The Supplemental Draft is scheduled for July 12th. For those of you who don’t know how it works, it’s basically a silent auction using draft picks. Each team puts a round “bid” for a player, and the highest round bid is award said player. If two teams submit the same bid, the team who finished worst last season gets the player.
This year, according to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, there could be as many as 10 possible included players. The Supplemental Draft has had some big classes before, but to my knowledge, none larger than five or six. And not only that, but the Supplemental Draft has never had more than 2 players selected in the 7-round era of the draft. This year, we could far exceed that.
Josh Gordon, WR, Baylor/Utah
A former Top 70 receiver recruit out of high school, Gordon is a 6’4 long, very fast, and explosive talent that only scratched the surface of his ceiling while at Baylor. After putting together a 700+ yard receiving season (and showing some explosiveness in the occasional kick return), Gordon was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Facing possible suspension, he transferred to Utah and sat out last season thanks to transfer rules.
As to what his NFL value is, it’s tough to quite say. However, he seems like a lock to at least have a few bids. With his size (6’4, 220 last reported by Baylor), speed, explosion, and raw talent, he probably close to an equal prospect to Greg Little of North Carolina or Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech in the past two drafts. Draft Round: 3rd-4th Round
Ed Wesley, RB, TCU
A 5’9, 200 pound experienced running back, Wesley was set to be the laeder of the running back by committee again this season. After a 1000+ yard plus season as a sophomore, Wesley’s numbers took a step back thanks to more young talent at the position, but Wesley himself didn’t lose his ability. He still would have been among the Top 2 or 3 best running backs in the Big 12 next season.
Wesley has NFL vision and balance with a little bit of wiggle on the inside, but not much in the speed/explosiveness department. He could add some depth for an NFL team, and may be best in a zone blocking scheme. Flashes some ability to catch the ball, but not elite in that aspect either.
Draft Round: 6th-7th Round
Others That Are Rumored
Montel Harris, RB, Boston College
After getting a medical redshirt this season, Harris was slated to return to add to his school record 3,735 yards as a rusher. However, Harris has since been dismissed from the team for repeated violation of team rules. Reports are he could be transferring to Temple, but thanks to the fact he may be a late round flier draft pick for a team needing experienced running back depth, Harris may consider the draft.
Ray Ray Armstrong, S, Miami (FL)
Armstrong had an exchange with a booster on twitter, something the Miami program could take very seriously and punish him harshly. Most talented player on that defense and possible 1st rounder if he stays, he’s surely worth a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Keep in mind, teams don’t really care about booster relations when determining character. Not a real factor.
Baccari Rambo, S, Georgia
Rambo was strongly considering the NFL draft last year after a very solid junior season, and likely would have been a 3rd or 4th round safety at worst. Now, after likely being suspended for a violation of team rules, Rambo may still consider leaving college early. A ballhawk with room to bulk up and be an explosive playmaker in the open field, Rambo may get those 3rd or 4th round bids now.
Anthony Oden, OT, Arkansas/Lamar
One of the most talented offensive linemen at the school during his time, Oden was arrested in July of 2010 and 2011 for DWI and having a controlled substance. After being suspended by the team, Oden decided to transfer to Lamar. However, he has since been not on the actual Lamar roster and may be off the team complexly. Former NBA center Greg Oden’s brother, Anthony Oden is a 6’8, 310+ athletic tackle. Likely not worth a draft pick, but may get signed nonetheless.
Devon Smith, WR, Penn State
Just 5’7 and 140 pounds, Smith was this team’s big play target next year for Bill O’Brien’s up tempo offense. Now however, after being dismissed from the team, Smith may consider putting his name in the NFL hat. Likely too small to be drafted, he can hope to get a shot as a returner/situational player, two things he rarely did at Penn State.