A new name emerges for the 2019 Supplemental NFL Draft.
The Tennessee Titans crushed the 2019 NFL Draft, but draft season isn’t officially over yet.
For those of us still clinging to what remains of draft season, July is the bastion of hope that gets us through the post OTA desert. July (10th) of course is when the 2019 Supplemental Draft will be, and over the last few years there have been some pretty decent prospects.
Last year the Giants gave up a future 3rd round pick for Sam Beal. Even though he got hurt and missed the 2018 season, it still shows that there could be more talent in these drafts going forward.
Before now, only one name had officially declared for the 2019 Supplemental NFL Draft and that was Marcus Simms. I wrote about why he could fit with the Tennessee Titans if they wanted to throw a 7th his way, knowing that teams liked him as a late rounder this year.
The next name to declare may not be quite as exciting, but at least it is at a position where you could see a team like the Titans take a flier on a guy after the draft. The player is former Syracuse linebacker Shy Cullen:
Last year as a rotational player and as a starter for a brief stretch, Cullen racked up 31 tackles including 3 TFLs and a sack.
Those aren’t great numbers, but that isn’t exactly where he shined. In their career overview of Cullen, Syracuse’s website described him like this:
"“Valuable special teams player throughout his time at Syracuse and emerged as an important contributor at strong-side linebacker as a junior … … In 36 games from 2016-18, logged 43 tackles (24 solo), three tackles for loss, one sack and two fumble recoveries … Posted 17 tackles on special teams … Led the Orange in special teams tackles in two out of his three seasons.”"
Clearly he is going to have to make a roster as a special teams ace, but the weird thing is that he actually return
ed 4 kicks in his career which just stands out as odd to me.
On that staff you also have Dean Pees who helped develop Vrabel into a starter from a special teams player. Also, Tyrone McKenzie spent his career fighting for a position on rosters after an injury his rookie year and he started his coaching career as a special teams assistant.
So just to recap, I wouldn’t draft him but he is a name that you might want to get familiar with before July 10th.