2019 Supplemental Draft – Scouting, Rankings, Predictions On All Five Prospects
Five players declared for Wednesday’s (7/10) NFL Supplemental Draft. I did a quick scouting session of their college work, looked at some background material, and their college output on each of them. Here’s what I found…
#5) CB Bryan Perry, St. Francis (ILL)
Solid FCS cover corner. Hard to tell how well he translates to the next level…covering weak WRs in college. He didn’t pop on tape for me. He’s a solid tackler, movements skills were just OK.
I don’t see him as viable to be drafted.
#4) TE Devonaire Clarington, Northland Comm. College
The headlines seem intriguing…a 6’6” guy who might run a 4.6+ 40-time is hiding out in the JUCO ranks, a former Texas commit, and now is declaring for the NFL Supplemental Draft. Plus…cool name, bro. If he were 6’6” TE prospect named Dean Cole…’who cares?’, but Devonaire Clarington…sound majestical, and if you don’t think names and ‘emotions’ don’t have an effect on scouting minds you’re fooling yourself.
I’m sad to report, but not shocked to report, that none of the tease we’re all seeing in the Roto-blurbs is true…not by my eye. I’d suspect Clarington is around 6’4”+ and a skinnier lower body at 240-250 pounds, possibly closer to 240. I didn’t see a 4.6s runner…more like 4.75+.
Watching some tape, I was not impressed. He looks like Kelvin Benjamin playing tight end and doing so at the lower ranks and not really standing out all too much…not like you’d hope for. He does have some very good/promising hands but lacked any explosiveness of domination of the JUCO ranks in the games I watched of him. 48 catches for 916 yards and 11 TDs in his 2018 season isn’t bad, but you’d want a real NFL prospect at the JUCO ranks to look like and have stats like he’s from another planet…but Clarington was just a very good JUCO TE.
A Texas commit who couldn’t make it academically (if I have my details right on that). Transferred to Blinn College and caught one pass in a game and then wound up in the JUCO ranks.
I’d say there’s not a serious NFL prospect here and there’s a 0.0% chance he gets drafted in the Supplemental Draft 2019.
#3) LB Shyeim Cullen, Syracuse
4.68 40-time, 4.26 shuttle
36” vertical, 10’5” broad jump, 20 bench press
Was ruled academically ineligible.
My scouting notes:
Has an NFL body…decent speed, nice burst, thick/strong, but his tape is weak. Barely in/around making any plays (and his 2018 stats back that up). Often guesses wrong on angle to take. Juked by runners way too often, and way too easily. Little/no statistical performance to speak of. Perhaps, you shrink him by 10 pounds and move him to safety?
I just don’t see any great football skills here. No way he gets drafted, but he will get UDFA offers for sure.
#2) WR Marcus Simms, West Virginia
4.45 40-time, 4.19 shuttle, 6.91 three-cone
36” vertical, 10’3” broad jump
Simms is entering the Supplemental Draft because of some not-fully-detailed off-field rule breaking. It’s a shame because he might have been ‘the man’ in West Virginia’s high output passing game in 2019. He was the 3rd-wheel behind Sills-Jennings in 2018.
Simms is a legit, low-end NFL prospect -- we just don’t know how good/high a prospect he is because he was decent-looking on tape in 2018…but he also drew weak coverage hiding behind Sills-Jennings. We don’t know how he’d hold up against the top coverage.
Simms shows NFL movement skills, nice router running, and a toughness after the catch despite a rather thin-framed body. He’s quick off the snap, cuts nicely, and has downfield speed. ‘The look’ is there.
The downside is – I don’t know how seriously Simms takes a pro career. He could’ve been in better shape and worked harder (plays lax too often). He looks like he’s comfortable getting by on his ‘good’ abilities and doesn’t have what it takes for ‘great’.
He’s a legit NFL prospect…maybe a 5th-rounder without issues, but with issues he’s more of a 6th-7th rounder. I bet some team makes a move for him because he has good movement skills and they’ll think they can coach him up, and maybe they can. My guess is 7th-round of the 2019 Supplemental Draft to Miami or Denver.
#1) DB Jalen Thompson, Washington State
31.8” arms, 8.4” hands
4.56 40-time, 4.16 shuttle, 6.98 three-cone
33.5” vertical, 10’4” broad jump
Thompson didn’t overly impress me watching his tape. He played SAF/OLB in the games I watched with some cover corner/safety type work as well.
As an NFL safety prospect…he’s undraftable. Weak tackler – very grabby around the upper body versus a pure form tackler. He tackles like a cornerback.
The reason he’s #1 on the list here, in a weak year of supplemental prospects, is his possibility as a cornerback or slot corner guy. Very good feet, very fluid movements to the ball. Good instincts in coverage. Legit corners are worth more, even as NFL backups, than #4-5 WR types like Marcus Simms projects as today.
Thompson might be as high as a 4th-round prospect as a cornerback hopeful but considering his issues (tested for banned substance) he might be more a 5th-6th-round prospect. I’d project a 5th-round Supplemental pick but he could go as high as a 4th to a team fearing its CB depth going into the season, and if the coach/GM are on the hot seat in 2019 and need to win now. If he falls to the 6th-7th-round or UDFA, then the personal background checks were worse than we know.
Watch for the Bengals here smelling a bargain (so they think) or Washington (desperate for depth).
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