Devonaire Clarington

Only One Player Taken In Supplemental Draft

The NFL’s Supplemental Draft on Wednesday concluded with only one player drafted. After the Cardinals chose Washington State’s Jalen Thompson in the fifth round, no other players were taken in the remaining two rounds.

The players who were not selected in the supplemental draft are now free to sign with any club. Those players are:

After Thompson, Simms was widely regarded as the best player in this year’s supplemental draft. The 6’0″ receiver averaged 16.7 yards per catch during his time with the Mountaineers and seems likely to land on a team’s 90-man roster.

Clarington, a one-time University of Texas commit, has also shown some impressive athleticism and potential at the JUCO level. He may also find work in the NFL, but he’s a raw prospect, even by supplemental draft standards.

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Supplemental Draft Notes: Thompson, Texans, Clarington

With the 2019 Supplemental Draft scheduled to take place on Wednesday, let’s round up the latest notes on this year’s prospects:

  • Washington State safety Jalen Thompson is the most-hyped player in this year’s supplemental class, and he held his workout today. According to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, 26 teams were on hand for Thompson’s exhibition, and the Texans sent their director of scouting. The Packers have also reportedly shown a great deal of interest in Thompson, who is expected to be taken in the later rounds of the draft.
  • No one from the Redskins‘ front office was physically in attendance for Thompson’s workout, but as John Keim of ESPN.com tweets, the team was repped by the BLESTO scouting service. The service will provide Washington with video of Thompson’s workout and his medicals.
  • Former University of Texas commit Devonaire Clarington also worked out for NFL teams today, and Greg Auman of The Athletic put together an excellent piece detailing Clarington’s long journey to the doorstep of pro football. Clarington never suited up for the Longhorns due to academic issues, but at 6-7 with good hands and good speed from the tight end position, it’s not inconceivable that a team could take a late-round flier on him. Indeed, Clarington said he has fielded calls from at least 20 teams, including five different members of the Browns‘ staff.
  • We recently heard that former West Virginia wideout Marcus Simms is, like Thompson, likely to be selected.

Devonaire Clarington Enters Supplemental Draft

Former University of Texas commit Devonaire Clarington will enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, according to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer (on Twitter). The tight end never suited up for the Longhorns due to academic issues, but he’s hoping to find a spot in the league.

Clarington was ranked as the fourth-best tight end in the 2015 class when he signed up with the University of Texas. Unfortunately, academic issues kept him off of the field. After leaving UT, the tight end played at Blinn Junior College and, most recently, at Northland Community College.

At NCC, Clarington recorded 48 catches for 916 yards and eleven touchdowns. The low level of competition means that those stats won’t carry much weight with NFL evaluators, but Clarington could be poised to impress during his workout on July 8. The 6’6″ tight end reportedly runs a 4.6 second 40-yard-dash and boasts a max squat of 450 pounds.

Clarington is the third entrant into July’s supplemental draft, joining former Syracuse linebacker Shyheim Cullen and former West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms.