A pair of former UNLV defensive lineman and two productive wide receivers headline a group of six players eligible for the NFL's 2013 supplemental draft, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com and CBSSports.com reports.
Players available in the supplemental draft are those who were eligible, but did not declare for the entry draft and have lost their eligibility for the upcoming college season. This year's supplemental draft will take place via e-mail and will begin at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 11.
According to Rang, NFL teams were informed over the weekend that Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross, Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson, UNLV defensive end James Boyd and defensive tackle Nate Holloway and South Alabama defensive back Damond Smith are the players who will comprise this year's supplemental draft class.
Despite missing three games, Peace, listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, led the Cougars with 54 receptions for 603 yards in 2012, but was ruled academically ineligible and was removed from the team in June. Ross, listed a 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, led the Boilermakers with 56 receptions in 2012 and finished his college career with 100 receptions for 959 yards and six touchdowns before he was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Ross was previously suspended for a bowl game due to academics.
On the defensive side, Smith might be an intriguing prospect. The 5-foot-11, 181-pound cornerback began his career at Western Michigan before transferring to South Alabama, where he got into a fight with a teammate and was suspended for violating team rules. Smith was invited to tryout for the Green Bay Packers following the 2013 entry draft, but the NFL ruled that he was eligible for the supplemental draft.
Boyd began his college career as an "athlete" at USC, playing quarterback, tight end and defensive end before moving on to a junior college and then to UNLV last season. In eight games at UNLV, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Boyd had 21 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, with two sacks (one full sack against Washington State, two split sacks against Northern Arizona) and had seven passes defensed. Teams looking for a pass rush project might be intrigued by Boyd's athleticism.
Holloway is a 365-pound run-stuffer who had 28 tackles in 25 games over the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Holloway had academic issues during his UNLV career and left the program in June. Jackson is a 6-foot-5, 257-pound defensive end who had 14 tackles in nine games during the 2011 season, but was academically ineligible in 2012.
There have been 42 players selected in supplemental drafts, including 11 players in the last 10 years. Since 2002, there have only been one supplemental draft (2004) where no player was selected (the event was not held in 2008 as there were no eligible players). Active supplemental draft choices include San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, free agent left tackle Jared Gaither, Chicago Bears running back Harvey Unga, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, who is awaiting trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge.