The NFL confirmed that the 2012 Supplemental Draft will be held on July 12th beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern. This Draft is for players who could not file for the NFL draft in April because of academic or other issues that affected their eligibility. Eight players will be available for any team to make a bid on. I’ve already told you about TCU Running Back Ed Wesley and Baylor Wide Receiver Josh Gordon, so let’s get you up to speed on the other six. They are Boise State Defensive Back Quaylon Ewing, Syracuse Running Back Adam Harris, Iowa State Offensive Tackle Adrian Haughton, Carson-Newman Linebacker Larry Lumpkin, Georgia Defensive End Montez Robinson and McMurray Wide Receiver Houston Tuminello.
Quaylon is a 6-0, 179lb. Cornerback who played 2 seasons for the Broncos after Redshirting his Freshman year in 2009. As a Sophomore in 2011, Ewing appeared in all 13 games, starting 4. He made 26 Tackles, one Pass Broken Up and was in on one Tackle For Loss. He made one appearance in a Reserve role in 2010. The story on Quaylon is that he was dismissed from the team in January for failing to live up to the program’s standards. There is record of maturity issues as well.
Prediction: No team will waste a 2013 draft pick on a player with maturity issues (except maybe Pete Carroll). If he makes it to the NFL, it will be as a Practice Squad player who had a good try out with a team.
Harris (6-2, 232 pounds) played Linebacker at Cornell, transferred to Syracuse and became a Fullback, ended up with three concussions and took the Doctors advice and stopped playing to give his body the chance to heal. The University offered an opportunity to acquire his masters in exchange for joining the track & field team., so Harris turned his attention to the shotput. Harris is known for his hard work and physical toughness and is not a character concern.
Prediction: This guy sounds like another version of Spencer Larsen. If he doesn’t get taken on July 12th, he may end up on some team’s Practice Squad. Adam is determined to get his chance and has said he will be at the Pro days next year if he is passed by.
Haughton is a 6-4, 360 lb. Tackle who will get noticed by front offices just by his size. He appeared in 28 games and started 21 at Right Tackle for Iowa State in 2008 and 2009. He was moved to Guard in the Spring practices of 2010 and it looked like the position fit him. He was dismissed from the Cyclones on May 19, 2012 for violating team rules. No details were disclosed. Haughton played in 13 games this year for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League.
Prediction: He will get a long look because of his size. If he gets chosen, it will be because a team has had time to do their homework.
Lumpkin, a 6-0, 240 lb. Inside Linebacker, was Alabama A&M's fifth-leading tackler in 2010. He finished with 39 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 12 Tackles For Loss, one Pass Break Up, an Interception and two Forced Fumbles.
According to A&M Inside linebackers coach Jay Martin,
"Larry was a playmaker for us, but he had a lot of issues. He was constantly late for meetings and would miss practice at least one day a week. He was very undisciplined."
That lack of discipline made him request his release. It was apparent that he felt he needed to be somewhere better, so he transferred to Carson-Newman, not exactly a step up. Lumpkin’s academic issues followed him and he was forced to miss his Senior year. Larry made 94 Tackles, including 10 For a Loss, as a Junior last season.
Prediction: He will go undrafted. This one sounds like he has a little bit of a Maurice Clarett attitude. The grass is always greener over the septic tank, but you never find the pot of gold when you chase rainbows.
Robinson, 6-5, 254 lbs., last played football as a freshman at Georgia in 2009. He was dismissed from the team in April 2010 after his 3rd arrest in a six-month span, all on battery charges involving domestic disputes with a female student at Georgia. He finished his freshman season as a member of the freshman All-SEC team at defensive end, but had just five tackles – 2.5 for a loss – for the year.
Prediction: No way a team will take a chance on this guy. It’s too bad because he had some potential. A 4,58 40 Time, a 34" Vertical and a max Bench of 320 to go along with a frame with room to grow. Like Dean Wormer said, "Drunk, angry and stupid is no way to go through life."
Tuminello is a 6-0, 190 lb. Wide Receiver who played two seasons at Louisiana Tech before transferring to McMurray. He had 10 catches for 76 yards and a score in 2009 and 22 catches for 193 yards and a score in his career. He quit the team in October of 2009 after 4 games. Apparently he transferred to Stephen F. Austin University at one time. There is no information on him at McMurray.
Prediction: This kid has no focus or direction, he can’t make up his own mind and he’s a quitter. By the time he grows up, his window will have passed, just like all 32 NFL teams will do on July 12th.
According to pro football talk, NFL V.P. of Football Communications Michael Signora said that the league informed teams Monday that the draft will be held electronically on July 12. The draft will follow the same procedure as the regular draft with a team forfeiting their pick in the 2013 Draft to select a player in the supplemental process.
Will the Denver Broncos take a flyer on any of these players? Probably not. But now you know the rest of the story.
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