Draft News: Jalen Thompson Enters the Supplemental Draft and More

Draft News

It has been a while since my last post. Since I wrapped up the previews of the QB position, real life has gotten in the way. However, there have been some prominent draft news items that we need to discuss. So, let’s break it all down.

WAZZU SAFETY JALEN THOMPSON ENTERS THE SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT

Washington State senior safety Jalen Thompson has entered the 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft. Thompson was declared ineligible by the NCAA. He reportedly tested positive for an over-the-counter, non-steroid, supplement.

Thompson finished 2018 with 66 tackles, two interceptions, and eight passes defensed. I expected him to be one of the higher ranked at his position entering the season. Thompson can play safety or slot corner. It would not surprise me if a team uses a third-round pick on him.

THREE OTHERS ALSO ENTERED THE SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT

Thompson isn’t the only entry into the NFL’s bonus draft. Three lesser known talents have also tossed their hats into the ring.

West Virginia WR Marcus Simms, Syracuse LB Shyheim Cullen, and Northland CC tight end Devonaire Clarington have also declared.

Simms probably has the best chance of being selected of the three. The 6’ 194-pound receiver has 87 receptions, 1457 yards, and eight touchdowns over his Mountaineer career. He is also a return specialist. Cullen has 43 career tackles and 1 sack.

Clarington is an interesting case. He is 6’7” and 230 pounds. He flunked out of Texas. Northland was actually his second community college. Clarington notched 48 receptions for 916 yards and 11 TDs this past season.

The 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft is expected to take place on July 10th.

BENTLEY SHINES AT MANNING CAMP

South Carolina senior QB Jake Bentley won the Air it Out Challenge at the annual Manning Passing Academy. Bentley outclassed Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Kelly Bryant (Missouri), and Justin Herbert (Oregon). He knocked off App State’s Zac Thomas in the finals.

Does this ultimately mean anything of significance? Maybe…Maybe not. Per a source at the MPA, while he was just throwing against air, Bentley did say he worked on his footwork and throwing the ball more on balance. This will be the key to South Carolina having a successful season and Bentley earning a draftable grade.

GEORGIA TOP WR DISMISSED

Georgia junior WR Jeremiah Holloman was dismissed from Georgia following an allegation of assault. He has since entered the NCAA transfer portal. Holloman wasn’t on my initial watch list. However, he was the Bulldog’s leading returning receiver. That honor now falls on junior RB D’Andre Swift. Look for Miami (FL) transfer Lawrence Cager and former Cal transfer Demetris Robertson to make an attempt to pick up the slack.

Image courtesy of AP/Young Kwak