Every year there is a NFL Supplemental Draft for college players that became ineligible after the draft already occurred. Normally, the supplemental draft comes and goes without much of a mention because it’s rare for a player to be worth considering giving up a draft pick in next year’s draft for to be in it.
The last time the Raiders used a draft pick in the supplemental draft was in 2011 for Terrelle Pryor when Al Davis used a 3rd round pick to acquire the then quarterback. The next year the Browns used a 2nd round pick to grab wide receiver Josh Gordon, and then in 2015 the Rams took offensive lineman Isiah Battle (now with Seattle) with a 5th round pick. Those 3 are the only players taken in the supplemental draft since 2011.
There could be another player added to the list this year though. He is former Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander. After being ruled ruled academically ineligible for this year’s college football season, he is entering the supplemental draft.
Alexander is a raw talent but is a physically impressive 6’3, 200-pound cornerback with decent production in his college career. He played in 34 games, putting up 125 tackles (92 solo), 7 interceptions, and 17 passes defended.
He is clearly talented enough that he could have entered the regular draft earlier this year. If he had, he probably would have been drafted, which is why many believe he will be picked in the supplemental draft now. According to CBS he is expected to have a 5th-7th round pick used on him, here’s what their scouting report had to say.
Very tall, somewhat lanky outside, man-to-man cornerback with some experience breaking on the ball in zone. His 2016 film was considerably better than 2017. Last season, he was often fooled by double moves and wasn’t as fast downfield as he was the previous season. Average change-of-direction skills. Flashes good run-support willingness but not consistent in that area. The same goes for his motor. Length will allow him to get his hands on some passes when there’s separation. Will struggle with faster and/or quicker wide receivers at the next level.
Alexander didn’t end up entering the draft because he wanted to chase a championship and fulfill his promise to his parents to graduate. Graduating was something that was made much harder by his poor grades and him dropping 3 classes instead of failing them as a freshman which led to him being put on academic suspension. That meant he needed to maintain a 3.0 average while taking 16 to 17 credits, something he was apparently not able to do.
”I thought I was untouchable, doing stuff I wasn’t supposed to do,” Alexander told Tom Pelissero of NFL.com, “but as I got older, I realized the other opportunity that I was messing up. Back then, I was probably a more in-the-moment guy. I didn’t really look ahead. But I can honestly say as I mature, I begin to think about my future before I make a decision.”
One of the things he wasn’t supposed to do was being caught with marijuana in 2016 which got him suspended for the first game of the year, and then he broke team rules that got him suspended for the first 2 games in 2017. There are certainly red flags here, but he also showed class in his farewell message to the Hokies fans.
What do you think Raider Nation? Should the Raiders be one of the teams to throw their hat into the ring for Adonis Alexander’s services? Vote in the poll below.
Should the Raiders use a 2019 draft pick in the supplemental draft on Adonis Alexander?
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Yes, we’d get one of next year’s draft picks to use now
No, we’d be better off keeping the pick until next year’s draft