NFL Supplemental Draft 2014 Results: All Teams Pass on 4 Eligible Players

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2014

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Little was expected of Thursday's 2014 NFL supplemental draft, and it delivered in that regard as no players were selected for the second consecutive year.

Rob Rang of shared the news:

The draft, which featured four eligible players, was conducted via email and concluded in mere minutes.

ESPN's Trey Wingo was among those who mocked the minimal impact of the often-forgotten draft:

The supplemental draft lasted for seven rounds with teams having the option to either pass or select a player and forfeit the corresponding pick in the 2015 common draft.   

Per's Mike Huguenin, New Mexico wide receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead were the players available to be picked.

Although none of them were particularly productive at the collegiate level, Ross was viewed as a potential selection due to his size and raw athletic ability. According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, nearly the entire league showed some form of interest in the mammoth lineman:

Ross didn't necessarily have any expectations, but was looking forward to the possibility of being picked, per Ross Jones of

"I'd definitely be excited if I got selected," Ross said. "I know I have to play catch up, but I'm a fast learner. I just want to get to work."

Nothing came to fruition for Ross Thursday, which means that he and the other three eligible prospects are now undrafted free agents who are free to sign with any team.

It isn't particularly surprising that no team opted to lose a 2015 draft pick for one of these players since they all have significant question marks surrounding them. Truth be told, going undrafted may be a blessing in disguise.

That is especially true for Ross, who now has his pick of the litter and seemingly has a great chance to catch on somewhere. As nice as it would have been for these players to say that they got drafted, this is far from the end of the road.


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