Four players will are eligible for Thursday's NFL Supplemental Draft: New Mexico wide receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead. The Supplemental Draft is a silent-auction format, with the winning bigger giving up one of their draft picks in next year's Draft.
Here, I've ranked them in likelihood that the Seahawks will have any remote interest.
RB Traylon Shead: 6'2, 240
Per NFL.com's scouting report on Shead, he:
"...signed with Texas out of high school in 2010. He was a consensus top-15 running back nationally out of tiny Cayuga (Texas) High, where he set a state high school record for career TDs (141) and was second all-time in state history in rushing yards (10,291). He signed with Texas in February 2010, redshirted that fall, then played sparingly in 2011 (five games, no carries). He transferred to Navarro College in 2012, where he rushed for 1,194 yards and 17 touchdowns, then signed with SMU in December 2012. He was expected to start for the Mustangs last season, but injuries and mediocre play kept him on the bench."
Rob Rang says of Shead:
"Shead is the most high profile prospect of the 2014 Supplemental class. He was an all-everything running back recruit from a small town 90 minutes outside of Dallas and was viewed as one of the top prep players in the nation after setting several state rushing records. He arrived in Austin at Texas as a ballyhooed recruit, but struggled to fit in, redshirting in 2010 and deciding to transfer midway through the 2011 season. Shead spent the 2012 season at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas before transferring again closer to home at SMU. In 2013 with the Mustangs, he played in four games and finished fourth on the team in rushing with 197 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Shead battled several injuries last season as a junior, including a sprained left knee in the 2013 season opener, but he was expected to battle for the starting SMU running back job in 2014 before deciding to enter the Supplemental Draft."
The Hawks were one of nine teams in attendance at Shead's pro day recently, and he certainly fits the profile as a "Seahawky" type of back with great size and a physical downhill style. He's the type of back that keeps his feet churning when he hits the pile and while he's not necessarily exciting in the open field, Seattle does like that bruiser/sustainer type as depth pieces, as evidenced by some of the backs they've had in camp over the years.
DT Lakendrick Ross, Virginia-Lynchburg: 6'5, 360 -
I could see the Seahawks liking Ross as well (and per Damond Talbot, they called about him) in sort of that Red Bryant vein as a long, powerful inside-outside type of defensive lineman. In a "planet theory" type of perspective, there aren't many athletic human beings that are 6'5, 360 pounds. He also has gotten through a troubled upbringing, the type of character that Seattle's scouting department has seemed to place a premium on.
"Boasting a startling combination of size, strength (reportedly lifted 225 pounds 46 times during a recent workout) and athleticism, Ross is precisely the type of diamond in the rough prospect that sends scouts scurrying across the country to investigate. He earned interest from D-I schools out of high school and signed with Morgan State but academics pushed him to Virginia-Lynchburg. He only played one season (2012) before academics pushed him off the field again but he turned heads, recording 19 tackles, including five tackles for loss and four sacks in just six games.
Ross had a tough upbringing. His mother passed away when he was 10 and with his biological father out of the picture, Ross bounced around through foster homes. His tape reveals a very raw prospect with almost no hand technique or understanding of leverage. Ross' natural tools and tough-luck story, however, were enough to reportedly convince 14 teams to a Pro Day workout, so a selection is possible."
WR Chase Clayton, New Mexico: 6'2, 202 -
Clayton didn't do much as a receiver in school but he did average over 30 yards per kickoff return. This alone may make him intriguing to the Seahawks.
LB Darius Lipford, North Carolina: 6'3, 255 -
Rang says that Lipford is "a fluid, explosive athlete with clear upside and therefore could warrant a late round selection if teams are comfortable with his medical report."