May 29, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tackle Jared Gaither (78) at organized team activities at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
The NFL holds its annual Supplemental Draft on July 12th and the question is, will the Baltimore Ravens dip into it this season like they did this year and one significant time in the past? The Ravens signed University of North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo after he went unsigned in last year's Supplemental Draft, but he is now on the team's Injured Reserve after tearing his Achilles Tendon earlier this spring.
The team's biggest Supplemental Draft "steal" was offensive tackle Jared Gaither. Gaither was taken in the fifth round of the 2007 Supplemental Draft after being literally kicked out of the University of Maryland. Gaither was one of the youngest players in the league but came into his own following in the footsteps of All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden.
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After getting injured and losing significant weight, Gaither fell out of favor and seemed reluctant to accept the move form left tackle to the right side. Gaither just signed a nice free agent deal to stay with the San Diego Chargers, where he has seemed to resurrect his career.
This year, there are eight players who have been cleared to be available in next week's draft, according to a story on ProFootballTalk.com. According to the story, Baylor WR Josh Gordon and TCU RB Ed Wesley appear most likely to have a team take a chance and give up a corresponding draft pick in next year's draft to take them.
See another related story on this topic on SB Nation.