While a host of NFL teams sent a representative to the Isaiah Battle pro day at Clemson this week, only one team and coach is mentioned specifically by name in the latest NFL.com piece on the supplemental draft, which takes please today at 1 p.m. ET. (Ed. note: Battle was eventually nabbed with a fifth-round pick by the St. Louis Rams.)
"Representatives from 25 NFL teams, including an offensive line coach from the Buffalo Bills, were on hand Tuesday for the pro day workout of Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle," writes NFL.com's Gil Brandt.
The Bills have a need for an offensive tackle, even though they recently signed depth reserve Wayne Hunter. Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio are unproven. It's no surprise that the Bills sent a position coach to the event. (It should also be noted that Rex Ryan's son, Seth, is a sophomore on the Clemson football team.)
No player has been selected in the supplemental draft since Josh Gordon in 2012. To be eligible for this final shot at being on a 2015 NFL roster, these players missed the deadline to declare their draft eligibility, but are no longer able to compete for a college team.
As Dan Lavoie explained in his Battle scouting report, the rules for the supplemental draft are much different than the regular entry draft. Here's a review:
Teams are ordered via a lottery system based on their records in the previous season. The Bills, with a 9-7 record and a finish outside of the playoffs, will be placed somewhere between the Nos. 11 and 20 picks in this order. Once the order is set, teams are allowed to bid a draft pick in a specific round on any players they want to draft. If a player is bid upon, the team who submitted the highest bid is awarded the player, and sacrifices the corresponding round's pick in the next year's draft.
We should know relatively quickly once the draft is complete whether Battle was drafted and where he ended up. Stay tuned.