Supplementing the defensive line

Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon had 17.5 sacks in his three years, including nine as a sophomore. If the Packers aren't satisfied with the progress made by Jarius Wynn, undrafted Ronald Talley and disappointing 2007 first-round pick Justin Harrell, they could look to the July 16 draft.

If the Packers aren't happy with their defensive end situation at the end of this week's three organized team activities and next week's three-day minicamp, there are some options.

Veterans Kevin Carter and Vonnie Holliday remain available. If the Packers prefer a younger alternative, they can look to the NFL's annual Supplemental Draft.

Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon is the top player who will be available on July 16.

Jarmon is an intriguing talent with the third-most sacks in school history, and where he lands next month will be an intriguing story.

He tested positive for a banned substance and was ruled ineligible for the upcoming season. Since Jarmon redshirted as a true freshman, the suspension exhausted his collegiate eligibility.

Despite that blemish, he comes highly regarded from his collegiate coaches. He already has his degree (in political science) and says he doesn't have so much as a speeding ticket on his record.

On the field, Jarmon is a 6-foot-3, 279-pound talent. Jarius Wynn, the Georgia product who the Packers selected in the sixth round, stands 6-3 and weighs 277. So, while they might not have textbook height and weight for the scheme, the Packers have shown a willingness to move outside those boundaries.

Jarmon started 31 games during his three seasons. He was honorable mention all-SEC last season after posting 38 tackles, 10 tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks. He was a dominant force as a sophomore with 62 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses and nine sacks to earn second-team honors. He had 17.5 sacks in his three years with the Wildcats.

"He was Kentucky's best pass rusher and has shown great signs of development over the last two seasons," Scout.com draft expert Chris Steuber said. "He has great size and a long wingspan, which allows him to be disruptive at the line of scrimmage. He really improved his technique in '08 and has the look of becoming a quality pass rusher. He makes a lot of plays in the backfield and causes the opposition problems with his size/speed combination."

While Steuber said Jarmon is best-suited for a 4-3 scheme, the Packers could be interested if they aren't satisfied with the progress made by Wynn, undrafted Ronald Talley and disappointing 2007 first-round pick Justin Harrell.

Jarron will hold a campus workout for team scouts on July 9, according to ESPN.com.

Since its inception in 1977, 37 players have been selected via the Supplemental Draft, including Mike Wahle by the Packers in 1998. Among the most notable selections were quarterback Bernie Kosar (Cleveland, 1985), wide receiver Cris Carter (Philadelphia, 1987) and linebacker Brian Bosworth (Seattle, 1987).

The Supplemental Draft was created for players who had lost their eligibility to play collegiate football between the regular draft and the beginning of the next season. Many of these players had lost their eligibility due to academics or legal troubles.

Unlike the televised April draft, the supplemental is carried out via e-mail. The teams, slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the year previous, contact the league with a list of the players they'd draft and the round in which they'd take them. Any team that uses a Supplemental Draft pick would lose the corresponding selection in the NFL Draft the following April. When the Packers grabbed Wahle, they had to relinquish a second-round pick in the 1999 draft.

The other players in the draft are Central Michigan guard Joe McMahon and Florida State wide receiver Corey Surrency. McMahon (6-3, 290) started at guard and center last season but was dismissed from the team with academic problems. Surrency (6-5, 210) was suspended twice last season, when he had 12 catches for 237 yards and four touchdowns. The list of players eligible for this year's Supplemental Draft could grow, with the application deadline on July 6.


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