Supplemental Draft Approaching

Ravens not likely to spend a pick on this year’s Supplemental Draft.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 11:02 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

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The Ravens’ roster could undergo another change with the NFL Supplemental Draft coming on Thursday.

But based on who is available and their positions, it seems unlikely for Baltimore to enter the fray for the second time in franchise history. The Ravens are sitting pretty at running back, H-back and defensive tackle at this point, the positions prospects play.

Baltimore would have to highly value a supplemental prospect, considering a spent selection costs a corresponding pick in the following year’s primary draft.  Teams must submit a bid to the league with the round in which they would be selecting a player before the draft, and the team with the richest bid is awarded the player.

Jared Gaither represents the Ravens’ only foray into the secondary draft.  The 2007 fifth-round selection has developed from a raw University of Maryland product into regular NFL starter.

Here is a look at some prospects:

RB Harvey Unga, BYU
The player pundits believe has the best chance to repeat Gaither’s supplemental success is Brigham Young running back Harvey Unga, a 6-foot-1, 245-pound battering ram who tallied 3,455 rushing yards in his prolific collegiate career.

Unga, who also boasts 45-career touchdowns, left school early for what a BYU press release stated was personal reasons and an infraction of the school’s honor code.

It has since been widely accepted that his voluntary withdrawal had to do with BYU basketball player Keiliani Moeaki, who recently gave birth to the couple’s first son. BYU students must abstain from premarital sexual relations. Unga said they are planning on marrying soon.

“I harbor no ill feelings,” Unga told reporters at a workout for 20 NFL teams. “I take responsibility for my actions and I made a mistake. I must pay for those mistakes and I still consider myself a Cougar and wish only the best for the guys, the team and coaches. But I will miss being with them.”

BYU’s all-time leading rusher performed well at his workout, timing at 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash on artificial turf, according to one report.  He bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times, had a standing vertical jump of 35 inches and a 9-foot-6-inch standing broad jump.

DT Josh Price-Brent, Illinois
Illinois defensive tackle Josh Price-Brent could be another supplemental sleeper.  At 6-foot-2, 321 pounds, he is a run-stopping force.

As a junior last year, he recorded 29 tackles, seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage and forced three fumbles.

Price-Brent declared for the supplemental draft because he was declared academically ineligible. During a workout last week, he sprinted 5.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He did 22 reps on the bench press and had a 29-inch vertical jump, an eight-foot, 10-inch broad jump and finished the three-cone drill in 7.71 seconds.

WR/TE/FB Vaness Emokpae, Truman State
Truman State’s Vaness Emokpae is also intriguing.  A multi-talented threat, Emokpae played every position on offense except line, filling in as quarterback in the Wildcat.  He also returned kickoffs, and during his junior year, he even punted.  Emokpae has already graduated and is opting to take a shot at the NFL instead of returning for a fifth season.

RB Quentin Castille, Northwestern State
Northwestern State running back Quentin Castille also entered his name to the pool.  He spent two years at Nebraska before being dismissed for violating team rules, then rushed 107 times for 349 yards and a touchdown for the Demons in 2009.

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