The NFL issued the list of qualified players for the upcoming 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft last Tuesday.
The list is highlighted by former TCU running back Ed Wesley and Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon but also includes: Boise State cornerback Quaylon Ewing, Syracuse fullback Adam Jones, Carson-Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin, Iowa State offensive lineman Adrian Haughton, Georgia defensive end Montez Robinson, and McMurray wide receiver Houston Tuminello. No other applications will be processed.
Wesley the headliner had three seasons with the Horned Frogs, where he gained 2,442 yards on 387 carries (6.3 average) with 21 touchdowns. Wesley has good vision, anticipation and decisive movements as a runner, but isn't overly elusive making him one of the most intrigued players coming into this Supplemental Draft.
Another player that teams been paying high attention to is Baylor receiver Gordon. He’s currently drawing a high second round grade, according to NFL personnel man Russ Lande. Several teams have already sent scouts out to view him and it’s believed one NFC team is interested in selecting him early on.
The entire list of players’ this past week had each had a chance to perform for several team scouts in a private workouts or their own Pro Day.
Last season there were several eligible players for the supplemental draft, but the Raiders were the only ones to make a move and signed Terrell Pryor in the third round. Therefore, the Raiders sacrificed their third round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. Pryor didn’t get much of opportunity to play last season nor was in camp. However, this season he looks to get more snaps under center and better opportunity to perform. He already participated in OTA’s and minicamp’s this past month and looks right on track to back up Carson Palmer.
The NFL Supplemental Draft doesn’t provide any guarantees that any of the above maybe chose on July 12th. This only indicates they have the opportunity to join with a team before training camp. While at the same time this leaves the players options open if undrafted they can try to find a team that requires a position of need and ask for a tryout.
Yes, the Supplemental Draft isn’t as exciting as the regular NFL draft April but it still provides your favorite team the opportunity to have a great young player for many years to come.