Every year during the lull of the offseason the NFL conducts the “Supplemental” NFL Draft for players who missed the opportunity to declare for the regular draft. The supplemental draft is for players who anticipated playing college football this season, but for some reason will be ineligible. This year the supplemental draft will be held on July 12th.
The supplemental draft only features a few players each year (eight this year) and operates differently than the normal draft. The supplemental draft is more of a blind auction, where teams submit a draft position they are willing to give up in next year’s draft for a player. The team that is willing to give up the highest pick for a player “drafts” him and forfeits the wagered pick.
Terrelle Pryor was the highly-touted name in last year’s supplemental draft, after leaving Ohio State in anticipation of a suspension. Now, we will look at this year’s supplemental draft candidates and what impact they might have on the league.
Quaylon Ewing-Burton, DB Boise State
Quaylon Ewing-Burton is an average-sized defensive back (6’0″, 180 lb) with underwhelming talent. Ewing-Burton was only able to start four games last season for Boise State, registering 26 tackles and one pass defended. Ewing-Burton was dismissed from the team for “failing to live up to the standards of the program” and was not expected to make the roster next season.
Josh Gordon, WR Baylor/Utah
Josh Gordon will be one of the more popular supplemental players, and will likely be drafted at some point. In 2010, Gordon caught 42 passes from RG3 for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns. Prior to the 2011 season, Gordon transferred to the University of Utah, but never saw the field.
Adam Harris, RB/FB Syracuse
Adam Harris is not your typical supplemental player, as he chose to walk away from football last season. In November 2011, Harris received a concussion and made the decision at the time to walk away from football for what he thought was for good, according to a YouTube interview with the young fullback. Now Harris is back, looking to fulfill his lifelong dream in the NFL.
Adrian Haughton, T Iowa State
Adrian Haughton is a massive offensive tackle (6’4, 360 lbs) who played arena football for the Orlando Predators last season. At this point there is very little known about Haughton outside of the basic information listed. Expect more details to come out over the next week as teams dig in to each player’s past.
Larry Lumpkin, LB Carson-Newman
Larry Lumpkin is another player with very little known about him. According to SB Nation, he was the best defensive player for Carson-Newman but was academically ineligible for his senior season.
Montez Robinson, DE/LB Georgia
Montez Robinson has the history of a more typical supplemental draft pick: violent criminal charges and team dismissal. Robinson was dismissed from Georgia in 2010 after being charged with battery and criminal damage. Robinson began on the defensive line but had transitioned to outside linebacker at the time of his arrest.
Houston Tuminello, WR McMurray
Houston Tuminello is a smaller receiver (6’0, 190 lbs) who spent his first two seasons at Louisiana Tech. Tuminello eventually transferred to McMurray, and it is unclear why he will not be returning for his senior season. In his two seasons with Louisiana Tech, Tuminello caught 22 total passes for under 200 yards and one touchdown.
If there were going to be a wide receiver worth gambling on in the supplemental draft, it would be Josh Gordon. Tuminello has far too little production, and a clouded history at McMurray.
Ed Wesley, RB TCU
Ed Wesley will give Josh Gordon a run for the most “touted” player in this year’s supplemental draft. Wesley comes from a respected program in TCU, where he gained over 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons. According to John Taylor of NBC Sports, the exact nature of Wesley’s departure is unclear, but it has been reported as “family reasons.”
Wesley is an intriguing player with some pro talent and potential. In all likelihood he would have been a mid- to late-round pick in the 2013 draft had he stayed at TCU. While his departure will raise some questions, Wesley is sure to be selected at some point in this year’s supplemental draft.