Posted on: June 4, 2011 4:45 pm
There has been a great deal of speculation that Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor would make the jump to the NFL via the July supplemental draft, but I spoke with two NFL sources in the past few days that believe Pryor would be making a mistake in doing so.
One source characterized Pryor as a "mid-round pick at best" if he were to enter the supplemental draft. Both sources questioned whether the Buckeye passer had the poise and accuracy to be successful in the NFL.
Perhaps just as interesting is the fact that both sources had reservations about the 6-6, 235 pound Pryor's ability to make the transition from quarterback to wide receiver or any other position in the NFL. Pryor was characterized as a "basketball player playing football" and one whose lack of maturity could make it difficult for him to find a niche in the pro game despite his obviously unique combination of size and athleticism.
Pryor, of course, was suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after it was discovered that he and several teammates had received free tattoos in exchange for memorabilia gained from playing at Ohio State.
Pryor is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 senior quarterback prospect and a 2nd-3rd round value. The NFL sources were considerably lower on him, however, and weren't shy with their concerns.
Said one scout, “He [Pryor] is a nice college player playing in a system that caters to his strengths. He’s a basketball player playing football, though, when it comes to the NFL. He’s not a quarterback. He doesn’t have the makeup, the release or the accuracy for it. And he isn’t one of those guys that you can make into another position. He’s going to run well and people are going to get excited about him, but he isn’t a football player. What you’ve seen at Ohio State – on the field and off – is what you get with him.”
I sent in the initial article to my editors today and expect to see the finished product on NFLDraftScout.com on Monday.
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:45 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 12:46 pm
Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is a talented player that head coach Brian Kelly would no doubt love to feature in 2011.
Unless, Floyd is willing to focus his attention on becoming a better player, rather than partying, however, Kelly sounds willing to look elsewhere for big plays in the passing game -- at least according to Eric Hansen's report in the South Bend Tribune.
Hansen quotes Kelly as saying,
“We’re looking at Mike [Floyd] as an ‘all in or not’ situation.” “In other words, he’s changing his life or he’s not. If he changes the way he’s lived his life, he’ll play every game for us. If he doesn’t, he won’t play one down here at Notre Dame. “He is at that level. This is not, ‘I’m going to slap you on the hand and sit you for two games’ — because I don’t want to read about him in a year, where it says, ‘Ex-Notre Dame player arrested for X-Y-Z.’ That will be a failing on my part if that happens.”
Further in the article, Kelly explains some of the steps that Floyd has taken to earn back his position on the team.
“He had a number of things he had to take care of, and he’s checking off the boxes,” Kelly said. “But he’s got a number that are still out there.
Floyd, already Notre Dame's career leader in touchdown catches (28) and ranking second in school history in catches (171) and third in receiving yards (2,539), has been had three alcohol-related run-ins since signing with the Irish in 2008.
Floyd's latest arrest (March 20) was for suspicion of a DUI and generated plenty of speculation that he'd be kicked off the team. According to Hansen, Floyd was arrested with a blood-alcohol content of 0.19%. Indiana's legal limit is 0.08.
Floyd strongly considered leaving Notre Dame after his junior season for the 2011 NFL Draft. The team and Sun Bowl MVP likely would have been a second round pick. Should he elect to participate in this summer's Supplemental Draft, he'd likely fall a round or two further.
To keep even this grade, he'll need to resurrect his image - which may or may not occur at Notre Dame.
Posted on: March 21, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 2:15 pm
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
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
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.
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: July 13, 2010 6:21 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 9:35 pm
Supplemental draft hopeful Vanness Emokpae's Pro Day workout for NFL scouts is available on YouTube.
In the July 6 workout, Emokpae runs through the variety of drills NFL scouts use in grading prospects -- the 5-10-5, three cone drill, vertical jump, etc. He also is put through running back drills and asked to catch a variety of passes.
Emokpae appears to be in good shape with a broad, defined upper body. He shows good overall athleticism, but doesn't demonstrate the rare explosiveness most teams are looking for at the running back position.
Emokpae, 6-1 and 240 pounds, has the bulk to convert to fullback, but would have to learn to play with a level of physicality he didn't show on previous film.
My grade (and Supplemental draft expectation) for Emokpae remains the same after viewing this workout. I believe he has the size and athleticism to consider as an undrafted free agent, but is not a draftworthy commodity. The trick with Emokpae is not determining if he's talented or a hardworker. I'm told he is. The trick is finding a role for him to warrant a roster spot.
See Emokpae's workout for yourself.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:39 pm
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
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.