The 2016 NFL Supplemental Draft is next week, with the date set for July 14th
The rules of the Supplemental Draft are very different from the regular spring draft we all go so bonkers about. First, the talent pool is much, much smaller. Generally speaking, only players who missed the deadline to file for the NFL Draft, or somehow had their eligibility interfered with, are eligible.
Second, the supplemental draft is in the style of a “silent auction.” Instead of teams taking turns picking players, they each quietly put in a “bid” on a player. The team with the highest “bid” is awarded the player. The team then forfeits that “bid” in the next draft. Finally, teams’ are weighted in accordance to their draft slot of that year. Put in practical terms, if the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers are both interested in a prospect and put up a fifth-round bid, the Giants would be awarded that player because they had a higher draft slot in the 2016 draft, and sacrifice their 2017 fifth-round pick.
Eddie D’antuono (LS, Virginia Tech)
Ra’Zahn Howard (DT, Purdue)
Jalen Overstreet (RB, Sam Houston State)
Tee Shepard (CB, Ole Miss)
Rashuan Simonise (WR, Calgary)
Cameron Walton (DE, Concordia)
What You Should Know
The Giants don’t have much of a history with the Supplemental Draft. Not much of the league does, in fact. In 2015 the Rams used a fifth-round pick to select Isaiah Battle (OL, Clemson). Battle was the first supplemental draftee since the Browns used a second-round pick to draft Josh Gordon in 2012.
Tee Shepard is a 6 foot, 190-pound corner with the measurables the NFL looks for, but his deafness (he has a 90 percent hearing impairment) very well could keep teams away.
Canadian receiver Rashaun Simonise has intriguing physical tools at 6-5, 215 pounds, reportedly running a laser timed 4.42 second 40-yard dash, he is big and fast in the mold of Martavis Bryant. He was simply too much for defenses in Canadian colleges, with 51 receptions, 1,079 yards, and 11 touchdowns in eight games in 2015. He is likely facing a tough task translating to the NFL game, but teams could easily fall in love with his physical tools.
Purdue defensive tackle Ra’Zahn Howard might be the player to watch for the Supplemental Draft. His a big, strong nose tackle at 6-4, 325 pounds who is also surprisingly quick for a player of his size. His size will likely mean that teams running a 3-4 front will likely be most interested — good nose tackles are both vital to the 3-4 and hard to find — his short-area quickness suggests some ability to disrupt in a four-man front. Howard, a New Jersey native, will be holding a Pro Day on July 8th in New Jersey. The Giants have invested in their defensive line, and if they aren’t happy with the depth behind Jay Bromley, Howard could be an option. He is expected to be a “fifth-round” pick.
Will any of these young men be Giants come training camp? That remains to be seen. The Giants generally don’t like to part with draft picks without good reason before the draft, but one of the consistent messages from the Giants’ front office is that they explore all options to improve the team.