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Posted on: March 21, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 2:15 pm
 

ND WR Floyd arrested; Supp. Draft not an option?

The future of Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd's career is uncertain following an arrest early Sunday morning by campus police on a charge of drinking and driving, according to a report from Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune.

Floyd surprised many by announcing he would return for his senior season, but now his ability to play for the Irish in 2011 is in serious doubt. This is Floyd's second arrest since signing with Notre Dame. He was previously arrested for underage drinking in his hometown of Saint Paul, Minn.

As Hansen notes in his article, Notre Dame's athletic department does not investigate or determine the extent of any suspension handed down to their athletes. The Office of Residence Life makes these calls. Its prior track record suggests that Floyd could be suspended for the entire 2011 season due to this being his second offense.

Should Floyd be suspended for the season, his options could be limited. Transferring to another school is a possibility, though he'd have to transfer to a lower level university to be eligible to play this season. He is currently the No. 3-rated prospect overall for the 2012 draft by NFLDraftScout.com, and the top-rated wide receiver.

The NFL's Supplemental Draft has often been used as a sanctuary for prospects whose grades or other off-field issues have impacted their collegiate eligibility. Since Floyd missed the deadline for underclassmen to declare for April's draft, this would normally be an option he could consider. Last year, two players -- BYU running back Harvey Unga and Illinois' defensive tackle Joshua Brent-Price -- were each selected in the seventh round of the Supplemental Draft.

Floyd may have picked the worst possible time to be forced into considering the Supplemental Draft, however... since there may not be one.

Like everything else other than April's draft, the Supplemental Draft could be at the mercy of labor negotiations between the NFL owners and its players.

One high-ranking NFL source wasn't sure if the Supplemental Draft was part of the NFL's calendar at this point, adding that he "[didn't] think the league office even knows [that] right now."

A call to the league office for further comment and/or confirmation was not immediately returned.

The 6-3, 225-pound Floyd caught 79 passes for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He was especially impressive matched up against Miami cornerback Brandon Harris - a potential first-round pick this year - in Notre Dame's Sun Bowl victory against the Hurricanes. In that contest, Floyd caught six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.


Posted on: July 15, 2010 2:22 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2010 5:55 pm
 

Bears take Unga, Cowboys Price-Brent in Supp.


NFLDraftScout.com has learned that BYU running back Harvey Unga and Illinois defensive tackle Joshua Price-Brent have been drafted today by the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, respectively. Both players were drafted in the 7th and final round.

Unga and Price-Brent were the only two of the four prospects eligible for today's Supplemental draft that were selected. Running backs Vanness Emokpae (Truman State) and Quentin Castille (Northwestern State) are now considered unrestricted free agents and can sign with any NFL team.

I'm writing a full article on today's events, which will be posted on NFLDraftScout.com in the next few hours. It is now available here.


Posted on: July 15, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: July 15, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Supplemental "mock" draft -- my final predictions

Predicting the April draft is difficult enough, but I thought it would be fun to try an educated guess as to which NFL teams will take which of the four eligible players in today's Supplemental draft.

Today's draft, which begins at 1 pm EST, is expected to take 60-75 minutes, as each round is supposed to take 10 minutes. Unlike the April draft which features all of the hype, hoopla and grandiose parading on stage, this draft is done strictly via email between the league, itself, and each of the 32 teams.

The inherent risk in projecting which club will take which player is that I (or others) may be completely right in predicting Team X will take Player Y, but if another team with a higher selection takes the player, we'll never know. The NFL has never released the actual "results" of the supplemental draft in years past. Of course, they announce the "winners," but we'll never know, for example, if there were other teams that also wanted former Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon last year in the 3rd-7th rounds. Washington offered the highest pick -- a third rounder -- last July and, as such, was awarded Jarmon.

Here is what I've learned over the past 24 hours...

Two of the teams I'd previously heard were interested in BYU RB Harvey Unga are clearly not -- the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks did not bring in Unga for a physical, I'm told, and let's face it, with Unga's history of injuries, no team is going to draft him that hasn't had their doctors check him over.

There does appear to be legitimate interest by the Eagles, Bucs, Steelers, Dolphins and Chiefs for Unga.

Detroit, New Orleans and Green Bay appear to be the most interested in defensive tackle Joshua Price-Brent.

My final predictions?

Both players go in the 6th round. Unga is taken by the Bucs or Chiefs; Price-Brent is taken by the Lions.

Care to try and beat me? I'd be interested to read your takes. You have two hours (or so) to weigh-in.





Posted on: July 14, 2010 6:57 pm
 

Price-Brent's stock rising; Unga's 'settling'

With less than 24 hours before the NFL's annual Supplemental draft I polled various league sources to find all of the latest buzz surrounding its four applicants and the NFL teams likely to get involved.

Though BYU running back Harvey Unga has generated most of the pre-draft hype, I'm told it could be Illinois defensive tackle Joshua Price-Brent who is drafted first.

There are a few clubs thought to be quite high on the former Illinois standout. There is talk that Price-Brent is earning 4th round grades from some scouts -- though I'd be surprised, quite frankly, if any player was picked this high. Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco, St. Louis and Green Bay are all thought to be interested. The value of the defensive tackle position, Price-Brent's size (6-2, 321) and his 20 career starts under respected coach Ron Zook were all given as reasons why the big run-stuffer is generating some late buzz.

Unga's stock, on the other hand, was characterized as "settling" by one league source.

Unga's production and strong running speak for themselves, but his 4.63-4.73 second times in the 40-yard dash at his July 8 Pro Day and lingering right ankle sprain only added to the perception that he was too slow and injury-prone to ever be a full-time back in the NFL. Few teams are willing to invest anything more than a very late pick in a running back specialist this close to training camp -- and a specialist is exactly how some scouts are characterizing the three-time Mountain West Conference honoree.

I'm hearing 6th-7th round for Unga with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Miami having all expressed some interest. There is some talk Unga could slip out of the draft, entirely. If he did so, I was assured he'd have several teams offering him a free agent contract.

The forecast doesn't appear to be as warm for the two other players eligible to be selected in Thursday's draft.

There doesn't seem to be a great deal of interest brewing for running backs Vanness Emokpae (Truman State) and Quentin Castille.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:39 pm
 

Don't let the 4.6 fool you, Unga a legit NFL back

Former BYU running back Harvey Unga had his Pro Day Thursday for NFL teams interested in selecting him in the July 15 supplemental draft.

According to those in attendance of the workout, Unga left scouts impressed with his overall athleticism in running back drills and having caught every pass thrown to him.

The number that will get most of the attention, of course, is the 4.63 second time most are crediting Unga with running in the all-important 40-yard dash.

Earlier today I compared former Illinois defensive tackle Joshua Brent-Price's workout numbers from his Pro Day to those of similarly built defensive tackles tested at the 2010 Combine.

There were only three true running backs drafted in 2010 who ran slower times at the Combine than the 4.63 Unga ran today. Those three -- Anthony Dixon (4.72), Jonathan Dwyer (4.69) and Charles Scott (4.7) were all drafted in the sixth round by the 49ers, Steelers and Eagles, respetively.

Like with these three backs, Unga's time in the 40-yard dash is deceptive. He boasts a powerful downhill running style that wears out defenses. He also possesses quicker feet, better lateral agility and better vision to enjoy success as the big back option in the committee running games so en vogue in today's NFL.

According to published reports there were 20 teams in attendance, with six other clubs requesting film of the workout.

With at least 26 of the league's 32 teams interested in Unga, his status as a "sure" draft pick July 15 remains secure -- even if his time is slower than some had forecasted.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:03 pm
 

League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

Contrary to previous reports, Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli did not fill out the necessary paperwork to be included in the NFL's July 15 Supplemental draft, meaning that there is only four players available, according to league sources.

The four are running backs Harvey Unga (BYU), Quentin Castille (Northwestern State, Nebraska transfer) and Vanness Emokpae (Truman State) and defensive tackle Joshua Brent-Price (Illinois).

Of the four, only Unga and Brent-Price are expected to earn serious draft consideration. Unga is viewed as the only "sure" pick; most likely to get selected in rounds 5-7. Brent-Price is athletic, big (6-2, 321 pounds) and plays such a valuable position that sources expect some club to gamble on him in the 7th round.




Posted on: June 24, 2010 10:46 am
 

Masoli a big name, but unworthy of a draft pick

Though he hasn't yet made it official, former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is expected to officially make himself eligible for the NFL's Supplemental Draft July 15.

Like most of the prospects who apply, however, Masoli has a very slim chance of actually getting drafted, however.

The myriad of off-field concerns Masoli brings with him is just one reason why scouts I spoke to in recent days expect that every NFL club will elect to pass on the talented, but troubled quarterback.

Masoli was suspended from the team for the entire 2010 season in March for his role in the theft of laptops and a guitar from an Oregon fraternity. He remained on scholarship and practiced with the team, though under the conditions of his agreement with head coach Chip Kelly, Masoli would not have been eligible to play for the Ducks until 2011.

Masoli got himself in further trouble in early June when he was pulled over and cited for marijuana possession and driving infractions. Two days following the citation, Masoli was offiicially kicked off the team.

Masoli's obvious character red-flags, themselves, are enough to pull him off some NFL teams' draft boards. The cold reality is, however, that Masoli's lack of height and downfield accuracy already meant that few teams would be looking at him as a quarterback. While his athleticism was enough to make him Oregon's leading rushing quarterback of all time (1,386 yards), it isn't enough to project him as a wide receiver, running back or safety, according to scouts.

Said one scout, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, "Sure he was productive for [Oregon], but where do you play him in the NFL? He might be listed by the school at 5'11, but he's closer to 5-09... And think again about just moving him to receiver. If he runs faster than the mid 4.6s, I'd be surprised."

Though Masoli and Illinois defensive tackle Joshua Brent-Price (who also hasn't yet officially been deemed eligible) have earned some late attention from teams, it seems that BYU running back Harvey Unga remains the only lock to be drafted this year.
 
 
 
 
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