Three more players added to supplemental draft
The NFL has added three more players to its supplemental draft, raising to seven the number of prospects available to teams in the Thursday summertime lottery.
Of the three additions, the prospect who arguably has the best chance of being selected is North Carolina State running back/wide receiver Richard Washington, who was dismissed from the Wolfpack program in February 2005 and did not play at any college last season. The other players accepted into the supplemental draft were Texas defensive tackle Marco Martin and Connecticut offensive lineman Craig Berry.
Those three join Texas fullback Ahmard Hall and linebackers Ahmad Brooks of Virginia, Jason Berryman of Iowa State and David Dixon of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
Brooks remains the one player of the group all but certain to be selected.
Washington is an undersized (5-foot-11, 166 pounds) offensive utility player who lacks top-end speed, but who might be able to make a roster as a fourth or fifth receiver and special-teams player. In two college seasons, Washington caught 73 passes for 848 yards and eight touchdowns. Washington also carried 12 times for 133 yards and returned one punt for six yards.
While he plays a little faster than his pedestrian stopwatch speeds, Washington's lack of explosiveness is a concern to scouts. But he does have solid enough receiving skills. Washington was ineligible his freshman season, so has only played in two of the last four years.
At 6-6, 324 pounds, Berry has good size but his footwork his reportedly suspect and he needs work on blocking techniques. He played in 29 games in three seasons, starting at right guard in 2004 and then right tackle in 2005.
A highly-recruited player in high school, Martin had a difficult time getting onto the field for the talented Longhorns defense and he also suffered from weight issues.
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