ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF defensive end Toby Jackson shed his blocker with ease, snuffed out the play perfectly and came down for a hit that resonated throughout Bright House Networks Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

NFL Supplemental Draft Ends. Any Potential Targets for Bengals?

 

The NFL Supplemental Draft took place today, and six players were eligible to be selected by an NFL team. The six eligible players were Purdue WR O.J. Ross, UCF MLB Toby Jackson, Houston WR Dewayne Peace, BYU DE James Boyd, South Alabama CB Damond Smith, and UNLV DT Nathan Holloway. 

Unfortunately for them, no one ever got that call:

 


All six players are now eligible to sign with an NFL team and compete for a roster spot when training camps open in two weeks. Optimum Scouting did an in-depth breakdown of all six players, and the only one that might even garner a hint of interest is Toby Jackson:

The one-time 9th ranked defensive end in the country in 2008, Jackson was forced to go through the junior college ranks, signing with Navarro College in Texas. By 2010 (his second year at the school), he lead the team to a National Championship game, earning MVP honors. Originally signed with the Georgia Bulldogs, Jackson eventually changed his commitment to UCF, despite ample SEC, Big 12, and ACC interest.  He played in 9 games at UCF in 2011 before being ruled ineligible in 2012 for academic reasons. For his size (6’4, 260), he’s a plus athlete, likely having a 30+ vertical jump and running in the 4.7s. He’s balanced and controlled laterally in the short area, and breaks down to finish tackles well in space. When he’s had the chance to sink and make plays in linebacker settings (as the option pitch man, on delayed stunts, etc.), he’s looked solid, likely giving him the possibility of contributing earliest as a 3-4 inside linebacker.

 

Linebacker is a position where the Bengals may look to add one more body prior to the start of camp if they don’t resign Thomas Howard.

 

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