In one week, on July 9, the 2015 NFL Supplemental Draft will be held. Each year, with basically nothing else going on in the world of the NFL, the Supplemental Draft generates headlines simply because it could provide some news, but rarely anything notable actually happens during this event.
This is especially true for the Detroit Lions. They haven't made a pick in the Supplemental Draft since they took defensive back Kevin Robinson back in 1982. To show how long ago that was, the Lions actually gave up a ninth-round pick to take him -- yes, there were more than seven rounds back then.
This year, according to Pro Football Talk, the following players are believed to be eligible for the Supplemental Draft:
- WR/KR Adrian Wilkins (North Carolina Central)
- OT Isaiah Battle (Clemson)
- DE Darrius Caldwell (West Georgia)
- DT Dalvon Stuckey (West Georgia)
If anybody is going to be selected this year, chances are it will be Battle. I say that because he appears to have quite a bit of upside:
#Clemson LT Isaiah Battle to Supplemental Draft..Am told he was ranked #2 OT among SRs behind Ronnie Stanley by a major NFL scouting bureau.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 25, 2015
Given the current uncertainty surrounding the right tackle position for the Lions, might it be worthwhile for them to submit a pick for Battle? There's no guarantee they will actually get him considering another team could "outbid" them, but it would be nice to have a player with his potential at the tackle position both in the short and long term.
Then again, given why Battle is in the Supplemental Draft in the first place and considering the Lions just drafted Corey Robinson in the seventh round this year, perhaps the Lions would simply be better off holding on to their remaining picks in the 2016 draft. At this stage in the offseason, Battle would be coming in behind the rest of the Lions' rookies, and it would likely be tough for him to make any immediate contributions.
What do you think? Should the Lions try to land a player in this year's Supplemental Draft?