I actually had a fan ask me the other day why the league teams would have to draft supplements. Shouldn’t they all be allowed to use the same products?
To a certain extent, I can understand the confusion. Usually with the NFL when the subjects of supplements comes up it’s generally because a player has tested positive for some banned substance. And the player always says he was unaware that the supplement he was taking had the red-flagged ingredient.
Coming up on Thursday is the NFL’s Supplemental Draft, designed for players who have lost their college eligibility and were not part of the group available for the annual NFL Draft in April. Generally players end up in this draft because of academic, team or NCAA suspensions, or family considerations that force them to make a late decision to go pro before the end of their college eligibility.
Currently there are six known names available in the draft pool. The most likely to get drafted is Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon (right). And how about this: he’s in the draft because he used a supplement that was banned on the college level.
Actually, it sounds like Jarmon did take something without realizing it was not on the NCAA’s approved list. His record as a person and a student at Kentucky was outstanding and he’s offered to take further drug tests any place, any time. His workout reportedly drew anywhere from 18 to 22 of the league’s 32 teams, which is a pretty good indication there is interest in him.
Out of Shelby County, Tennessee, Jarmon is 6-3, 277 pounds. He played in 38 games at Kentucky, with 130 total tackles, 17.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He missed only one game in his three years in Lexington.
Another guy who might draw some attention is former Kansas State WR Deon Murphy (left). The 23-year old product out of Houston played at Coffeyville Junior College before the 2007-08 seasons in Manhattan. Murphy caught 94 passes for 1,160 yards and 11 TDs, returned 54 punts for 737 yards and 2 TDs and ran 21 times for 135 yards and two TDs. That’s 2,032 all-purpose yards and 15 TDs. He’s 5-10, 170 pounds.
The remaining players that have become public in the supplemental pool are LB Blake Boyd, DE McKinner Dixon, WR Torris Magee, G Joe McMahon and WR Corey Surrency.
Boyd is 6-3, 250 pounds out of Madisonville, Kentucky and played at Western Kentucky. He had 93 career total tackles and two sacks. He’s 22 years old. Academics got him.
Dixon ran into academic problems at Texas Tech for the second time. He played there as a true freshman in 2005, flunked out, went to Cisco Junior College, returned to Lubbock last year, but had problems in the classroom again and was suspended by head coach Mike Leach this spring. Last year he had eight sacks and 33 total tackles for the Tech defense. As a freshman back in ’05, he had 29 tackles and six sacks. He is 6-3, 250 pounds and will be 23 on August 1st. Dixon is out of Lufkin, Texas.
Magee played three seasons at Southern Mississippi, catching 54 passes for 718 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 10 punt returns for 86 yards. Magee played in only five games last season. He’s 6-2, 215 pounds out of Hattiesburg and is just 22 years old.
McMahon is 6-4, 290 pounds out of Central Michigan. He started his college career at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL. After two years there, McMahon first went to Iowa State, but then landed at Central where he sat out the 2007 season. He started 12 games last year, splitting time between center and right guard. McMahon is 22 years old and grew up in Downers Grove, IL and family considerations pushed him to leaving early.
Surrency lost his remaining Division 1 eligibility at Florida State after the NCAA ruled that his participation with a semi-pro team in an indoor football league in Florida came after his 21st birthday. Thus the two years he participated with the Florida Kings in the Southern Indoor Football League erased his last years of eligibility. He’s 6-5, 210 pounds out of Miami and is 24 years old.
The Supplemental Draft works differently than the regular NFL Draft. Teams submit bids on any player they have an interest in selecting. For instance, if they are willing to use a fourth-round choice on Jarmon, they submit that bid to the league office. The team with the highest bid based on round receives the player, losing their choice in that round for the 2010 NFL Draft. If two or more teams submit the same round, the edge goes to the team with the worst record from last season.
If no team makes a bid on a player, then he becomes an immediate free agent, able to sign with any team in the league.
CHIEFS IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT
The Chiefs have used the Supplemental Draft only once, that in 1992 when they selected Florida DE Darren Mickell, giving up their second-round pick in the 1993 NFL Draft. Mickell spent four non-descript seasons with the Chiefs, appearing in 45 games and starting 19 times from 1992-95. He finished with 76 total tackles, 13.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles.
Will the Chiefs be active this week? That’s unlikely given the pool of players available. Remember they are without their seventh-round choice next year, traded on the second-day of the regular draft so they could select TE Jake O’Connell. But they do have an extra second-round choice, picked up in the Tony Gonzalez trade with Atlanta.
Jarmon may attract their interest because of his physical ability. All the teams that attended Jarmon’s workout were not identified, and of course under the current state of locker down for information around the Chiefs, it’s impossible to know if they were there. The Chiefs alsoΒ have a hole in their roster at punt returner and Murphy might be able to fill that spot.
But NFL personnel people tell me they believe Jarmon will be the only player selected on Thursday.
HISTORY OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT
The extra draft started in 1977 and has been held 22 times over the previous 32 years, with a total of 36 players drafted.
The first guy taken was RB Al Hunter of Notre Dame, who Seattle grabbed in 1977, giving up a fourth-round choice.
Overall, there have been eight players drafted with first round picks over the years, including quarterbacks Bernie Kosar, Steve Walsh, Dave Wilson, Timm Rosenbach and Dave Brown. LB Brian Bosworth was a supplemental pick in the first, as was WR Rob Moore.
The most recent players taken in the Supplemental Draft came in 2007, when San Diego used a fourth rounder on CB Paul Oliver and with a fifth-round choice, Baltimore selected OT Jared Gaither. After two seasons, Oliver remains a little used backup, but Gaither moved into the starting lineup last year for the Ravens, replacing the retired Jonathan Ogden at left tackle.
SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY …
Born on July 13, 1977 in Caldwell, Idaho was WR Chris Horn. He joined the Chiefs out of the AL2, indoor football league in 2004. Over two seasons in Kansas City (2004-05), Horn appeared in 28 games, with three starts. He caught 33 passes for 365 yards and a touchdown. He returned seven kickoffs for 75 yards.