Last July, the Raiders surprised everyone when they selected Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round. This year, many will be surprised if Josh Gordon -- the top prospect available -- is selected with anything lower than a second-round pick.
Teams will have the opportunity Thursday to submit bids on the players they want; whoever commits the highest pick to a prospect is awarded the player and will have to forfeit that pick in the 2013 draft next April.
6-3 | 224 lbs. | 4.50s
Bio: Started five of 13 games as a sophomore in 2010, finishing with 42 receptions, 714 yards and seven TDs. Saw action in nine games during the 2009 campaign. Suspended from the Baylor program in July 2011 for violation of team rules, then transferred to Utah. Forced to leave the Utah program due to financial constraints. Attempted to transfer to Houston for the 2012 season but was told he would have to sit out the season due to NCAA regulations.
Positives: Tall, fluid pass catcher with tremendous upside potential. Plays with great balance as well as body control. Has large, soft hands and easily makes the reception in stride. Consistent hand catcher and extends to make the reception away from his frame. Shows quickness into pass routes and uses his frame to shield away defenders and protect the ball. Displays good eye/hand coordination and makes the difficult reception with defenders draped on him. Quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception and keeps the play in bounds trying to pick up positive yardage. Deceptively fast for a large receiver. Effective downfield blocker.
Negatives: Rough around the edges and needs work on the details of the position. Lacks a quick release off the line of scrimmage and is a long strider who takes a while to get to top speed. Not a sharp route runner. Does not show a second gear on the field. Productive just one season on the college field.
Analysis: After Gordon's breakout campaign in 2010, NFL scouts were excited for his future before the suspension interrupted his career. He's a tremendous athlete who has an effortless style and possesses the physical abilities to develop into a No. 1 receiver at the next level. At one time considered a better prospect than former teammate Kendall Wright, the first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans last April. Gordon will need time to develop his game, but he's worth the risk of a second-round selection. Second Round.
5-8.5 | 196 lbs | 4.70s
Bio: Started nine of the 10 games he played last season and finished with 120 carries for 726 yards and six TDs on the ground, with six receptions for 82 yards. Posted career rushing numbers of 166/1,078/11 when he started 13 games as a sophomore in 2010. Left the TCU program in May to attend to family related issues.
Positives: Patient runner with terrific vision and instincts. Waits for blocks to develop, quickly finds the running lanes and displays the ability to bounce around piles or avoid defenders. Runs with good lean, flashes strength in his lower body and the ability to run through tackles. Effectively uses his blocks everywhere on the field and looks natural catching the ball out of the backfield.
Negatives: Does not display a physical nature to his game. Lacks the skills to break long runs from the line of scrimmage. One-speed, one-cut ball carrier with limited speed and quickness.
Analysis: Wesley was very productive carrying the ball at TCU the past three seasons, but lacks the size and speed to be anything other than a part-time player in the NFL. The ability to find yardage between the tackles, as well as effectively catch passes out of the backfield, could help him secure a roster spot as a rotational back. Seventh Round.
6-0 | 184 lbs | 4.52s
Bio: Started three games last season, finishing with 26 tackles and breaking up one pass. Dismissed from the team in January after not living up to the program's standards. Initially planned on transferring to Sam Houston State, but opted for the supplemental draft.
Positives: Nice-sized cornerback who's effective facing the action. Fluid pedaling in reverse, can flip his hips transitioning to run with opponents downfield and displays a solid burst to the ball out of his break. Keeps the action in front of him and plays with good awareness. Strong at the point, physically beats down opponents to defend throws -- wraps up tackling.
Negatives: Over-pursues the action and takes himself from plays. Plays back on his heels at times. Lacks elite cornerback speed. Has shown a pattern of immaturity in his career.
Analysis: Ewing-Burton flashed skill throughout the 2011 season but also displayed inconsistency on the field. He has the size and physical skills to be a dime back/special teams player if he gets his act together and matures. Free Agent.
6-0 | 234 lbs | 4.75s
Bio: All-conference selection last season after having 94 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and .5 sacks. Played for Alabama A&M the prior two seasons, posting 39/12/4 as a sophomore in 2010 and 43 tackles the prior year.
Positives: Tough, aggressive run defender who chases hard to get involved in the action. Quickly diagnoses plays, shows a terrific head for the ball and has an explosive nature to his game. Flows well laterally and easily gets outside the box in pursuit of plays. Slips past blocks and attacks ball handlers. Squares and wraps up at the point of attack. Flashes skill in coverage and displays the ability to stay downfield with running backs, then make plays when the ball's in the air.
Negatives: Lacks classic inside/middle linebacker size and will struggle stacking against the run or defeating blocks at the next level.
Analysis: Lumpkin showed a lot of skill the past three seasons and was a force on the field when focused on his game. He possesses the physical skills to be used as a backup linebacker/special teams player, but has never consistently shown the willingness to do the little things necessary to succeed in the NFL. Free Agent.
6-1 | 245 lbs | 4.85s
Bio: Two-year starter used primarily as a lead blocker. Carried the ball just two times for 10 yards last season while adding six receptions for 31 yards and one score. Began his college career at Cornell before walking onto the Syracuse program as a linebacker. Suffered three separate concussions during his college career and as of November 2011 was disallowed from participating with Syracuse.
Positives: One-dimensional fullback with limited physical skills. Breaks down well, plays with good knee bend and gives effort. Attacks blocking assignments, always looks for someone to hit and turns defenders off the ball at the point of attack. Displays good vision in his all-around game.
Negatives: Minimally athletic and displays limited quickness and speed. Struggles to finish blocks. Rarely used as part of the offensive game plan.
Analysis: Harris is a hard-working prospect who gets the most from his tools, but is a limited athlete with a history of concussions. As a result he's unlikely to receive free agent consideration. Free Agent.
Scott Haughton, OT, Iowa State: Massive offensive line prospect (6-3, 345 pounds) who started every game at right tackle for Iowa State in 2009, then left the program due to poor grades. Spent time in the AFL with the Orlando Predators.
Montez Robinson, DE-OLB, Georgia: Played in 11 games with the Bulldogs in 2009, then was later dismissed from the program in April 2010, after two separate arrests over a six-month period.
Houston Tuminello, WR, McMurray: Played for Louisiana Tech in '08 and '09, accumulating 22 receptions during both seasons. Expected to transfer to Stephen F. Austin then Midwestern State. Ended up at McMurray in 2011, catching four passes in the three games he played.