BREAKING NEWS: Rams select Isaiah Battle in Supplemental Draft


The St. Louis Rams young offensive line, just got even younger with the addition of Isaiah Battle out of Clemson. Battle was selected earlier today in the NFL Supplemental Draft. He is the first player selected in the draft since Josh Gordon was selected by the Cleveland Browns in 2012. Battle is also the first player selected in the supplemental draft by the St. Louis Rams since they relocated to St. Louis in 1995. The Rams used a fifth round selection on Battle. They will forfeit their fifth round selection in next years NFL Draft.

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Battle is now the fifth offensive linemen the Rams have acquired via the draft this year. Battle played three years at Clemson prior to the supplemental draft. He appeared in 27 games for the Tigers, including 11 games in 2014. At 6’6″, 312 lbs, Battle has the size to play at the next level. He was a mainstay at left tackle for Clemson, but found himself in hot water occasionally.

According to media reports Battle missed the NFL draft for personal/family reasons. He has been cited in the past for possession of marijuana, speeding and inability to provide proof of insurance. He was also suspended from the team in 2013 for throwing a punch at a North Carolina State player, and earned a one game suspension against Syracuse for disciplinary reasons.

Battle drew 26 teams to his pro day earlier in the week Tuesday, and was regarded as the most likely selection in this years supplemental draft. He was a stout run blocker at Clemson and helped the Tigers average 4.5 yards per carry in his time there. Battle is expected to be introduced to the Rams regimen slowly, but could see time along side fellow rookies Rob Havenstein and Jamon Brown.

The Rams now have five selections heading into next years NFL draft. That is the lowest total of all teams. They will recoup another draft pick from the Sam Bradford trade, but the position of that selection will be determined by how much Bradford plays for the Eagles. This selection makes a lot of sense for St. Louis. They needed help up front in a bad way, and Battle fits the new run-first mentality  of head coach Jeff Fisher. Battle is a project though. Off field issues need to be resolved and missing OTA’s doesn’t help, but he has the tools to play at the next level.