The St. Louis Rams selected Clemson OT Isaiah Battle with the No. 8 overall pick of the fifth-round in this year’s Supplemental draft.
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) July 9, 2015
Battle becomes the first player taken in a Supplemental Draft since the Browns used a second-round pick on Josh Gordon back in 2012.
Recent reports had said that some teams gave Battle as high as a third-round grade, but off-the-field concerns likely led to him dropping to the fifth-round.
The Rams have placed a major emphasis on improving their offensive line this year now that they’ve used a second-, third-, fourth-, 2016 fifth- and sixth-round pick on an offensive lineman.
26 NFL teams were on hand for Battle’s Pro Day on Tuesday, and the Eagles, Falcons, Dolphins, Giants and Jets all come up as speculative options landing spots for him in the weeks leading up to today’s draft.
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.