On Thursday, the NFL will hold it’s annual supplemental draft, which gives prospects who were ineligible for April’s draft to have a shot at being selected by a team. If a team uses a pick in the supplemental draft, it forfeits the pick in the same round in the following year’s draft.
For example, in 2012 the Cleveland Browns used a second-round pick on wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft, which led to them not having a second-round pick in the 2012 draft.
This year, there are six players in the draft. The following prospects available are:
James Boyd, DE, UNLV
Nate Holloway, DT, UNLV
Toby Jackson, DE, Central Florida
DeWayne Peace, WR, Houston
O.J. Ross, WR, Purdue
Damond Smith, DB, South Alabama
Unlike in previous years, there may not be any players selected in the supplemental draft. There are three, however, (Peace, Ross and Smith) who may have a shot at getting selected in a late round, just because of their positional value.
For the Carolina Panthers, it’s unlikely that they use a draft pick in Thursday’s draft, but if they do, a late round pick could be used on either Ross or Smith.
Ross is an athletic slot receiver who caught 56 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns last season for Purdue. The Panthers aren’t in need of a slot receiver, though, as they have receivers such as Armanti Edwards and Joe Adams, two players who thrive in the slot.
One aspect of the current Panthers roster that is lacking is the secondary, which is short of both depth and talent. Smith could be an option, however he didn’t play football in 2012 and played in just four games in 2011 after transferring from Western Michigan to South Alabama.
He reportedly ran in the 4.4 range for his forty-yard dash, and is praised for his physicality.
While it’s a long shot that the Panthers or any NFL team use a draft pick on Thursday, Ross and Smith are two names to keep an eye on.