Battle's Workout Attended by Bills OL Coach

Isaiah Battle will most likely be the first player selected in the NFL's supplemental draft on Thursday since Josh Gordon in 2012. The Bills sent an offensive line coach to Battle's workout on Tuesday.

The NFL supplemental draft will take place on Thursday and it’s believed that one player, Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, will be selected. Yesterday, Battle held a workout that was attended by 26 NFL teams and the Buffalo Bills were in attendance. According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Buffalo sent an offensive line coach.

Battle performed well at his workout. Here are Battle’s numbers, per Brandt:

40-yard dash

5.29, 5.21

Vertical jump

24 ½ inch

Broad jump

8-foot-5

Bench press (225 lb.)

12

 

Battle’s bench press ended when the offensive tackle suffered a cramp in his arm.

At Clemson, Battle played in 27 games, starting 11 in 2014. He recorded the most snaps on the team last season (824). While Battle has the talent to make it in the NFL, there are some character concerns surrounding the offensive tackle.

Battle was suspended in 2013 for punching North Carolina State’s Jarvis Byrd. He was ejected from that game and sat out the following game against Wake Forest. This season, Battle also sat one game in October for disciplinary reasons. In June, Battle was pulled over for speeding and was found with marijuana. While cited, Battle wasn’t charged or arrested.

Some have speculated that the speeding and marijuana possession was Battle’s third strike at Clemson and the reason he declared for the supplemental draft, but Battle has said that he’s declaring due to family matters.

Despite his character concerns, Battle should be the first player drafted in the supplemental draft since Josh Gordon in 2012. Brandt believes that Battle will be selected somewhere in the fourth round of the supplemental draft, but some have speculated that teams could go as high as a second round pick.

If the Bills were to pick Battle in tomorrow’s supplemental draft, they’d lose that pick in the 2016 NFL draft. As it stands, Buffalo cannot use a sixth round pick on Battle as that was a part of the deal sent to the Vikings for quarterback Matt Cassel.

Buffalo currently has Cordy Glenn, Cyrus Kouandjio, Seantrel Henderson, Wayne Hunter and Tyson Chandler listed as offensive tackles on their roster. Glenn has one tackle spot locked down and Kouandjio and Henderson will compete for the right tackle spot. If Buffalo believes Battle can be a quality starter in the NFL, it wouldn’t hurt the Bills to submit a pick on Thursday. Glenn will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and adding Battle would provide insurance and depth at tackle.


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