Nebraska offensive lineman Chris Patrick made public his intention to enter the supplemental draft prior to the start of April's draft. The left tackle, who stood out against top competition last year, including Lawrence Jackson of USC as well as Auburn's Quentin Groves during the Cotton Bowl, is projected by most to play guard in the NFL. A potential late-round choice, Patrick is awaiting league approval for his application before scheduling a pro-day workout.
Another application waiting for approval is that of Mark Washington from Texas State. The undersized defensive lineman registered 29 tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last season. Used at the defensive tackle position, Washington is likely to be tried at outside linebacker in the NFL. The opinion is Washington will not be selected if available in July.
One name people are waiting on is offensive tackle Jared Gaither of Maryland. The mammoth blocker who moved into the starting line-up as a true freshman after coming to Maryland from Hargrave Military Academy, gave serious consideration to entering April's draft, where he would've been a third-round choice. Gaither is presently suspended from the team due to off-the-field issues and his name was left off the Terps 2007 roster. He is expected to meet with Maryland officials this week to review his status with the team. Sources have told us if Gaither is not reinstated by Maryland for the upcoming season he will enter the supplemental draft.
Subscribers can expect scouting reports on these and all other players in the July event.