8 Players eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft
Written by Curt Popejoy on 07/02/2012
Every year there are a few players who for one reason or another find themselves ineligible for school, and if it happens during the right window, they can declare for the NFL Supplemental Draft. It's not a true draft in the traditional sense, it's more of an auction.
Quickly, the draft allows teams to bid with a pick, in any of the traditional 7 rounds. For example if a team bids their 4th round pick, and no other team bids higher, that team gets the player, and forfeits that pick the following year.
This year per Gregg Rosenthal @greggrosenthal on Twitter, 8 players have found themselves in a position where they were not eligible to return to their schools in the Fall so they find themselves waiting for July 12th to come and see if their football careers continue.
The 8 players in this year's draft are pretty unremarkable.
Adam Harris, RB Syracuse-His career was essentially over after a nasty concussion last season against Cincinnati and with an injury concern like that, he's a huge longshot here.
Quaylon Ewing-Burton, DB Boise State-Got the boot off the team back in early 2012 after several up and down games in 2011. Wasn't going to start this year, and has a history of issues with maturity and effort. Probably not drafted.
Adrian Haughton, T Iowa State-I know virtually nothing about Haughton except he shows up on the Orlando Predators roster. He's got massive size, but a total wildcard.
Larry Lumpkin, LB Carson-Newman-First gets the boot from Alabama A&M back in 2010, and so he transfers to D2 Carson-Newman. Had a nice 2011 year, but still entering the draft. Nice size and good skill set. Very good shot some team takes a shot on him.
Montez Robinson, DE Georgia-Troubled young man all the way back to his Freshman year in 2009. Another player with what appears to be lots of physical potential, but he's got a ten cent head and I wonder if a team will take a shot on someone with so many concerns off the field.
Houston Tuminello, WR McMurray-Who? Yeah, that's what everyone is saying. He's tried it all. La. Tech, Stephen F. Austin and McMurray. And come up short everywhere. Highly likely he's not selected.
EdWesley, RB TCU-Liked Wesley in college and I think he has a nice NFL skill set. Not sure about his health, and not sure if any team would spend a draft pick on him, but he's almost certainly an UDFA.
Josh Gordon WR Baylor-You could say Baylor, or I guess you could say Utah. Very big, athletic player who is easily the best player in the Supplemental Draft. Thought his problems were behind him, but I guess he didn't spend this past year sitting out working on his grades. I won't be shocked if some team throws a third or fourth out for Gordon based on his 2010 film.
The thing about the Supplemental draft is, every player in it is damaged goods for one reason or another. As an NFL GM you have to make a value judgment of whether or not a player's talent is worth taking on the potential problems. In the case of this group Gordon and Wesley are probably the only ones who a team would look at as worth the risk. NFL fans typically over value supplemental draft entries. There's never first round prospects in the supplemental draft, because a big part of what makes one a first round pick is his ability to stay in school.
Last Edited: 07/02/2012