2009 NFL Supplemental Draft on July 16th

(Philadelphia, Pa) —- An event that most fans don’t know about takes place July 16th at 1 p.m. EST as the NFL holds this year’s “Supplemental Draft”. The draft used to be conducted on a conference call but now it is performed via e-mail. All 32 teams will be involved in the three-step, weighted process. Teams with six wins or less in 2008 participate in the first lottery for the top six picks, followed by a second group of non-playoff teams and a third group of the 12 playoff teams from last season. If a team elects to use a supplemental draft pick on one of the eligible prospects, that team will give up its pick in the same round in next April’s draft (2010).

We will have to see if any of this year’s 10 players that have applied to the “special” draft for a number of reasons (Academics, Family Obligations, etc) will garner a pick. But usually the players in this “special “ draft go unselected and an undrafted free agent or AFL/CFL career awaits them. Since the draft’s inception in 1977, thirty-seven players have been selected with nine never playing in a regular-season game — Future HOF Cris Carter is the high water mark selected by the Eagles in 1987 – 4th rd.

Other notable former Supplemental Draft selections from it’s heyday in the late-80s and early-90s are  Bernie Kosar (1st Rd – Browns), Brian Bosworth (1st Rd – Seahawks), Steve Walsh (1st Rd – Cowboys), Timm Rosenbach (1st Rd – Cardinals), Bobby Humphrey (1st Rd – Broncos), Rob Moore (1st Rd – Jets) and Dave Brown (1st Rd – Giants). Also current upper echelon NFL players San Diego Chargers DT Jamal Williams (2nd Rd, 1998), Green Bay Packers OG Mike Wahle (2nd Rd, 1998) and Ravens OT Jared Gaither (5th Rd, 2007) were selected in July’s Draft.

Last Year, there wasn’t even a Supplemental Draft as no players signed up for the special draft.  However this year there are a few solid prospects in the 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft that probably will get selected by the 4th round of today’s process.

Top Prospects in the 2009 Supplemental Draft Include:

Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon – The former highly regarded SEC defensive lineman (2nd team in 2007) opted for the Supplemental Draft after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA in May due to a positive test for a banned substance. Jarmon (6’3, 318) was the right size and effort to be a solid two-way end either in a 4-3 or 3-4 system.  He plays with good leverage, is a hard worker, and played against the SEC had to offer including Bengals first-round pick Alabama OT Andre Smith.  Jarmon will need to guard against injury (shoulder problems) plus work on his agility and pass rushing moves (only had 17.5 sacks in 3 years of play) to develop at the next level.  Being projected to be selected in the 3rd or 4th round of the Supplemental Draft.

Central Michigan OL Joe McMahon – A tough battling interior lineman, who is a former two-time Golden Gloves champion in boxing. Left school for unspecified personal reasons with many saying he as having academics difficulties. McMahon has moved around in his college career starting at Joliet Junior College then transferring to Iowa St and eventually ending up at Central Michigan. The former CMU lineman is a  tough blocker with adequate fee.  Though he as experience at tackle, guard and center in the past, I see him more as an interior swing player that can be a valuable back-up. Looks to be taken late in the Supplemental Draft or not at all.

Kansas State WR Deon Murphy  — This former junior college (Coffeyville) transfer is a quick receiver with question marks around size (5’10, 170, 4.5) apparently left school over differences with returning KSU head coach Bill Snyder.  Murphy is the former Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2007 and is very elusive in the open field plus has reliable hands.  He will probably have to make his mark on special teams and as a return man, because he only catch 94 passes over two years in Manhattan, KS.  Looks to be taken late in the Supplemental Draft or not at all as there have been indications of possible character issues.

Florida State WR Corey Surrency – Like most players entering the NFL Supplemental Draft, Surrency has a colorful past leading him to the NFL’s Special Draft — NCAA denied his request for another year of eligibility. The former Seminole dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and received his GED in jail. After playing for a semi-pro team called the Florida Kings, Surrency (6’4, 226) attended El Camino Community College before transferring to FSU in 2008.  In his very limited NCAA career, Surrency, who has great size and good speed for his size (4.6), showed flashes catching 12 balls for 237 yards (19.8 avg.) and 4 touchdowns.  However there are lingering character issues around this over-aged prospect (25) as he was suspended twice in 2008, missing one game each for separate off-the-field incidents. Definitely looks like a non-selection in the Supplemental Draft with some team giving him a shot in training camp or on a practice squad.  Reminds me of Arena League player Larry Brackins of the Philadelphia Soul who has had NFL stops with the Jets and Buccaneers.

Other entries:

Western Kentucky OLB  Blake Boyd

Texas Tech DE McKinner Dixon

Southern Mississippi WR Torris Magee

Tennessee S Demetrice Morley 


Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)


One Response

  1. Look at the list of guys who had really good careers. I hope the Eagles will pick up some one good. Bobby Gee’

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