caught with drugs a while back and cited family issues for declaring for the draft, but is projected to be talented enough for a third round or fourth round pick.
- West Georgia DT Dalvon Stuckey: Enters the draft because of academic issues. He collected 40 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks last season. He was rated as the No. 8 junior college player in ESPN’s 2014 class and could be a late-round pick in the draft.
- West Georgia DE Darrius Caldwell: Like Stuckey, Caldwell is here because of academic reasons. Collected 12 sacks for West Georgia last season, but his pro day numbers last week were not good, so it will be a miracle if a team really trusts him.
- Houston DE Eric Eiland: Started 10 games last year, racking up 44 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a half a sack. Could find his way to the NFL, most probably as a special teams guy.
- Connecticut TE Sean McQuillan: Was charged with assault for involvement in a fight, hence his declaration for the draft. Doesn’t bring much to the table though, as he had just 16 receptions, a TD and 158 yards in 11 starts last season.
- Kansas DB Kevin Short: Committed to Kansas for the 2013 season, but redshirted that year. In 2014, he was academically ineligible. In his previous time at Fort Scott Community College (before joining Kansas), he had 10 interceptions in two seasons.
- North Carolina Central WR Adrian Wilkins: Mostly played as a return specialist, averaging 24.7 on kick returns and 13.6 yards on punt returns.