Former Ole Miss cornerback Tee Shepard may soon have the opportunity to realize a dream of playing in the NFL.
According to a report from NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread, Shepard is one of six players that will be eligible for the 2016 NFL supplemental draft, which is to be held on July 14.
This rarely utilized draft offers players that were not eligible to participate in the process for April’s draft to be selected by NFL teams without having to wait until the 2017 draft. The catch is that NFL teams must forfeit a pick in the 2017 draft in exchange for taking one of the supplemental players this summer. The round of the pick owed in the 2017 draft will correspond with the round a player is selected in the supplemental draft.
There have only been two players selected in the supplemental draft since 2012, with Cleveland’s selection of former Baylor WR Josh Gordon standing as perhaps the most well-known recent example.
Shepard, who plays in spite of a hearing disability, left the Rebels football program in October and later cited his hearing as a reason he believed coaches unfairly took playing time away from him.