Typically, players involved in the Supplemental Draft in recent years have been later round picks who for one reason or another decided to forgo their remaining eligibility after the normal Draft process. Sometimes the issue is out of their control - suspension, health issue, academics - and the players find themselves without a future in college football. In order to accommodate these players, the Supplemental Draft was created. .
The Patriots have 86 players on the roster currently, could they be interested in adding another? Considering the team is expected to have their unsigned Draft picks from April's Draft on board by the start of training camp, it's unlikely they'll add more until they release some of the players currently on the roster. Each team is required to adhere to the 80-man limit when they open camp.
The cream of the crop in this year's Draft class is DE Jeremy Jarmon, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound end out of Kentucky. According to most Draft experts, Jarmon is more of a run-stuffing end than a pass rusher.
According to Scott Wright who runs a Draft website called DraftCountdown.com (Formerly NFLDraftCountdown.com), Jarmon - the best player available -- is expected to be selected in the middle rounds of the Draft.
"Jeremy Jarmon is definitely the best prospect available for this year's Supplemental Draft," Wright told Patriots Insider via email. "Jarmon is the only prospect who is a lock to be drafted but keep an eye on Kansas St. WR Deon Murphy in the late rounds."
Wright agrees with the experts who have Jarmon pegged as a middle rounder in this year's class.
"He considered coming out after his junior season and was given a 4th / 5th Round Grade," said Wright. "But most seem to feel he will be chosen in the 3rd or 4th Round of the Supplemental Draft."
One reason why the Patriots may have little interest in Jarmon is the position he's projected to play at the next level. The Patriots are in the market for more of a pass rush specialist / outside linebacker hybrid. Wright believes Jarmon resembles one player the Patriots showed little to no interest in this year's past Draft.
"As far as comparisons go, Jarmon reminds me a little bit of Paul Kruger from this past draft," said Wright. The Patriots attended Utah's pro day, but according to an inside source at the workout, New England barely met with Kruger other than to get some background information. (see insider's Lounge)
"Jarmon was a productive pass rusher in college but he isn't a dynamic sack artist by any stretch," Wright continued. "He is actually more of a base / left defensive end in a 4-3 but also has the ability to play end in a 3-4 front as well."
18 NFL teams attended Jarmon's Pro Day on July 9th. Patriots Insider has confirmed New England was not one of those teams. The Washington Redskins sent four reps including personnel man Vinnie Cerrato.
One player the Patriots may have an interest in is DE McKinner Dixon out of Texas Tech. The issue for Dixon is football intelligence. He has the athletic ability, but can he handle learning the responsibilities of an NFL linebacker? At best, Dixon would be a candidate for the practice squad.
Earned some Freshman All-American notice in 2005 after registering 6.0 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks for the Red Raiders. Flunked out of school and attended Cisco Junior College in 2006 and 2007 before returning to Texas Tech. Racked up 10.0 tackles for a loss and 8.0 sacks in 2008 but was suspended indefinitely for not taking care of his academic responsibilities in April of 2009 and opted to go pro. A quick, speedy, undersized (6-3, 250) edge pass rusher.
One league insider told us not to expect the Patriots to make any moves in the supplemental Draft. It was pointed out that the Patriots selected 12 players in April's Draft, and the reasoning was they're not going to spend picks on players they may have to cut in two weeks to meet the 80-man limit.
The players available in this year's Supplemental Draft:
DE Jeremy Jarmon, Kentucky
DE McKinner Dixon, Texas Tech
WR Deon Murphy, Kansas State
OL Joe McMahon, Central Michigan
WR Corey Surrency, Florida St.
DB Demetrice Morley, Tennessee
OLB Blake Boyd, Western Kentucky
WR Torris Magee, Southern Mississippi