Purdue’s Ra’Zahn Howard enters supplemental draft


It’s reported last Friday that Purdue defensive tackle Ra’Zahn Howard will attend the supplemental draft.

Howard is leaving school for academic reasons. Players who have a change of circumstance after the early-entry deadline for the draft can apply for the supplemental draft.

Howard was suspended in January and announced his intention to transfer. He was a three-year starter at Purdue.

Ra'Zahn Howard

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Howard started 10 of 11 games last season for the Boilermakers, registering a career-high 23 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He posted a total of 47 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, over 29 games at Purdue.

A total of 45 players have now been selected since the draft’s inception in 1977. Among the most notable supplemental selections are quarterback Bernie Kosar (Cleveland, 1985), wide receiver Cris Carter (Philadelphia, 1987), linebacker Brian Bosworth (Seattle, 1987) and wide receiver Josh Gordon (Cleveland, 2012). The Rams selected tackle Isaiah Battle out of Clemson in the fifth round last year.