Get the popcorn ready, the 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft is right around the corner! At 1:00 pm ET today, the NFL will host the 2019 Supplemental Draft for all 32 teams. The supplemental draft is very low-key, and it’s a rare occasion when a player is drafted this time of year.
Kevin Patra of NFL.com broke down how the supplemental draft works:
Each team bids on a player or players using next year’s picks as currency by sending an email to the league declaring what round they would use on said player. The team that lists the highest round wins. If two teams bid the same draft round, then the league uses a three-tiered system based on wins and losses of the previous season to settle the winner.
With just five players eligible to be drafted today, the odds of a tie are very low, but there are two players who do have a chance to be drafted by one of the 32 NFL teams. Will the Cowboys be one of them? The two players who have a chance to have their names emailed in to the league office today are Washington State DB Jalen Thompson and West Virginia WR Marcus Simms. When turning on both Thompson’s and Simms’ tape, it’s easy to see what NFL teams like in both players.
While Jalen Thompson would likely have the best chance to be drafted by the Cowboys due to the position he plays, Thompson lacks the size and length at the defensive back position that DB coach Kris Richard likes to see. Listed at 5’10” 186-lbs, Thompson is on the smaller side of the spectrum, and with only 31 1/4” arms, Thompson’s chances of being drafted by the Cowboys as a corner are not very high. But.... he did play some safety at Washington State, and that is a position the Cowboys could potentially look to add some talent. Thompson’s tape shows a guy who can tackle, cover the entire field, and take the football away. In his three years at Washington State, Thompson had six interceptions (four in 2017), 190 total tackles, and 17 passes defended. If the Cowboys are still looking for a versatile safety that can play all over the field, let’s just say an Xavier Woods clone, Thompson may be a guy they’d consider if the right opportunity presents itself.
To play safety in the NFL, you have to make plays like this.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) July 2, 2019
Jalen Thompson’s read/react skills and athleticism are attractive traits for the next level. pic.twitter.com/YrwHV8eYgR
With as many bodies the Cowboys currently have at WR, the odds are very low that they would consider drafting Marcus Simms out of West Virginia later today, but Jerry Jones has fooled us all before, so let’s break him down as well. Simms is not entering the supplemental draft with a loaded stat sheet, and he didn’t break records at West Virginia. With that being said, there’s a lot to like about his game when healthy and on the field. Like a lot of the receivers at West Virginia, Simms is known for taking the top off of defenses with his speed, ball tracking skills, and athletic traits. At his supplemental draft pro day he weighed in at 5’11”, 188 pounds and averaged a 4.45 50-yard dash time after running three times. Simms ran his three-cone time at 6.91 seconds which would have been one of the top at the wide receiver position at the NFL Scouting Combine back in February. It’s unlikely that the Cowboys spend a pick on Simms with how the WR depth chart currently looks, but there’s no denying his talent, and the impact he could potential make on an NFL team with his skill-set.
Supplemental Draft option Marcus Simms at the top of the screen - ball tracking and acceleration. He’s worthy of a pick, folks pic.twitter.com/oNlccpBMOi— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) July 1, 2019
Would you like to see the Cowboys use a draft-pick on one of these players in the 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft? If so, who?