Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report spoke to one NFL general manager who mentioned that they have a third-round grade on Clemson OT Isaiah Battle.
However, the GM added that Battle could be lucky to come off the board during the fourth-round of today’s Supplemental Draft.
“I wouldn’t touch him,” the GM said.
After watching his tape, Daniel Jeremiah gave Battle a third-round grade. However, this doesn’t factor in any of his off-the-field issues, which has scared some people, according to Jeremiah.
Lance Zierlein mentions that Battle should be selected in the fourth-round if the Supplemental draft is actually an extension to the NFL Draft.
Battle reportedly had a “good, not great” Pro Day this week, according to Jason Cole.
There are believed to be six teams around the NFL who are currently interested in the supplemental draft prospect.
According to Cole, Battle projects to be a right tackle, but there is at least a chance he could play left tackle at the next level. Cole mentions Chargers RT D.J. Fluker as an NFL comparison for Battle.
Some around the league consider Battle’s off-the-field issues to be “significant” and could lead to him dropping to the fifth- or sixth-round of the draft.
Recent reports mentioned that 26 NFL teams were on hand for Battle’s Pro Day on Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see where he goes.
For what it’s worth, the Eagles, Falcons, Dolphins, Giants and Jets have all come up as speculative options for Battle.
During his time at Clemson, Battle appeared in 27 games and received 16 starts.
He was suspended in 2013 for punching a player, and was suspended a second time last season for disciplinary reasons. Battle was also pulled over for speeding in early June and caught with marijuana. He received citations for both incidents, but wasn’t not charged or arrested in either case.
The 2015 Supplemental Draft class also consists of six other prospects: Houston DE Eric Eiland, UConn TE Sean McQuillan, Kansas DB Kevin Short, West Georgia DT Dalvon Stuckey, West Georgia DE Darrius Caldwell, and North Carolina Central WR Adrian Wilkins.