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Purdue DT, speedy Canadian WR among six players in NFL supplemental draft

By Andrew Krammer

The Vikings haven’t taken a player in the NFL supplemental draft in 28 years, and the odds are that’s not going to change this year, though there are a few options.

Teams were informed last week of six players declared eligible for the supplemental draft, which will be conducted by email on July 14. To select one of these players, a team must forfeit a matching pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The players include Purdue defensive lineman Ra’Zahn Howard, Sam Houston State running back Jalen Overstreet, Ole Miss defensive back Tee Shepard, Concordia (Alabama) defensive lineman Cameron Walton, receiver Rashaun Simonise from Calgary, Alberta and Virginia Tech long snapper Eddie D’Antuono. They were recently cleared for the supplemental draft because of changes to their eligibility since the NFL Draft in May.

Howard holds the highest profile. He had 47 tackles, four pass deflections and three sacks in 29 games for the Boilermakers, and his 6-foot-3, 325-pound size could intrigue teams. He was a starter last season in Purdue, but left the program this spring following two arrests, one on charges of public intoxication and another for leaving the scene of an accident, as well as for reported academic issues.

On Monday, the Vikings are expected to be among teams checking out Simonise, the speedy Canadian receiver, at his pro day. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Vancouver native recently tested in the 4.4 range and had 11 touchdown grabs last season for the University of Calgary, tying him for the nation’s lead. As a downfield threat, he averaged more than 20 yards per catch.

Simonise said Thursday he’s hoping to run in the 4.3 to 4.4 range next week in front of what could be more than 10 NFL teams.

“I feel like I’m the whole package, so I want to show teams I’m more than what they see on film,” Simonise said. “So I’m hoping to really surprise some teams.

“On my film, it’s a lot of deep routes I run. A lot of people are questioning the fact if I can run the short routes…If my routes are clean and crisp as opposed to running fade routes all day. All they really see is the deep ball. I’m excited to show, in person actually, how I feel I move very well for my size. That’s another factor teams are going to see. I’m more agile than people think.”

While playing last season for Calgary on academic probation, Simonise said a mix-up with lost assignments led to his eligibility being terminated for 2016. Should he go unselected in the supplemental draft, Simonise could be taken in next year’s CFL draft.

“In a perfect world, I’d be able to play my senior season at Calgary,” he added. “I had a little situation in one of my classes where one of my professors had lost over half of my assignments in the class. So I ended up not getting credit for it even though I completed it.”

Only one player has been taken in the supplemental draft since Josh Gordon in 2012. Last year, the Rams used a fifth-round pick on tackle Isaiah Battle. The Vikings haven’t taken part since 1988, when they used a fifth-round pick on South Carolina receiver Ryan Bethea, who did not appear in a game.

Ex-Vikings receiver Cris Carter is the only supplemental pick in the Hall of Fame, entering the league with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987.

The post Purdue DT, speedy Canadian WR among six players in NFL supplemental draft appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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