The NFL's summer draft is upon us as nearly a half dozen players have decided to turn pro after being declared ineligible or partially suspended. Except for a few blips on the radar the supplemental draft usually offers sub-par prospects, but the excitement this year centers around several well known college players. Here are five prospects in the supplemental draft with a real chance to make it onto an active roster or practice squad come September, along with what pick a team should offer for the player.
QB, Ohio State6-5/230/4.73
Bio: Three-year starter at Ohio State that completed 65 percent of his throws for 2,772 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a junior in 2010, all career numbers. Also carried the ball 135 times for 754 rushing yards , adding four scores. Sophomore passing totals included 56.6 percent, 2,094 yards, 18 touchdowns and one interception with ground numbers of 162 carries for 779 yards and seven touchdowns. Initially suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling college awards and accepting improper benefits. Announced on June 8 he was leaving Ohio State.
Pros: Well-sized, athletic passer still very rough around the edges. Has a big league arm, can drive the deep throws or get passes through tight windows. Displays patience in the pocket, moves well on his feet and has the ability to scramble away from oncoming rushers and buy time for receivers. Effective carrying the ball, shows the ability to elude defenders and dangerous in the open field.
Cons: Displays a poor sense of timing on passes, generally inaccurate and has receivers waiting on throws or getting vertical in order to catch errant passes. Forces the ball into covered receivers. Ineffective reading defenses and does not find the safety. Holds the ball too long in the pocket and is indecisive.
Analysis: From a physical standpoint, Pryor grades well and would generally get consideration as a top 125 pick. Yet the athletic signal caller has not shown consistent improvement as a quarterback and all too often makes pedestrian mistakes throwing the ball. His arm strength and playmaking ability are worth a late-round choice at this juncture as Pryor offers potential as a red zone/wildcat type of quarterback that should be effective with the run/pass option near the goal line. 5th/6th round.
Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons, finishing the 2010 campaign with 80 carries for 430 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore totals included 114/594/7. Accumulated 16 receptions the past three seasons. Declared academically ineligible for the 2011 season in July.
Pros: Athletic, straight-line runner with a burst of speed and the ability to pick up the tough yardage. Patient, waits for running lanes to develop and has a burst through the hole. Keeps his feet moving on contact, gets a lot of forward momentum going and tough to bring down at the point of attack. Breaks tackles, picking up yardage off initial contact and effective handling the ball in short-yardage situations. Deceptive speed with the ability to pick up chunks of yardage from the line of scrimmage.
Cons: Struggles getting through the cutback lanes and loses a lot of momentum changing direction. Not an elusive ball carrier that makes defenders miss or consistently creates yardage. Best between the tackles and cannot beat defenders around the corner. Minimally effective as a pass catcher.
Analysis: King has been a quasi-productive college running back that's shown flashes of ability the past two seasons, yet never put together a complete game. The inability to secure himself as the feature runner at Georgia is testament to his inconsistency. King offers a lot of physical skill but needs to desperately take his game to another level and play up to his ability on an every-down basis. He has the skills necessary to make it as the third running back on the depth chart if he produces on special teams. 7th round.
DE, North Carolina6-5/250/4.77
Bio: Rotational lineman as a sophomore in 2009, participating in 13 games and finishing the season with 20 tackles, seven tackles for loss and one sack. Posted 9/3/2.5 as a true freshman in 2008. Ruled permanently ineligible last November by the NCAA for rules violations. Lost a lawsuit last month in a last attempt to be reinstated to the team.
Pros: Tall, athletic lineman that showed a lot of skill and ability when he played. Fluid off the snap, easily moves about the field and possesses a quick change of direction. Fast off the edge, displays a variety of pass rushing moves and is consistently behind the line of scrimmage making plays. Has nice length which he uses to be a disruptive force.
Cons: Lacks functional football strength and struggles getting off blocks once engaged at the point. Not a stout run defender.
Analysis: Off the '09 film McAdoo showed a tremendous amount of potential and looked as though he would be the next top defensive line prospect from the UNC program. Rules violations knocked his career off track and McAdoo now grades as a developmental prospect. He offers enough upside which would warrant a team stashing him on a practice squad for down the road possibilities. Free Agent.
CB, Western Carolina5-11/170/4.43
Bio: Moved into the starting lineup in 2010 and was awarded all-Conference honors. Totaled 62 tackles, seven interceptions and broke up five passes in 10 starts last season. Posted four tackles the prior year as a reserve defensive back.
Pros: Athletic cornerback with a nose for the football. Smooth and quick pedaling in reverse, can flip his hips in transition and shows a burst of speed. Drives to the ball out of his plant, plays with a large degree of suddenness and flashes on the scene. Shows terrific hands for the interception and very opportunistic.
Cons: Has a thin, wiry frame and loses out in battles or is easily blocked from the action. At times very quick to leave his backpedal and prefers to side-shuffle, which hurts his ability to break to the action.
Analysis: Jones produced a career season in 2010 and NFL scouts were hungry to see more. He possesses the underlying skills to line up as a dime back in the NFL, yet one productive season on a small school level will make it difficult for him to get many looks in the supplemental draft. Free Agent.
S, Northern Illinois6-0/200/4.55
Bio: Played in just eight games during his junior campaign, starting three after suffering through the 2010 season with a hamstring injury. Totals last season included 35 tackles and one interception. Led Northern Illinois with 93 tackles as a sophomore.
Pros: Tough, run defending safety with marginal size/speed numbers. Displays a good head for the ball, fast up the field and squares into tackles. Effective open-field tackler. Shows an aggressive nature to his game.
Cons: Marginal ball skills and struggles in coverage. Ineffective covering the slot receiver. Posted just one career interception and broke up only five passes in college.
Analysis: Wilson showed signs of being an NFL prospect as a sophomore then hobbled through his junior season with leg injuries which hampered his development. At the top of his game he's a potential zone safety but a player that must earn his wage as a special teams player. Free Agent.