Purdue DT in supplemental draft arrested twice this year
The NFL's supplemental draft is next week, and of the six eligible prospects, the one perhaps most likely to merit a late-round draft pick is Purdue defensive tackle Ra'Zahn Howard. The Bucs still have a need for depth at defensive tackle, after not using any draft picks at the position and opting not to re-sign backups Henry Melton and Tony McDaniel, who both remain unsigned after going through free agency this summer.
One potential flag for Howard is that he was arrested twice in Indiana this spring in separate incidents. On Jan. 31, he was arrested for public intoxication, a charge that local prosecutors are still processing. In April, Howard was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of failure to stop after an accident causing damage and false reporting, as well as citations for driving with a suspended license and expired license tag. In June, he entered into a "deferral agreement" with prosecutors on those charges, with a compliance meeting set in December.
The supplemental draft allows an NFL team to use a pick from next year's draft on a player that is eligible for the supplemental draft. Each team can submit a bid with what round pick they would be willing to use, and the highest round submitted gets the player in exchange for that pick in the following draft.
The Bucs are expected to have a scout in attendance at the pro day for another supplemental draft prospect, Rashaun Simonise, a 6-foot-5 receiver from the University of Calgary, but he could also go undrafted and sign as a free agent after the draft.