Packers Don’t Supplement Roster

The Packers neither drafted nor signed any of the seven players in Thursday's Supplemental Draft.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams selected offensive lineman Isaiah Battle in the fifth round of the NFL supplemental draft on Thursday.

None of the other six players were drafted, making them the equivalent of undrafted free agents. The Green Bay Packers, with an open roster spot, did not take the plunge on any of them, according to a source. The West Georgia duo of defensive lineman Dalvon Stuckey and outside linebacker Darrius Caldwell offered some intrigue. Even with suspensions looming for Datone Jones and perhaps Letroy Guion, the Packers apparently are happy with their defensive line depth and are passing on Stuckey.

Battle played in 27 games and started 15 during three seasons with the Tigers. The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder emerged from spring as the starter at left tackle, but cited having a child due this summer in deciding to leave the school.

However, Battle was cited for possession of marijuana and no proof of insurance while pulled over for speeding on June 11. He was suspended for a game in 2013 for punching a North Carolina State player. In 2014, he was benched for the opening drive against Florida State for missing a team meeting and he was suspended for the Syracuse game for unknown disciplinary reasons.

Rams general manager Les Snead says the team "felt it was an opportunity to get an earlier round value for a later round price." Snead says Battle will practice during what would have been his senior season and go through the offseason program before starting out as a rookie.

The Rams will lose a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft.

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