Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Supplemental Draft: Should the Baltimore Ravens bid on anyone?

Supplemental Draft: Should the Baltimore Ravens bid on anyone?

Keep in mind the team also ignored the compensatory process for next year already and shouldn't have extra picks, so they won't be as comfortable sacrificing a pick this summer.

The WSU defensive back acted quickly to hire agent Brad Cicala and on Monday held a workout for 26 National Football League teams, including the Cardinals and a handful of other teams who were reportedly interesting in spending a Supplemental Draft pick on Thompson. Nearly always however, a player enters the Supplemental Draft because he has academic or disciplinary issues.

The Chiefs did not place a bid on Simms, who they visited with prior to the supplemental draft.

The Cleveland Browns come to mind as a possible landing spot for Thompson in Wednesday's supplemental draft, as his size and versatility seem to fit what they have been looking for in the secondary. But for now, the Vikings still haven't selected a player from the supplemental draft since 1988. Teams can bid on these players using draft picks from the following year.

Thompson and Simms are expected to be drafted, with Thompson mocked in the 3rd-5th round and Simms in the 5th-7th.

The other player that the 'Skins could have considered was West Virginia receiver Marcus Simms.

Simms had reportedly been given a draftable grade after three seasons at West Virginia, but was not anticipated to be selected due to character concerns. In 1989, they took another Washington State product - quarterback Timm Rosenbach - in the first round of the supplemental draft. The Raiders could be interested despite the red flags. Dwayne Harris played really well for the Raiders in 2018, but it's always good to have a speedy backup option.

The top prospect available to be drafted in the Supplemental Draft Wednesday was former Washington State safety Jalen Thompson.

Essentially, they are using the pick nearly a year early. Interestingly, the Cards just drafted safety Deionte Thompson out of Alabama in the fifth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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