Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:02 pm

McAdoo is in, too

A league source confirmed to NFLDraftScout.com the earlier reports of ESPN's Adam Schefter that former North Carolina defensive Mike McAdoo will be part of the NFL Supplemental Draft on August 17th.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound McAdoo was suspended for the entire 2010 season because he allegedly received improper benefits from an agent while also committed academic improprieties.  McAdoo tried to get the courts to slap an injuction on the NCAA to reinstate him, but Durham County Circuit Judge Orlando Hudson denied his petition.

The depth the Tar Heels have had at end over the past three years made it difficult for McAdoo to get on the field regularly. In 24 games in 2008 and 2009, McAdoo was credited with 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a reserve pass rush specialist.  

But his four-sack effort in UNC's 2010 spring game lead many to think big things were ahead for the Tennessee native. Not only did he display a nice first step in that scrimmage, but also surprising strength. NFL teams getting a hold of that film may project him as an immediate contributor as a pass rusher in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

The Redskins selected Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon in the third round of the 2009 supplemental draft.  McAdoo's skill set is far superior to Jarmon's, and his suspension was for relatively minor items in the grand scheme of things.

Unfortunately, his lack of game action and year-long vacation may prevent teams from using the equivalent of a top 100 selection in next April's draft to secure his services. On the other hand, it only takes one team to project him as a difference-making pass rusher for McAdoo to end up a higher selection than most expect next Wednesday.

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter      
Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 2:16 pm

Throwing their Hats into the Ring

League sources have told NFLDraftScout.com that two additional names have been named eligible for the Supplemental Draft to be held August 17th.

The NFL notified teams yesterday that former Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones and former Lindenwood University/Allen Wranglers' (IFL) defensive end Keenan Mace are eligible for the summer event, making the total number of potential draftees four after Georgia running back Caleb King and Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson were approved for the event earlier this week.

There is no word yet on the eligibilty of former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (who left OSU due to the "Tattoo Five" scandal) or North Carolina defensive lineman Michael McAdoo (UNC's academic scandal).

Jones had a break-out junior campaign in 2010, garnering first-team All-SoCon honors after picking off seven passes -- four coming in one game against Gardner-Webb (to go along with 12 solo tackles). A bit more slight than teams prefer at the position (175 pounds), larger receivers will have advantage over him in the run game and on downfield throws. He is not contact-shy, however, as he does not mind involving himself in run support, inserting himself into piles, and is a fair open-field tackler.

Jones flashes an ability to close on passes quickly, though his average speed will make it more difficult to stay with NFL receivers. His ability to reach throws to make the interceptions will be severely tested by the velocity of passes at the next level. Defenses relying on zone schemes could see him as a potential reserve/special teams contributor if he proves adept on coverage units.

The 6-foot-4, 313-pound Mace started seven of the team's 11 games at defensive tackle in 2010, making 24 tackles, five for loss and a sack to earn third-team all-conference honors. He also recovered three fumbles on the year. He did not play in 2008 or 2009, however, after a solid freshman performance (24 tackles, four for loss, 0.5 sack) because he had family responsibilities.

Mace played for the Allen (TX) Wranglers in the Indoor Football League this spring, where he had 43 tackles, including six sacks. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys for a few days at the start of camp before releasing him August 2nd.  

At Lindenwood, Mace flashed nice athleticism and nimble feet, chasing more plays east-west than expected at his size (Dallas' thought that he would fit as a 3-4 five-technique makes sense). His strength and quickness allowed him to push back and get around NAIA-caliber guards and centers into the backfield. Obviously he lacks experience, both in general terms and against a high level of competition, so he'll need to amp up his hand usage and prove his change of direction ability to make the transition in the NFL.
Overall, it seems unlikely a team would pick Jones or Mace in next week's supplemental draft -- especially considering the lack of time either would have to make an impression in their shortened training camps.

But both have enough potential to get abbreviated looks in camp after the draft and wind up on practice squads if performing up to snuff.

UPDATE: According to Howard Balzer of The Sports XChange, the Cowboys' contract with Mace was not approved by the league because he did not meet eligibility requirements. Thus, he was required to enter the supplemental draft to make his dream of playing in the NFL come true.

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Posted on: August 9, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 6:52 pm

'Im sorry, you're not on the list...'

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be standing outside the velvet ropes when the Supplemental Draft occurs on August 17th...though a late repreive is still possible.

Jason LaConfora of NFL Network reports that Pryor's name is not on a list of eligible players sent to teams by the league.  Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, countered on Twitter that he "spoke with NFL today and were told no decision made yet regarding Terrelle's eligibility for the supp draft."

In other words, stay tuned.
Former Georgia running back Caleb King was on the list provided to teams, as he was asked cordially not to return to the university due to the academics. His pro day will occur in Athens on August 15th.

Though he had earned the starting job for the Bulldogs after Washaun Ealey left school in May, King does not rank as above-average in any one category. Teams could consider using a late-round pick to secure King's services as solid north-south reserve back with some size and balance, but it won't be surprising if they just wait to sign him as a free agent after the event.
The other player on the supplemental draft list sent to teams was Northern Illinois safety Tracy Willson. Wilson started 17 of 34 games played for the Huskies, missing five games with a hamstring injury in 2010. He led the team with 93 stops in 2009 and racked up 23 stops in early match-ups last year against North Dakota and Iowa State before the injury hampered his effectiveness the rest of the year.

Wilson was a productive college player because he has good size (listed at 6-2, 203, probably a bit shorter than that) and likes to come downhill quickly (with bad intentions) to support vs. the run and prevent yards after the catch in zone coverage. His strong duck-and-swipe tackling and shoulder hits may not be as effective at the next level, however, and he lacks recovery speed to stay with most NFL skill position players down the field.

A strong pre-draft workout may entice a team to use a seventh round pick on him, but it's more likely he will try to earn a practice squad spot as a free agent and make an impact on special teams (he has potential as a gunner) if "called up" during the 2011 or 2012 seasons.
--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

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