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Will the Falcons select anyone in today’s NFL supplemental draft?

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Short answer: No. Longer answer: No, because it’s an underwhelming class.

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The Falcons have never made a habit of picking up players in the supplemental draft, and despite six players being eligible this year, that’s unlikely to change.

The biggest name here is Ra’Zahn Howard, a defensive tackle from Purdue. SB Nation’s Dan Kadar has this to say about him:

Howard started 10 of 11 games in 2015, playing in a Purdue system that used a heavy rotation on the defensive line. Most of Howard's snaps came on run plays where he has the size to occupy blockers. He has some decent quickness and maneuverability and finished with 23 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack last season. For his career, he had 47 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks over three seasons and 29 games.

Because he was on and off the field so much in college, you can't help but label Howard as inconsistent. He flashed at times, but was on the sidelines far too often. It's also difficult to see much of a market for a backup nose tackle.

That doesn’t sound particularly promising, and the Falcons are already pretty stacked at defensive tackle, so long as you can tolerate Tyson Jackson. The other intriguing prospect, per Kadar, is Calgary wide receiver Rashaun Simonise, who put up an impressive 51/1,079/11 line in just eight games.

Ole Miss CB Tee Shepard, Concordia DE Cameron Walton, Virginia Tech long snapper Eddie D’Antuono (really), and Sam Houston State running back Jalen Overstreet. Simonise and Walton are the only two I could see the Falcons taking a hard look at, and they just don’t have enough of a need for either player to justify using a draft pick. That will continue the team’s long, long streak of not picking in the supplemental draft, and this year at least, I don’t mind that.

Got your eye on any of these players?