Supplemental Draft: More Talent Available

With the 2009 NFL Draft over, free agency all but finished, there's still one place teams can look to tap into talent for their roster -- The Supplemental Draft. Teams looking for defensive line help may just want to take a look at the list of players available.

Central Michigan guard Joe McMahon, Florida State wide receiver Corey Surrency and Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon have sent in their paperwork to be included in the NFL's annual Supplemental Draft on July 16, has learned.

Jarmon is considered the only lock to be drafted, though McMahon and Surrency offer enough upside to warrant a close look by NFL teams.

The 6-foot-3, 279-pound Jarmon was an Honorable Mention All-SEC selection last year by the Associated Press after registering 38 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks as a junior. Jarmon's junior numbers pale in comparison to his career-highs a year earlier, when he had 62 tackles and 13.5 sacks.

Jarmon ranks third all-time at Kentucky with 17.5 career sacks and had been within striking distance of Oliver Barnett's 26 had he not tested positive for a banned substance during the spring.

The banned substance, reported by multiple websites to be an over-the-counter dietary supplement, led to Jarmon being suspended for one season, which exhausted his eligibility because he redshirted as a freshman. UK's appeal of the suspension was denied. A veteran of 31 career starts, Jarmon has already graduated with a degree in political science and is highly recommended by the UK staff despite the suspension.

Jarmon considered leaving after his junior season, applying to the NFL Advisory Committee and receiving a fourth- to fifth-round grade.

Since its inception in 1977, a total of 37 players have been selected via the Supplemental Draft. 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 originally created for players who had lost their eligibility to play collegiate football between the regular April draft and the beginning of the next season. Many of these "special case" players had lost their eligibility due to academics or legal troubles.

Unlike the televised April draft, the supplemental is carried out via e-mail among teams. 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 then lose the corresponding selection in the NFL Draft the following April.

The list of players eligible for this year's Supplemental Draft could grow, as players have until July 6 to apply.

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Rob Rang is a Senior Analyst for, distributed by The Sports Xchange.

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