NFL teams were informed on Monday of the eight prospects who will be eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft on Thursday, July 12. The draft will be conducted electronically beginning at 1:00 p.m. (ET). No other applications will be accepted.
The eight players eligible for next Thursday's draft:
DB Quaylon Ewing, Boise State
WR Josh Gordon, Baylor/Utah
FB Adam Harris, Syracuse
OT Adrian Haughton, Iowa State
LB Larry Lumpkin, Carson-Newman
DE Montez Robinson, Georgia
WR Houston Tuminello, McMurray
RB Ed Wesley, Texas Christian
The two most notable names on the list are Gordon and Wesley, who both project as mid-to-late round prospects.
WR Josh Gordon
Gordon began his career at Baylor, setting career-bests in 2010 as a sophomore with 42 catches for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. However his two-year stint with the Bears ended shortly before the 2011 season as he decided to leave the program after he was suspended indefinitely for an off-campus drug arrest. Gordon joined Utah and began practicing with his new team, but was forced to sit out last season due to transfer rules. In August 2011, Utah head coach Kyle Willingham said the Utes “did their homework” on Gordon and felt he “deserves a second chance.” But the wideout never officially played for Utah, leaving the program for undisclosed reasons.
Gordon has tremendous speed and natural athleticism for his 6-4, 220-pound frame, but is still very rough around the edges as a receiver. He is a long-striding runner with the build-up speed and fluidity to make plays after the catch. Gordon is raw as a route runner and has only one true season of playing experience in college and that came in Baylor's high-octane offense, catching passes from Robert Griffin III. He also carries off-field concerns stemming from his past drug arrest and has now decided to leave two different college programs, creating some concern about his professional demeanor.
In 2010, Baylor's top-three leading receivers were Gordon, Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams. Wright was drafted in the first round this past April and Williams is considered a possible first round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. That leaves Gordon who has the athletic skill-set to be an early round pick, but his inexperience and questionable background will drop him down draft boards. As unpredictable as the NFL Supplemental Draft is each year, Gordon will certainly be a wildcard on July 12.
RB Ed Wesley
Wesley shared the backfield duties last season with Waymon James and Matthew Tucker after his best season in 2010 with a team-best 1,078 rushing yards, earning First Team All-MWC honors. He leaves the college ranks with 2,442 career rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 10.9 yards per punt return on special teams.
Wesley (5-9, 200) has good vision, anticipation and decisive movements as a runner, but isn't overly elusive. He has battled the injury bug over his career, especially to his shoulder after missing three games last season. Wesley isn't guaranteed to be selected in the Supplemental Draft, but he was considered a mid-to-late round draft pick after his junior season.
Other eligible prospects for the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft:
CB Quaylon Ewing, Boise State
Ewing was dismissed from the Boise State football team in January 2012 because he "did not live up to the standards of the program," according to a team spokesman. He started four games last season as a redshirt sophomore cornerback, but struggled with inconsistencies in coverage and maturity issues off of the field.
FB Adam Harris
Harris started his career at Cornell, but desired to play for a FBS-level program and walked-on at Syracuse in 2009. He started 21 games the past two seasons before team doctors shut him down because of multiple concussions. Harris had one final season of eligibility left, but he recently left the program.
OT Adrian Haughton
Haughton started 17 straight games as a freshman and sophomore, but was dismissed from the program in the summer of 2010. Head coach Paul Rhoads cited a "violation of team rules" as the reason for his dismissal, but didn't give any details. The Florida-native most recently played for the Orlando Predators in the AFL.
LB Larry Lumpkin
This past March, Carson-Newman announced Lumpkin wouldn't be returning for his senior season due to academics. He earned First Team All-South Atlantic honors last season, finishing with 94 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. Lumpkin, who has experience at defensive end, inside and outside linebacker, began his career at Alabama A&M.
DE Montez Robinson
Robinson was a high-profile recruit out of high school in Indiana, choosing Georgia over LSU, Alabama and Auburn. At 6-5 and 240-pounds, he played only one season at Georgia as a true freshman back-up in 2009, recording five tackles and a pair of sacks. He was suspended in December 2009 and dismissed from the team in April 2010 because of multiple arrests, requiring jail time.
WR Houston Tuminello
Tuminello recorded 10 catches as a sophomore starter for Louisiana Tech in 2009, but left the team in October that season due to personal reasons. He spent the next few seasons between FCS-program Stephen F. Austin and Division III's McMurray, but wasn't productive on the field at either school.