Battle drafted by the Rams

Former Clemson offensive lineman Isaiah Battle was selected in the 5th round of the NFL's supplemental draft Thursday.

Battle was the first player selected in the supplemental draft since 2012 when WR Josh Gordon was picked up.

The Rams give up their fifth round pick in next year's regular draft as a result of this move. Battle held a personal pro day earlier this week that was closed to the media. Battle ran the 40-yard dash in 5.29 and 5.21 seconds that afternoon.

He had a 24 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-5 broad jump. He performed 12 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, but had this exercise cut short because of a cramp in his arm.

Battle played in 27 games for the Tigers, 16 as a starter, over the last three years. That included 11 starts in 12 games last season on Clemson’s 10-3 team that ranked 15th in the final polls. He started four games on Clemson’s top-10 team of 2013 and played in five games as a freshman in 2012.

“I have some family matters to address, with a child due this summer, and I feel it is in my best interest to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft,” Battle said last month. “I want to thank everyone at Clemson, especially Coach Swinney and the assistant coaches, for what they have done for me the last three years. I also want to thank my teammates. They have all had a big impact on my career.” Top Stories