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July 02, 2019

Should the Eagles have interest in any players in the 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft?

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West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms

No, probably not. That's the short answer, and thanks for clicking.

The NFL Supplemental Draft occurs around this time every year for players whose circumstances changed their college football eligibility since the main NFL Draft. For example, in 2012, a notable player taken in the supplemental draft was WR Josh Gordon, who failed a drug test at Baylor and was dismissed from the team. The Eagles found perhaps the best supplemental draft pick of all-time in 1987, when they nabbed Cris Carter in the 4th round. 

To note, the supplemental draft goes round-by-round, and teams lose a draft pick in the corresponding round of the following year's regular draft if they bid on, and are awarded, a player. In other words, when the Browns selected Gordon in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, they lost their second round pick in the regular 2013 NFL Draft. Got it? OK.

Anyway, there are currently four players entering this year's supplemental draft, at least one of whom the Eagles watched work out:

• Jalen Thompson, S, Washington State: If the Eagles were to have interest in a player in the 2019 supplemental draft, it would probably be Thompson, as the Birds don't have much in the way of young safeties in the pipeline. Additionally, Jim Schwartz likes his safeties to have corner experience in their background, and Thompson has that, having played his share of nickel corner at WSU. A highlight reel:

His numbers:

Jalen Thompson Tackles (TFL) INT FF-FR PBU 
2016 51 (3) 1-1 
2017 73 (5.5) 0-3 
2018 66 (3) 1-1 
 TOTAL190 (11.5) 1-5 17 

Thompson would likely be a deep safety in the Rodney McLeod role for the Eagles in Schwartz's scheme. He seems to have good speed and range, but is undersized and clearly a drag-down tackler. 

Still, without a lot of room on the roster, the Eagles would likely rather just keep all of their 2020 draft picks. Not to mention, they'd be way down on the priority order if multiple teams put in bids on him, seeing as they made the playoffs last year.

Marcus Simms, WR, West Virginia: In Simms' three seasons at West Virginia, he had 87 catches for 1,457 yards (16.7 YPC) and 8 TDs. Here's how that broke down by season: 

 Marcus SimmsRec Yards YPC TD 
 201695 15.8 
 201735 663 18.9 
 201846 699 15.2 
 TOTAL87 1,457 16.7 

His college career followed a similar trajectory of 2017 Eagles fifth-round pick Shelton Gibson, in that he didn't play much as a freshman, but then became something of a deep threat as a sophomore and junior. Here were Gibson's stats at West Virginia.

Shelton Gibson Rec Yards YPC TD 
 201460 15.0 
 201537 887 24.0 
 201643 951 22.1 
 TOTAL84 1,898 22.6 17 

In other words, Simms could be viewed as something of a poor man's Gibson, but with off-field baggage. Woot!

Simms reportedly measured in at 6-foot, 188 at his pro day, with 40 times of 4.49, 4.45 and 4.40, according to Tony Pauline of A highlight reel:

The Eagles were one of 16 teams with representation at Simms' workout, which occurred in Maryland, per Pauline's report. That's a short drive for a scout, so why not send one? If he goes undrafted, I could see the Eagles trying to bring him in to camp to replace a player on the 90-man roster with no upside and zero chance of making the team.

• Shyheim Cullen, LB, Syracuse: Undersized linebacker at 6-foot, 224 pounds, with just 43 career tackles. He's not getting drafted.

• Devonaire Clarington, TE, Northland Community College: Coming out of high school (he apparently attended three high schools), Clarington was a four-star recruit (ninth TE in the nation) with 24 offers, per He committed to Texas, but after academic issues stunted his football career there, he landed at Blinn Junior College, before moving on to Northland Community College in Minnesota, according to PFT. Again, nobody is using a pick on this guy.

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