Former Eagles scout and current NFL’s Future writer, John Middlekauff revealed on Twitter today that South Alabama corner Damond Smith will enter the NFL supplemental draft that will take place on July 11th.
Talked w/ an NFL scout about South Alabama’s Damond Smith in the supplemental draft:Said he’d be shocked if the CB wasn’t in a camp #NFL
— John Middlekauff (@JMiddle365) July 2, 2013
Smith began his collegiate career at Western Michigan, where he emerged as a true freshman starter. Smith was ousted from the starting lineup after a fight with a teammate. Smith left WMU abruptly, eventually landing at South Alabama.
Smith drew some interest as an UDFA before it was learned he was ineligible. Middlekauff revealed that Smith would participate in a pro day in his home state of Michigan on July 9th. Smith attended the Jacksonville State pro day this spring – where he ran in the 4.4′s at over 5-foot-11.
Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson will join Smith in the supplemental draft. Smith was shelved the entire 2012 season due to academic issues but made two starts in 2011. Jackson recorded 14 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and a blocked punt in 2011.
A third name is being bantered about – UNLV quarterback turned defensive end James Boyd. Boyd isn’t currently on the UNLV roster but we’ve yet been able to confirm he’s not enrolled in school. Boyd brings a unique skill set at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds but remains an enigma as a defensive player. Once we can confirm, we’ll add Boyd to the list.
Keep an eye on former Miami (OH) wide receiver Nick Harwell. Harwell was dismissed from Miami this spring after being arrested for theft and criminal damaging. Harwell attempted to transfer to Kansas to play out his final season of eligibility but Miami blocked his attempt due to his suspension from school.
Harwell has sought out legal counsel on the matter but the clock is ticking with the supplemental draft less than two weeks away. Harwell was a highly productive receiver at Miami of Ohio that experienced a disappointing junior season on and off the field.