NFL Supplemental Draft: Giants Will Most Likely Pass

The NFL will hold a supplemental draft this Thursday at 1pm to give teams an early shot at six players whose college eligibility ran out after the NFL Draft in April.

Those players are….From CBSSports.com:

DE James Boyd, UNLV
DT Nate Holloway, UNLV
DE Toby Jackson, Central Florida
WR DeWayne Peace, Houston
WR O.J. Ross, Purdue 
DB Damond Smith, South Alabama

The two most prominent players are the receivers Peace and Ross, who combined for 110 passes for 1,057 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 and were being counted on by their collegiate teams to produce even more as seniors.

The Giants aren’t in the market for wideouts, so they probably won’t want to forfeit a draft pick to claim either of these two WRs at this time. The others probably don’t excite them, either, so it if they do put in a bid for anyone it will be for a mid-to-late rounder.

The Giants have used supplemental drafts to acquire players in the past. In 1992, they surrendered their 1993 first-rounder for Duke QB Dave Brown. In 1994, they took Louisiana-Monroe DB Tito Wooten in the fourth round.

The Brown choice, made by then-GM George Young, has stuck in Giant fans’ craw for posterity. Brown was average at best, even under Dan Reeves and Jim Fassel, only tossing 40 TDs in 57 games.

Young saw the forfeiture of the first-round pick as worth the risk. The Giants were in need of a young QB to build around, and with the upcoming draft not lining up as a deep one, Young leapt at the chance to get a quality QB such as Brown. It turned out to be a misfire. Young did, however, strike gold in the 1993 draft, selecting DE Michael Strahan in Round Two and LB Jesse Armstead in Round Seven.

Wooten was a very serviceable DB, amassing 221 tackles in his five years in Blue. In 1997, he had 5 INTs for 146 return yards. One of those INTs went for a 61 yard TD. in 1998, Wooten recorded three sacks.