Jason Cole reports that supplemental draft prospect Isaiah Battle received second- and third-round grades from a lot of NFL teams.
However, he wound up dropping to the fifth-round in yesterday’s draft due off-the-field issues including a marijuana citation.
Battle was taken by the Rams, who are continuing to rebuild their offensive line with young players to build around moving forward.
Cole mentions that Battle had a “good, not great” workout in lead up to the Supplemental Draft, so he’ll still need to work on getting himself into better physical shape.
Cole also points out that Rams HC Jeff Fisher has had success in the past working with players who have had off-the-field issues, so this really could be a good landing spot for him.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported yesterday that the Rams plan approach Battle as though this is his final college year.
Battle will spend the offseason with the Rams and then, essentially, start his rookie season in 2016.
Battle played in 27 career games and started 11 contests last season while playing more snaps than any other Clemson player (824).
During time at Clemson, Battle served a suspension in 2013 for punching a player, and another 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.