Rams choose Battle as lone selection in supplemental draft


One player was taken in this year's supplemental NFL draft, which is more than can be said for either of the previous two. 

The Rams selected Clemson tackle Isaiah Battle with their fifth-round choice in the supplemental draft, meaning they will lose their fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. It was the first time a player was selected in the supplemental draft since the Browns sacrificed a fourth-round pick to select receiver Josh Gordon in 2012. 

None of the other six eligible players -- West Georgia defensive end Darrius Caldwell, West Georgia defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, Houston defensive end Eric Eiland, UConn tight end Sean McQuillan, Kansas defensive back Kevin Short and North Carolina Central wide receiver/kick returner Adrian Wilkins -- were drafted on Thursday, meaning that they'll become rookie free agents.

Battle's pre-draft workout drew a crowd on Tuesday. He ran two 40-yard dashes (5.21 seconds, 5.29 seconds), put up 12 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press, and he measured in at 6-foot-6, 312 pounds.

Battle started 11 games last season for the Tigers and declared for the supplemental draft last month, citing family reasons. 

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