Supplemental Draft: The Latest Word Around the League

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The second draft of the year is upon us, as a handful of prospects have made themselves eligible for this year’s supplemental draft. So what does the landscape look like a few hours before the event begins?

In conversations the past two days, one theme remained consistent; Jalen Thompson of Washington State is expected to be the only player selected.

Teams like the player and the person. They were impressed with his workout on Monday, and he came across well during meetings.

Where will Thompson be selected in the draft?

Expect Thompson to be the equivalent of a last-day pick in April’s draft. Teams feel he’s a fourth or fifth-round talent who will likely be swiped off the board in the sixth or seventh round.

Where will he end up?

Obviously it’s anyone’s guess at this point, but the feeling I am getting is either Green Bay, Houston or Arizona.

As I’ve reported on this site and on Twitter the past two days, the Packers have shown a ton of interest in Thompson, including flying him to Green Bay after the workout. That’s a lot of interest for a supplemental draft prospect not expected to be a top-90 pick.

The Texans never addressed their need at safety during April’s draft, and there is a belief from some in the organization that Thompson could be a Year 1 starter if they select him.

The Cardinals are another team that needs safety help, but would they draft Jalen Thompson after selecting Deionte Thompson in the fifth round this past April?

I’m told there are a few in the Arizona organization who believe Jalen is a better player and prospect than Deionte. If he slips past the fifth round, I expect Arizona to be part of the bidding process.