With training camp still multiple weeks away, the Jaguars may be able to add some talent to the team's roster with the help of the NFL supplemental draft.
The annual secondary draft process will take place on July 14 and isn't likely to make many waves. With just six prospect eligible for this year's "event," teams will have to decide whether or not they want to spend future picks on players who will lack the benefit of a full rookie offseason.
The timing and overall talent level available in the supplemental draft typically leads to limited selections and in some years, none at all. In fact, the Jaguars have never made a supplemental selection in the team's history.
While the process is usually nothing more than a blip on the NFL radar, there have been some legit gems. Former Ohio State wide receiver Cris Carter turned in a Hall of Fame career after being selected in 1987 by the Philadelphia Eagles and players like quarterback Bernie Kosar and linebacker Ahmad Brooks made Pro Bowls.
The last game-changer to come out of the supplemental draft was Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. The former Baylor playmaker was an All-Pro in 2013, but has dealt with several suspensions and off-the-field issues since being selected in 2012.
Only one player was selected in last year's class, Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, who taken with a fifth round pick by the St. Louis Rams. He failed to make the initial 53-man roster and spent a few months on the team's practice squad. Despite being called up to the main roster in November, Battle failed to appear in a regular season game.
While the Jaguars have proven to be indifferent to the supplemental draft over the years, they do have an open spot on the team's roster. In theory, the Jaguars could have interest in one or two of the players and choose to wait for them to become free agents after the draft is concluded.
Let's take a quick look at the six players available and how they might fit in Jacksonville:
Ra'Zahn Howard, DT, Purdue: At 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, Howard is probably the most NFL-ready of the players in the process. The New Jersey native saw heavy snaps over the last two seasons at Purdue, producing 43 tackles (3.5 for loss), two sacks and two pass breakups during that time. He would likely play nose tackle for the Jaguars, but the team already has Roy Miller, Abry Jones and Michael Bennett at the position. The Jaguars may have interest in using him as a strongside defensive end. Howard is the most likely player to be draft of the group.
Cameron Walton, DE, Concordia (Ala.): The Jaguars failed to shy away from small school defensive linemen in this year's regular draft, so perhaps they'll keep the streak going. Walton's football college program was ended in December and he is now looking for his next football home. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Walton is probably best fit for a linebacker role, but seems to be a clear project to stash on the practice squad.
Jalen Overstreet, RB, Sam Houston State: A big back, Overstreet is listed as 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds. A former quarterback and running back for the University of Texas, Overstreet transferred to SHSU in 2014. The running back has dealt with off-the-field issues, including being indicted in May by a grand jury for a credit card or debit card abuse felony charge. I expect the Jaguars to pass.
Tee Shepard, CB, Ole Miss: Shepard seems to fit the mold of the bigger cornerbacks that Gus Bradley likes. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Shepard was initially a Notre Dame recruit in 2012 but transferred to a JUCO before seeing playing time. He joined the Ole Miss Rebels in 2014 but missed his first season with a torn tendon in his toe. He was limited with his playing time last season, only appearing five games. He had planned to transfer to Miami (Ohio) but will now enter the supplemental draft.
Shepard has play-making ability but also has limited game tape and is hearing impaired. He will likely go undrafted but receive a few offers from teams intrigued by his size. The Jaguars, who will be without Aaron Colvin for the first four games of the season, may be intrigued.
Rashaun Simonise, WR, Calgary, Alberta: The 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver from Canada was impressive last season. He caught 51 passes for 1,079 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. While he seems like a solid developmental prospect, I doubt the Jaguars would spend a pick on him. If he make it to free agency, he may interest Dave Caldwell as a practice squad project. The team is deep at wide receiver and tight end, so I lean toward a "no" for Simonise.
Eddie D'Antuono, LS, Virginia Tech: Carson Tinker just signed an extension last September and clearly doesn't need competition. D'Antuono was three-year starter at long snapper for the Hokies. He is likely to go undrafted and may sign as competition elsewhere.
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