The 2015 NFL Supplemental Draft has had its first selection. The St. Louis Rams spent a fifth round pick to acquire Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle. The Rams will sacrifice their 2016 fifth round pick to acquire Battle now. This marks the first player selected in the Supplemental Draft since the Cleveland Browns sacrificed a second round pick for Josh Gordon.
The San Francisco 49ers attended several workouts, and were rumored to be one of the team with some interest in Battle. This draft uses a blind bid system where teams submit what round they would select a player. If multiple teams pick the player in that round, the team with the highest pick gets him. I don't know if we'll find out whether or not the 49ers submitted a bid, although I imagine such information could eventually leak.
The Rams offensive line could use some work, so adding Battle could boost that group. The Rams added several offensive linemen in the 2015 NFL Draft. They spent a second round pick on Rob Havenstein, a third on Jamon Brown, a fourth on Andrew Donnal, and a sixth on Cody Wichmann.It's safe to say they wanted to add some depth!
Battle was viewed by someone as a potential early day two pick in next year's draft, so if he can make the leap to the NFL, this could be a great value for St. Louis. He had some off-field issues that included a marijuana possession citation.