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The 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft has come and gone and only one player was selected despite the eight player prospect pool. Josh Gordon went in the second round to the Cleveland Browns in a surprising move that was one round higher than what most draft analysts had him listed. That also means that names like Ed Wesley, running back from TCU, and Larry Lumpkin, linebacker from Carson-Newman, are available to sign with any team.
Lumpkin and Wesley were the players that most NFL writers believed would come next off of the board if anyone were to be taken, but that was not to be. That's not surprising since there have only been 41 players taken in the previous 35 years of the Supplemental Draft. Most players come with risks that teams are averse to taking, so Wesley and Lumpkin and the rest of the class will have to sign on as undrafted free agents.
There were only eight prospects in all competing for slots in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft and, as expected, Josh Gordon was the first one off of the board. The former Baylor wide receiver had the size and speed that makes scouts' blood boil, and it was enough to make him the choice of the Cleveland Browns in the second round.
Gordon was kicked off of the Bears football team for a charge of marijuana possession. He was unable to play for the entire 2011 college football season after transferring to the Utah Utes. However, he apparently decided that going straight to the NFL was the better move rather than playing in 2012 with a new team in a new system. He's undoubtedly raw, but seeing as how impact wide receivers are hard to find, Gordon was going to land with someone early enough.
The Browns brought Gordon in for a visit and will now lose their second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Gordon caught 43 passes for Baylor in 2010 for 721 yards and 7 touchdowns.
There are certainly going to be the naysayers out there about the prospects for the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft and why they are receiving such hype. In particular, there are those wondering why Josh Gordon is receiving the hype of potentially being a second round choie in today's Draft. While there's definitely a bit too much buzz about the few players here given the dearth of NFL news in mid-summer, Gordon is not without legitimate potential.
It's easy to knock Gordon for some character concerns or, even more, the fact that he hasn't played since 2010. After transferring from Baylor to Utah, Gordon decided the NFL Supplemental Draft route was the right way to go, and that's going to require some explanation on his part to teams potentially interested in adding him.
Twenty one teams showed up to watch him work out for his Pro Day, so there's reason to believe that teams will be vying for the chance to get him. But just how high will he go? Is he really worth a potential second or third round choice?
Matt Miller, founder of New Era Scouting, believes there's some legitimacy to that notion.
"Gordon has that size/speed ratio that scouts drool over at 6-4, 220 lbs.," he explained in a recent interview. "He's able to burst past layers. I think that's hard to find. He's superbly athletic."
Not only does Gordon possess the raw skills, but Miller also says such character concerns are overrated. Even a quick perusal of the players taken in the recent NFL Draft in April held players with greater issues.
"Really, the character issues with Gordon are minimal," said Miller. "He was arrested for marijuana possession and suspended from Baylor. He decided to transfer to Utah, so that's the reason he hasn't played since 2010. There were guys drafted much higher this year with more character problems -- Justin Blackmon with the DUI, Michael Floyd with a couple DUIs, Janoris Jenkins with all of his issues. I think Gordon has a lot of appeal because he does have that athletic make-up that's so hard to find."
"I had him on my list of breakout players, but then he got kicked out of Baylor," said Melton. "He was on my list with Kendall Wright, A.J. Jenkins and a lot of those guys. So I did have him as a first or second round pick. So when people are saying, 'I heard he might be a first or second rounder', I say, 'Yeah, I said the same damn thing.' The talent is there."
As the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft nears today, many of the teams linked to Josh Gordon are the bottom dwellers in terms of total offense. The Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts are typically the teams identified as possible landing spots for the former Baylor wide receiver. Robert Griffin III is lobbying for him to come to the Washington Redskins. But perhaps Gordon could also fit on a team already loaded with receiving options.
Matt Miller, founder of New Era Scouting and lead NFL writer for Bleacher Report, recently spoke to SB Nation Kansas City about the Supplemental Draft and believed that the Chiefs and Steelers could make sense when viewed through the right lens.
"I could see Kansas City and maybe even Pittsburgh with the troubles with Mike Wallace [as a home for Gordon]," said Miller. "Dwayne Bowe is in a walk year. He's been good at times but he's also been inconsistent. Drafting a guy with the potential of Gordon makes more sense.
"If Kansas City pulls the trigger in the third or fourth round on Gordon, I think it will be easier to justify the pick," he continued. "I think there will be some upset fans because Dontari Poe was seen as a potential type of pick in the first round already. But if Kansas City or Pittsburgh were to get Gordon, a team that could potentially lose its best receiver, then that makes more sense."
Thomas Melton, Senior NFL Draft Analyst and VP of Collegiate Scouting for NFL Draft Monsters, agreed that the best spot for Gordon to land for his own sake was a team with a top flight receiver already in place.
"If you're going to talk about an ideal situation, you want him to land on a team with a veteran wide receiver who can mentor him -- whether it's a guy like Larry Fitzgerald who is a long strider that attacks the ball in the air," said Melton.
"That might be ideal for him to learn from a guy like that. But you want a team with an established No. 1 receiver just so he won't be pressured right off the bat, but he could also complement and learn from him at the same time. Whether that actually happens or not, no one really knows because a lot of times guys don't get into those situations. That's the catch-22 of the NFL Draft.
In the end, both Miller and Melton believe Gordon will land with a receiver needy team willing to pay the price. Both have final predictions of a third round grade on him, with Melton choosing the Dallas Cowboys and Miller going with the Dolphins.
"If you're the Miami Dolphins, a team who has no talent at the wide receiver position after trading Brandon Marshall, they didn't address that need in the draft, I didn't feel like," said Miller. "If I were the Dolphins and had the extra picks coming from Chicago, I would go for it. I think they have such a big need."
Make sure to check out SB Nation's complete Supplemental Draft coverage here in this Storystream.
The 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft is set to take place on Thursday, but for any fan base expecting a major influx of talent -- well, it's not that kind of draft. Instead, the Supplemental Draft has only had 41 players taken in its 35 year history and that sort of ratio should continue this year with only eight players eligible to be taken and only one or possibly two expected to actually use up a draft choice: Baylor's Josh Gordon and TCU's Ed Wesley.
Gordon is projected as a mid-round selection and Wesley as a potential late-round flier. If a team takes one of them in the Supplemental Draft, then they lose that draft pick in next year's NFL Draft.
Here's a list of players eligible:
Quaylon Ewing-Burton, CB, Boise State
Josh Gordon, WR, Utah/Baylor
Adam Harris, RB, Syracuse
Adrian Haughton, OT, Iowa State
Larry Lumpkin, LB, Carson-Newman
Montez Robinson, DE, Georgia
Houston Tuminello, WR, McMurray/Louisiana Tech
Ed Wesley, RB, TCU
Josh Gordon is the prize of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. He's a big receiver with the right athleticism that would make for some impressive potential at wideout, especially for such a small pond of prospects. But while the Kansas City Chiefs checked out Gordon at his Pro Day, he's not predicted to be an option for Scott Pioli when it comes down to it -- at least according to Adam Caplan's breakdown.
The Chiefs might be looking for a developmental receiver down the road if Dwayne Bowe is not in the long-term plan. However, Gordon is not their man per Caplan's report. Instead, he has the Browns, Dolphins, Colts and Bills as the favorites to put in a claim for the former Baylor player. About the Chiefs, he writes, "They were at Gordon's workout, but the team is pretty deep at wide receiver. They'll pass."
That's a short and succinct enough answer that's likely the accurate take on whether or not the Chiefs will make a move. While fans might long for some more player additions and buzz in a dead part of the offseason, the front office is smarter than that. They'll only make a move if they truly like Gordon's potential and if he has a fit on the roster.
And they're off. The 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft is right around the corner (read: Thursday) and the draft stock of hopefuls like Josh Gordon are climbing higher than ever due to the hype around a draft of any type, but especially when there are no other options even close to his talent level. Gordon has went from a potential mid-round prospect to a second round value and now players are pushing their respective teams to fight for him. Or at least Robert Griffin III is.
RG3 is pushing the Redskins brass hard to land Gordon in tomorrow's draft. Many teams interested, about 20 at Gordon's pro day Tues...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) July 11, 2012
The Redskins are going to need wide receivers to pair with their new quarterback, but the Skins hardly have the draft assets to play around. They went all in with those assets on Griffin which is why they went the free agent route this spring to bring in Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan.
It will be interesting to see where Gordon goes only to find out how much of this is hype and how much is real. The Chiefs also checked in on him, so perhaps there's something there. Given how high Gordon is said to be going, it's hard to see Scott Pioli pulling the trigger.
As the best overall prospect in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, it's not surprising to hear that there were 21 total teams in attendance at the former Baylor wide receiver's Pro Day workout on Tuesday. In fact, it's more of a shocker that there were still that many teams not interested in sending a single front office worker to check him out.
The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the teams doing their homework as Adam Caplan listed off a number of the franchises who sent representatives to check on Gordon's draft status:
Partial list of teams in attendance for Josh Gordon's workout today: #Browns, #Eagles, #Cowboys, #Bears, #Seahawks, #Chiefs, #Colts, #49ers, #Redskins, #Bills, #Texans, #Patriots, #Vikings, #Saints. Need confirmations on others. Teams not in attendance can request tape.
The Chiefs could use help at receiver if they do not plan on signing Dwayne Bowe for the long-term. If he walks after this year, the team will still have Jon Baldwin and Steve Breaston among others at receiver, but Gordon could provide the team the sort of developmental prospect at the position they could use to study behind Bowe for a season.
Larry Lumpkin is among the eight players hoping to be selected sometime during the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. It appears that the linebacker from Carson-Newman might just be promising enough to earn a late draft pick or perhaps an invite to go to training camp with a team. That's because there are reportedly 19 teams interested in taking a closer look at Lumpkin during his Pro Day scheduled for Wednesday.
Among the NFL teams have made inquiries about Lumpkin and will likely attend his workout, according to his agent, Chris Martin of OTG Sports: the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Houston Texans.
The Chiefs already have Dexter Heyman of Louisville in camp to compete with Brandon Siler and Jovan Belcher for playing time in the middle next to Derrick Johnson. The Chiefs could also use a battle of the best to figure out who will provide linebacker depth as well as special teams help. Lumpkin could be another good body to have around in case of injury or for competition.
Josh Gordon is likely to be the only player selected during Thursday's 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. There have only been 41 players chosen in the 35 year history of the draft, and Gordon is by far the cream of the crop here.
While others like linebacker Larry Lumpkin or running back Ed Wesley could enamor a team enough to take them in the seventh round, Gordon is the real mystery with NFL analysts floating third or even second round value on the former Baylor wide receiver.
The good news is that scouts apparently liked what they saw from Gordon when working out today. He has great measurables overall and the character concerns are now being called overblown. He also performed admirably on the Wonderlic.
Results from Josh Gordon pro-day: 6031/224lbs...36" vert, 10'-1" broad..13 reps on bench...4.52/forty but pulled/hurt quad during the run..— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) July 10, 2012
It will be interesting to see where Gordon goes and if a team really does stretch their draft assets to make sure they bring him in.
The 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft takes place this Thursday and the eight prospects that are available are going to earn an incredible amount of attention given the dry nature of any NFL news and the small pool of players available. Thus it's not surprising in some ways to hear that the best prospect available, former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon, is now being called a potential second round pick -- at least by one NFL draft analyst.
I'll be surprised if Josh Gordon lasts past 2nd round of supplemental draft. More talent than many potential '13 #2's, plus you get him NOW.— Chad Reuter (@ChadReuter) July 9, 2012
Gordon transferred away from Baylor to Utah but never played for the Utes. It's been a while since he played in 2010 but his athleticism and measureables are apparently attractive enough to scouts to warrant a look. After being labeled a fourth round choice, he's now rising at the perfect time. Whether or not you should buy into the hype is another matter.
The 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft is right around the corner, and that means that draftniks can finally get excited about real football prospects once again. It's been a long, hot, dry summer both in real life for many and in the football world for everyone. So this week is going to seem like the perfect antidote to get you through. For Josh Gordon, Ed Wesley and the six other hopefuls, this is also about realizing their dreams to play pro football.
Gordon and others will schedule pro day workouts, but most people are paying attention to former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon of anyone. Unfortunately, the weather is already getting in the way.
It may rain in Houston tomorrow, which is why Josh Gordon's workout might be moved from Rice University to #Texans practice facility.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 9, 2012
Gordon is expected to be a mid-round choice -- perhaps in the third or fourth round -- in Thursday's draft. His Pro Day will go a long way toward establishing that.
The 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft is next week, and that means that even for an event with only 8 players eligible, a mock draft is coming. In fact, Dave Dameshek's is the first mock draft that we can find, and the NFL.com writer believes that a whopping three players will be taken in the draft. Considering that only 41 players have been taken in the draft's 35 year history, three is a major number.
Baylor's Josh Gordon is the player going first in the fifth round to the Washington Redskins according to Dameshek. He also has Ed Wesley of TCU going in the sixth round to the Cincinnati Bengals and Carson-Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin heading to the Miami Dolphins in the seventh and final round. That's a new word out on Lumpkin since most NFL analysts are focusing only on Gordon and perhaps Wesley as the top talents available.
The 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft is coming up on July 12, which is one week from today. That means that draftniks can get at least a taste of the buzz in the doldrums of the mid-summer while they wait for real football action to start again in August. Some of the stronger candidates of the eight prospects available for the Supplemental Draft, including Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon, are looking to hold Pro Day workouts in advance of the draft.
RB Ed Wesley (TCU), WR Josh Gordon (Baylor) and CB Quaylon Ewing (Boise St.) are all expected to have pro day workouts earlier next week.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 5, 2012
Gordon is expected to be the certain choice off of the board. Some entire drafts have come and gone without a player selected so many of these prospects are likely to fall off completely. However, Gordon is considered a sure thing and Mel Kiper, Jr. had him as a potential fourth round selection.
The NFL Supplemental Draft is always an odd crap shoot for both front offices and fans. With only 41 players taken in the 35 year history of the draft, there's little to no reason for fans to even hope their team might add a player. Even still, the success rate is not good for those few who are chosen. Yet with a number of supplemental draft players who have turned in impressive NFL careers, it's enough to make any fan hope in the NFL's slow summer season.
The most promising prospect for this year's draft is Josh Gordon, a former Baylor wide receiver who has impressed with both his size and speed. In fact, he could find teams fighting for him and willing to spend a mid-round selection.
Former Baylor WR Josh Gordon (talented 6-3-220 pounder with 4.40 speed & big hands) could be a 4th rd pick in July 12 Supplemental Draft.— Mel Kiper Jr. (@MelKiperESPN) July 2, 2012
Gordon could definitely help a team looking for a nice wideout to develop and he proved he can find the red zone with the Bears with 7 touchdowns his final season with the team. Unfortunately, like any Supplemental Draft prospect, the question marks often outweigh the reality.
A complete breakdown explaining the ins and outs of the Supplemental Draft and player profiles of the eight prospects available.
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