The perception around the league is that the Falcons are hot on supplemental draft candidate Isaiah Battle, Jordan Raanan of the Star-Ledger tweets. The Clemson offensive tackle could reportedly have third-round value in the July 9th draft.
Battle, who had been penciled in as Clemson’s starting left tackle for the coming season, is perhaps the most intriguing player to declare for the 2015 supplemental draft. Earlier this year, Mike Huguenin of NFL.com identified the 22-year-old Brooklyn native as a candidate to play in next year’s Senior Bowl, writing that the Clemson lineman “remains somewhat raw, [but] is a good athlete who plays with some nastiness.”
Recently, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports suggested that a strong 2015 season at Clemson might have pushed Battle into the top five prospects at his position for the 2016 draft. Battle is very green, but his upside is undeniable. Battle played 27 games at Clemson and started 16.
“I’ll be surprised if he’s not taken,” a personnel executive for a NFC team told Mark Eckel of the Star-Ledger, adding that he hears Atlanta is the most interested. “He’s worth a shot, for sure. It’s just a matter of how much is he worth to you.”
As a refresher, the supplemental draft allows clubs to select players who for some reason were unable to enter the standard draft; academic trouble or disciplinary issues are often – but not always – key factors. If a team selects a player in the supplementary draft, it will lose its corresponding pick in the following year’s standard draft. For example, if a club were to select Battle in the sixth round of the supplemental, it will lose its 2016 sixth-rounder as a result.
Most players who enter the supplemental draft ultimately go undrafted, allowing them to become free agents and sign with any team. The last two players to be picked were Terrelle Pryor (third round, 2011) by the Raiders and Josh Gordon (second round, 2012) by the Browns.
West Georgia defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, West Georgia defensive end Darrius Caldwell, and North Carolina Central receiver Adrian Wilkins have also declared for the 2015 supplemental draft.