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July 08, 2017

Should the Eagles have interest in any supplemental draft players?

No. 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 two players entering this year's supplemental draft:

Try to contain your excitement.

Rodgers is a 5'9, 175-pound running back, which is about the same size as 2017 fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey. In 2015, Rodgers had 217 carries for 1283 yards and 10 TDs. He also chipped in 61 catches for 638 yards and 4 TDs. He did not play in 2016.

The Eagles have accumulated a number of smaller backs with receiving ability, but Rodgers is not anywhere remotely close to the kind of prospect that Pumphrey was.

Like Rodgers, Bingham did not play in 2016. He is a 6'4, 290-pound DE who is probably even less likely to be selected than Rodgers.

My official Eagles-only 2017 Supplemental Pick mock draft:

• Round 1: Pass
• Round 2: They don't have a second-round pick in 2018.
• Round 3: Pass
• Round 4: Pass
• Round 5: Pass
• Round 6: Pass
• Round 7: Pass

Yes, we are very deep into the dead period of the NFL calendar.

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