Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Packers Pass on Making Pick in NFL Supplemental Draft

Packers Pass on Making Pick in NFL Supplemental Draft

Another note from the supplemental draft is that wide receiver Marcus Simms, who went undrafted, is signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Pelissero.

It isn't a bad thing that the Chiefs didn't end up with a new player via the supplemental draft.

If you're unaware, the supplemental draft exists for college underclassmen who become ineligible to return to college and decide to go to the National Football League after the deadline to declare passes. On the other hand, they really seem to covet players like Thompson. Many speculated that Thompson could be had with a fourth or fifth-round pick and that proved to be correct.

The West Virginia wide receiver went unselected during Wednesday's NFL Supplemental Draft.

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Viewed as the best prospect in the supplemental draft, Thompson was widely expected to be taken in the later rounds after compiling 190 tackles, 11 sacks, six interceptions, 17 passes defended and two forced fumbles in three seasons at WSU. So, if two teams place a bid on one of the eligible players in Round 5, let's say, the team higher in the draft order would get the rights to that player. It remains to be seen if there's pro bowl level talent that will come out of this year's class, but it's always a possibility.

Simms had reportedly been given a draftable grade after three seasons at West Virginia, but was not anticipated to be selected due to character concerns.

Simms was the first prospect to announce he was entering the supplemental draft in June. The Raiders could be interested despite the red flags. Per NFL rules, the Cardinals will forfeit their fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft next April. The Arizona Cardinals selected safety Jalen Thompson out of Washington State. But the Packers have been aggressive in overhauling their defense since the regular season ended, and clearly think enough of Thompson to use a pick on him even if he's unlikely to earn significant playing time this season.

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