Eugene and Cirrincione not expected to be drafted


Add two more players, safety Hiram Eugene and kicker Vinny Cirrincione, to the pool of prospects available in Thursday's supplemental draft. The two were officially cleared this week by the NFL, raising to nine the number of players in the special-cases lottery.

They join Southern California defensive tackle Manuel Wright, wide receivers Roscoe Crosby of Clemson and Agim Shabaj of Michigan State, Toledo defensive end Jerome Walker, Nevada Las-Vegas cornerback Charles Ealy and tailbacks Vashon Pearson of Mississippi and Ivory McCann of Texas Tech.

The NFL does not confirm the number of players, or their identities, for the supplemental draft. The pool is believed to be limited, though, to these nine prospects.

As a backup safety and nickel defender at Louisiana Tech in 2004, Eugene appeared in 12 games and posted 29 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed. Eugene, who played two seasons at Pearl River (Miss.) Community College before transferring to Louisiana Tech, was declared academically ineligible for 2005. Eugene, 24, considered transferring to Nicholls State but apparently would not have been eligible there, either, so opted to apply for the supplemental draft.

Cirrincione, 22, is a native of Sicily who did not attend college but who recently kicked with the Albany Conquest of the arenafootball2 league. Cirrincione, who worked out for the Buffalo Bills earlier this year, is said to have a strong leg, as indicated by the 56-yard field goal he converted for Albany. Converted just nine of 29 field goal tries in his rookie season with the Conquest.

Both Eugene and Cirrincione are expected to go undrafted in Thursday's draft.

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