Patriots & supplemental draft

The NFL holds its supplemental draft on Thursday, July 11 and as Rob Rang of CBSSports.com reported, there are six players eligible:

Defensive end James Boyd (UNLV)

Defensive tackle Nate Holloway (UNLV)

Defensive end Toby Jackson (Central Florida)

Wide receiver DeWayne Peace (Houston)

Wide receiver O.J. Ross (Purdue)

Defensive back Damond Smith (South Alabama)

Rang provides detail on the six players in his CBSSports.com article, and as is usually the case with the supplemental draft, the players come with some off-field questions.

If a team is interested, it would assign a round to the player (e.g. Cleveland put a second-round assignment on receiver Josh Gordon last year and was awarded him because no one "bid" more). If the team is awarded the player, it loses that corresponding draft pick the next year.

In Bill Belichick's 13 years as head coach, the Patriots have never been awarded a player in the supplemental draft. The last time the Patriots made a supplemental draft pick was in 1999, with Arizona State defensive back J'Juan Cherry (not to be confused with special teamer Je'Rod Cherry). J'Juan Cherry never played in a regular-season game for the Patriots.

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: It would be a surprise if the Patriots use a selection in the 2013 supplemental draft. The Patriots have their full complement of draft picks in 2014 and it's hard to imagine they would be willing to give one of them up for a player who wouldn't be a guarantee to make the roster, and already would be well behind the pace after missing spring camps. A more likely scenario would be signing one of the players as a free agent if he goes undrafted, assuming there was even that level of interest. That's what happened in 2007 when Chris Patrick, an offensive lineman from Nebraska who entered the NFL via the supplemental draft, wasn't selected. Patrick initially signed with the Giants before making a brief training camp stop with the Patriots.