Former TCU RB Wesley Leads 'Best of the Rest' of 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft
This year's supplemental draft class is led by a 6'4" 225 lb. wide receiver with elite speed, but there is at least one of player deserving of mention who could get drafted.
While former TCU running back Ed Wesley doesn't have any of the gaudy measureables that former Baylor wideout Josh Gordon can claim, he does have a better background than his middling 2011 numbers would indicate.
Wesley, who left the team in May for "family reasons," only had 726 yards rushing last year, which wasn't even good enough for tops on the team (that honor would go to sophomore Waymon James). Before the Horned Frogs turned to their three-headed backfield last year, Wesley was the Mountain West Freshman of the year in 2009 and an All-Conference first-team performer in 2010. He also was a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award given to the most outstanding running back in college football.
Wesley is "only" 5'9" 200, so he's not a power runner, but he is a high effort running with a nice low center of gravity. He's a good receiver out of the backfield, and Wesley can definitely find a home in the NFL as teams continue to move towards a multi-back approach in the running game. Wesley is no lock to get drafted, but he could be good enough to induce a team to use a sixth or seventh-round pick.
On this somewhat comical touchdown run against Baylor, you can see Wesley's burst and ability to make a subtle change of direction as he attacks the hole without losing speed:
The other six players eligible to be taken are:
Boise State Cornerback Quaylon Ewing-Burton: Ewing-Burton is a 6'0", 179 cornerback who started four games for the Broncos this year before being dismissed from the team for not living up to the standards of the program.
Iowa State Offensive Lineman Scott "Adrian" Houghton: Houghton is a 6'3", 340 "road grader" who started for Iowa State at right tackle in 2009 and part of 2008. He was dismissed from the team in 2010 for undisclosed reasons.
Syracuse Fullback Adam Harris: A special teams standout and starter, Harris was barred from playing football by the school after a review of his concussion history following a head injury last November against Cincinnati.
Carson-Newman Linebacker Larry Lumpkin: A first-team All-South Atlantic conference performer, Lumpkin did not return to the team this year because of academic issues.
Georgia Defensive End Montez Robinson: A defensive end/linebacker 'tweener, Robinson was arrested three times in domestic violence incidents early in his career and dismissed from the team in 2010.
McMurry Wide Receiver Houston Tuminello: Tuminello spent time at Louisiana Tech and Stephen F. Austin before landing at tiny McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
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