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Supplemental Draft Primer: Gordon has NFL teams buzzing

Postby Pudge » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:57 pm ... ms-buzzing

Supplemental draft primer: Josh Gordon has NFL teams buzzing

By Daniel Jeremiah
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Published: July 11, 2012 at 12:50 p.m.
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The NFL Supplemental Draft will take place on Thursday. Here's everything you need to know about the league's other selection process.

The supplemental draft operates differently than the regular NFL draft. Each team is given the opportunity to submit a bid on any player who is eligible for the supplemental draft. If interested, a team will send the league office an email with the round in which they would like to select a particular player. The team that submits the highest bid is awarded the rights to a player.

If multiple teams submit bids in the same round for the same player, the league will apply a weighted lottery system (performed immediately before the supplemental draft) to determine which team is awarded the player. The system is a bit complicated, but here are the basics:

• Each team's position will be weighted by assigning the weakest team the greatest number of lottery chances and the strongest team the fewest number. Team strength and weakness will be determined by the order of the first round of the previous April's draft, exclusive of any trades.

• Once these values are assigned, teams are split into three groups: 1) Teams that won six or fewer games in the previous regular season; 2) Remaining non-playoff teams; 3) The 12 playoff participants.

• A lottery is performed within each group to produce the order of that group's teams, with the overall order progressing from Group 1 to Group 2 to Group 3.

If a team is successful in its bid, that team forfeits its draft pick in the following draft for the round in which it bid.
The eligible players

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
Players likely to be selected

Gordon, the former Utah/Baylor wideout, is the only player whom I anticipate being selected in this year's supplemental draft. He is a very intriguing prospect because of his combination of size, speed and athleticism. At his Tuesday workout before a reported 21 NFL teams, Gordon measured in at 6-foot-3, weighed 224 pounds and posted a respectable 4.52 40-yard dash time.
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He was a very productive receiver in Baylor's offense before he was dismissed from the team in August 2011 for off-field issues. During the 2010 season, he hauled in 42 balls for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. Most impressively, he averaged 17 yards per catch. He decided to transfer to the University of Utah, where he was required to sit out during the 2011 season (so he never actually played a down for the Utes).

I attended a Utah practice last fall while scouting for the Philadelphia Eagles, and several Utes coaches told me to keep an eye on Gordon. He wasn't eligible to play on Saturdays, but he was very easy to spot on the practice field. He has an ideal NFL body for the wide receiver position. He's tall with a lean, muscular build and long arms.

He's very exciting to watch on tape. He can gain ground very quickly with his long stride, has a huge catching radius and can create after the catch with both speed and elusiveness.

Gordon's decision to declare for the supplemental draft quickly generated a lot of buzz in the scouting community. All 32 teams have spent the past few weeks scrambling to dig into his background at both Baylor and Utah. His stock might take a little hit because of his off-field issues, but I've been told by several sources that he has a strong backing from the entire Baylor coaching staff. That will help ease some concerns of NFL teams.

TCU running back Ed Wesley is the second-best pro prospect in this group. He has been a very productive college runner, but his lack of size and top-end speed (he ran a 4.68 40-yard dash at his recent workout) will likely keep him from being selected. He shouldn't have any trouble finding a team to sign with once the draft has concluded.
Five potential fits for Gordon

Dallas Cowboys
Jerry Jones is never scared to take a risk. With Miles Austin and Dez Bryant already in place, the Cowboys could afford to take their time developing Gordon.
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Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll loves size and speed. He also proved with the selection of 2012 first-rounder Bruce Irvin that he's willing to forgive a few off-field issues.

Cleveland Browns
Tom Heckert wants playmakers. Drafting former Alabama running back Trent Richardson was a great first step, but the Browns desperately need another outside weapon to pair with Greg Little.

Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins need to upgrade their talent at the receiver position. Even if Chad Ochocinco pans out, there is still plenty of room for a player with Gordon's ability.

St. Louis Rams
The Rams have attempted to address their need at the receiver position in each of the past two drafts, but the jury is still out on all of those players. Adding another young talent like Gordon doesn't seem like such a bad idea.

The Browns will select Gordon in the third round of the supplemental draft.

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Re: Supplemental Draft Primer: Gordon has NFL teams buzzing

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Ex-Baylor Gordon tops 2012 Supplemental Draft prospects

Story Highlights
Josh Gordon has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver, but needs to refine his game
Ed Wesley's size will relegate him to being a rotational running back in the NFL
Gordon and Wesley are the only players with the potential to be drafted this year

The NFL's second draft is set to take place Thursday, as eight former college players hope to be selected in the supplemental draft.

Last July, the Raiders surprised everyone when they selected Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round. This year, many will be surprised if Josh Gordon -- the top prospect available -- is selected with anything lower than a second-round pick.

Teams will have the opportunity Thursday to submit bids on the players they want; whoever commits the highest pick to a prospect is awarded the player and will have to forfeit that pick in the 2013 draft next April.

Josh Gordon, WR, Baylor

6-3 | 224 lbs. | 4.50s

Bio: Started five of 13 games as a sophomore in 2010, finishing with 42 receptions, 714 yards and seven TDs. Saw action in nine games during the 2009 campaign. Suspended from the Baylor program in July 2011 for violation of team rules, then transferred to Utah. Forced to leave the Utah program due to financial constraints. Attempted to transfer to Houston for the 2012 season but was told he would have to sit out the season due to NCAA regulations.

Positives: Tall, fluid pass catcher with tremendous upside potential. Plays with great balance as well as body control. Has large, soft hands and easily makes the reception in stride. Consistent hand catcher and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Shows quickness into pass routes and uses his frame to shield away defenders and protect the ball. Displays good eye/hand coordination and makes the difficult reception with defenders draped on him. Quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception and keeps the play in bounds trying to pick up positive yardage. Deceptively fast for a large receiver. Effective downfield blocker.

Negatives: Rough around the edges and needs work on the details of the position. Lacks a quick release off the line of scrimmage and is a long strider who takes a while to get to top speed. Not a sharp route runner. Does not show a second gear on the field. Productive just one season on the college field.

Analysis: After Gordon's breakout campaign in 2010, NFL scouts were excited for his future before the suspension interrupted his career. He's a tremendous athlete who has an effortless style and possesses the physical abilities to develop into a No. 1 receiver at the next level. At one time considered a better prospect than former teammate Kendall Wright, the first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans last April. Gordon will need time to develop his game, but he's worth the risk of a second-round selection. Second Round.

Ed Wesley, RB, TCU

5-8.5 | 196 lbs | 4.70s

Bio: Started nine of the 10 games he played last season and finished with 120 carries for 726 yards and six TDs on the ground, with six receptions for 82 yards. Posted career rushing numbers of 166/1,078/11 when he started 13 games as a sophomore in 2010. Left the TCU program in May to attend to family related issues.

Positives: Patient runner with terrific vision and instincts. Waits for blocks to develop, quickly finds the running lanes and displays the ability to bounce around piles or avoid defenders. Runs with good lean, flashes strength in his lower body and the ability to run through tackles. Effectively uses his blocks everywhere on the field and looks natural catching the ball out of the backfield.

Negatives: Does not display a physical nature to his game. Lacks the skills to break long runs from the line of scrimmage. One-speed, one-cut ball carrier with limited speed and quickness.

Analysis: Wesley was very productive carrying the ball at TCU the past three seasons, but lacks the size and speed to be anything other than a part-time player in the NFL. The ability to find yardage between the tackles, as well as effectively catch passes out of the backfield, could help him secure a roster spot as a rotational back. Seventh Round.

Quaylon Ewing-Burton, CB, Boise State

6-0 | 184 lbs | 4.52s

Bio: Started three games last season, finishing with 26 tackles and breaking up one pass. Dismissed from the team in January after not living up to the program's standards. Initially planned on transferring to Sam Houston State, but opted for the supplemental draft.

Positives: Nice-sized cornerback who's effective facing the action. Fluid pedaling in reverse, can flip his hips transitioning to run with opponents downfield and displays a solid burst to the ball out of his break. Keeps the action in front of him and plays with good awareness. Strong at the point, physically beats down opponents to defend throws -- wraps up tackling.

Negatives: Over-pursues the action and takes himself from plays. Plays back on his heels at times. Lacks elite cornerback speed. Has shown a pattern of immaturity in his career.

Analysis: Ewing-Burton flashed skill throughout the 2011 season but also displayed inconsistency on the field. He has the size and physical skills to be a dime back/special teams player if he gets his act together and matures. Free Agent.

Larry Lumpkin, ILB, Carson Newman

6-0 | 234 lbs | 4.75s

Bio: All-conference selection last season after having 94 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and .5 sacks. Played for Alabama A&M the prior two seasons, posting 39/12/4 as a sophomore in 2010 and 43 tackles the prior year.

Positives: Tough, aggressive run defender who chases hard to get involved in the action. Quickly diagnoses plays, shows a terrific head for the ball and has an explosive nature to his game. Flows well laterally and easily gets outside the box in pursuit of plays. Slips past blocks and attacks ball handlers. Squares and wraps up at the point of attack. Flashes skill in coverage and displays the ability to stay downfield with running backs, then make plays when the ball's in the air.

Negatives: Lacks classic inside/middle linebacker size and will struggle stacking against the run or defeating blocks at the next level.

Analysis: Lumpkin showed a lot of skill the past three seasons and was a force on the field when focused on his game. He possesses the physical skills to be used as a backup linebacker/special teams player, but has never consistently shown the willingness to do the little things necessary to succeed in the NFL. Free Agent.

Adam Harris, FB, Syracuse

6-1 | 245 lbs | 4.85s

Bio: Two-year starter used primarily as a lead blocker. Carried the ball just two times for 10 yards last season while adding six receptions for 31 yards and one score. Began his college career at Cornell before walking onto the Syracuse program as a linebacker. Suffered three separate concussions during his college career and as of November 2011 was disallowed from participating with Syracuse.

Positives: One-dimensional fullback with limited physical skills. Breaks down well, plays with good knee bend and gives effort. Attacks blocking assignments, always looks for someone to hit and turns defenders off the ball at the point of attack. Displays good vision in his all-around game.

Negatives: Minimally athletic and displays limited quickness and speed. Struggles to finish blocks. Rarely used as part of the offensive game plan.

Analysis: Harris is a hard-working prospect who gets the most from his tools, but is a limited athlete with a history of concussions. As a result he's unlikely to receive free agent consideration. Free Agent.

Other Players Available

Scott Haughton, OT, Iowa State: Massive offensive line prospect (6-3, 345 pounds) who started every game at right tackle for Iowa State in 2009, then left the program due to poor grades. Spent time in the AFL with the Orlando Predators.

Montez Robinson, DE-OLB, Georgia: Played in 11 games with the Bulldogs in 2009, then was later dismissed from the program in April 2010, after two separate arrests over a six-month period.

Houston Tuminello, WR, McMurray: Played for Louisiana Tech in '08 and '09, accumulating 22 receptions during both seasons. Expected to transfer to Stephen F. Austin then Midwestern State. Ended up at McMurray in 2011, catching four passes in the three games he played.

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Re: Supplemental Draft Primer: Gordon has NFL teams buzzing

Postby widetrak21 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:01 am

Pretty interesting longterm moves by Holmgren/Browns. It'll be interesting to see how it pans out.
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Re: Supplemental Draft Primer: Gordon has NFL teams buzzing

Postby Confess_Jesus_Now » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:05 pm

Is he any good?

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Re: Supplemental Draft Primer: Gordon has NFL teams buzzing

Postby Pudge » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:26 pm

I don't know. I guess he's Kendall Wright but with character issues. But reportedly the Browns were hoping and praying that Wright would fall to pick #22, but the Titans snatched him up at #20, and thus they had to settle for their 2nd choice, which was Brandon Weeden. And they apparently liked Weeden a lot and thus why they didn't move up to get Wright, because they figured one or both would be there at #22.
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Re: Supplemental Draft Primer: Gordon has NFL teams buzzing

Postby Pudge » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:31 pm

From Len Pastabelly:

Never to be mistaken for George Allen, whose well-known suggestion about the connection between the time-space continuum and winning games stretched about as far as the tip of his nose, Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur might want to paraphrase the famously impatient Hall of Famer's legendary admonition.

Allen is well known for adopting the phrase "Future is Now" and his constant wheeling and dealing, including 131 trades, was more than a passing phrase.

With the investment of a second-round choice in Thursday's supplemental draft on former Baylor/Utah wide receiver Josh Gordon, the lone prospect selected in the special summer lottery, the Brown's future is, obviously, well ... the future.

Anything can happen between now (which is when Allen contended is the future) and the start of the season.

But the admitted projection by Cleveland officials for an offense that statistically ranked among the four lowest in the NFL in each of the past four seasons, and has been No. 23 or worse in all but one of the last 10 years, is to start rookies at quarterback (Brandon Weeden), tailback (Trent Richardson), and right tackle (Mitchell Schwartz); second-year veterans at one wide receiver spot (Greg Little), left guard (Jason Pinkston) and fullback (Owen Marcecic); and a third-year pro (Shawn Lauvao) at right guard. Add Gordon to the mix -- and Shurmur said after Thursday's draft that he expects the youngster to contribute as a rookie -- and it's clear that youth will be served on the Cleveland offense.

But will it be immediately serviceable?

Probably not, since the Browns might have just three starters -- center Alex Mack, perennial left tackle Joe Thomas and tight end Benjamin Watson -- with more than three seasons of previous league experience. And since, even though Weeden will turn 29 years old before he starts his sixth game, the latter of the club's two first-round choices almost certainly will suffer the inconsistencies inherent to any rookie at the position. Given that background, it's easy to criticize the early choice of Gordon, especially since the No. 2 pick forfeited by the Browns figures to be a slot high in the round in April 2013.

But the Browns, one assistant allowed Thursday evening, "desperately need some" offensive play-makers. And the feeling among team officials and coaches, who did as much background work, and maybe more, on Gordon, as any team in the league, is that he can partner with Little in the not too distant future to provide Cleveland with a pair of big, physical wideouts.

And maybe, given the recent history of second-round receivers, he can.

Little himself was a second-rounder and, while he rated among the NFL leaders in dropped passes in 2011, he still registered 61 receptions, third most among 2011 rookie wide receivers. Of the 21 wide receivers chosen in the second-round in the past five "regular phase" drafts, Little was one of six with 50 or more catches in his debut campaign. That's not a lot, you say, especially in a league that is so skewed to the pass? Maybe not, but after Little, the wide receiver with the second-highest number of receptions for the Browns was converted return specialist Josh Cribbs. Heck, nine of the 21 wideouts taken in the second round over the last five seasons posted at least 30 receptions as rookies. If Gibson can do that, he'll be about as productive for Cleveland as three-year veteran Mohammed Massaquoi (31 catches) was last season.

It's undeniably a ballsy gamble by the Browns -- one criticized in many quarters around the league, since no one has used higher than a third-round pick in the supplemental draft since Houston grabbed flop tailback Tony Hollings in 2003, and Gibson was the first wide receiver taken since Rob Moore in 1990 -- but it was one that Cleveland officials felt they had to make. One club official insisted to The Sports Xchange on Thursday night that the grade the Browns had on Gibson was "pretty damned close" to the one they assigned Kendall Wright, another onetime Baylor wide receiver, and the prospect Cleveland apparently wanted in the first round three months ago. When Wright went off the board to Tennessee two slots ahead of Cleveland, the Browns picked Weeden instead.

Also, there was a suspicion that Buffalo, the only team ahead of Cleveland in the weighted lottery the NFL conducts before the supplemental draft to determine the order of selection, might have tabbed Gibson at the top of the third round.

Time, something for which Allen had no use, will tell if the Browns won the bold gamble on Gordon, for whom it's believed no other team on Thursday afternoon submitted a second-round bid. For now, though, the Browns seem to feel that, in time, Gordon will be a productive receiver who will be able to emerge as all of the very young components of the club's offense grow into a viable unit.

The operative caveat there is "in time," something about which George Allen seemed to know very little, but in which Shurmur appears willing to invest.

--One underrated factor in Cleveland's selection of wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft was the quick success, relatively speaking, that the Browns experienced with Little in 2011.

The aforementioned drops aside, Little progressed fairly well as a rookie, and did so minus the benefit of any offseason work, because of the lockout.

It's clearly not the optimum situation, but Cleveland officials note that Mike Wilson did a nice job with Little last season, and that the wide receivers' coach learned from the experience of preparing a player without participation in minicamps and OTAs.

The situation for Gordon and Wilson will be similar, with very little exposure, none on the field, to the Cleveland offense before camp starts for rookies July 24. Wilson, kind of the unsung guy in the Browns' rationale to aggressively go after Gordon, will be expected to ready the rookie the same way he did Little last season.

Remember, because he was ruled ineligible by North Carolina officials for receiving improper benefits from agents, Little didn't play a single game the season before he was taken by the Browns.

Gordon didn't play at all last season, after transferring to Utah, after he was dismissed by Baylor following a marijuana-related incident. Gordon was also said by Browns' officials to have been very impressive, and notably candid about a background he described as "spotty," during his two-day visit with the team.

The Browns, who brought Gibson to Cleveland last Thursday and Friday, were the lone club to have him in for an official visit.

While just about everyone agrees that Gibson needs plenty of work on his route-running, his football acumen, the ability to translate concepts while working "at the board" and to assimilate principles of the Cleveland offense, were said to be very high.
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Re: Supplemental Draft Primer: Gordon has NFL teams buzzing

Postby The Mattural » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:36 pm

A second round pick is a steep price to pay for a WR who has character concerns and has never dominated in college. They passed on Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffrey, and Rueben Randle just to name a few in April's draft. If it all works out and he becomes the next T.O. then all will be forgiven but if he turns out to be more David Boston then the Browns will look like idiots come next april and their high 2nd round pick was spent on that guy.
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