Every year during the lull of the offseason the NFL conducts the "Supplemental" NFL Draft for players who missed the opportunity to declare for the regular draft. The supplemental draft is for players who anticipated playing college football this season, but for some reason will be ineligible. This year the supplemental draft will be held on July 12th.
The supplemental draft only features a few players each year (eight this year) and operates differently than the normal draft. The supplemental draft is more of a blind auction, where teams submit a draft position they are willing to give up in next year's draft for a player. The team that is willing to give up the highest pick for a player "drafts" him and forfeits the wagered pick.
The Redskins are no strangers to the supplemental draft; you may remember the Redskins selected defensive end Jeremy Jarmon in the third round of the 2009 supplemental draft. Terrelle Pryor was the highly-touted name in last year's supplemental draft, after leaving Ohio State in anticipation of a suspension. Now, we will look at this year's supplemental draft candidates and how the Redskins should proceed.
Quaylon Ewing-Burton is an average-sized defensive back (6'0", 180 lb) with underwhelming talent. Ewing-Burton was only able to start four games last season for Boise State, registering 26 tackles and one pass defended. Ewing-Burton was dismissed from the team for "failing to live up to the standards of the program" and was not expected to make the roster next season.
While the Redskins are in need of talent in the secondary, Ewing-Burton is not worth wasting even a seventh round pick on. The cloud of suspicion around his dismissal is enough to send up red flags, and his poor play should answer any remaining questions.The Redskins already invested two seventh round draft picks in corners Richard Crawford and Jordan Bernstine, and have high hopes for undrafted free agent Chase Minnifield.
Josh Gordon will be one of the more popular supplemental players, and will likely be drafted at some point. In 2010, Gordon caught 42 passes from RG3 for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns. Prior to the 2011 season, Gordon transferred to the University of Utah, but never saw the field.
At 6'4, 225 pounds with good, long strides, it is hard to not like Gordon on paper. Add in the connection with his former quarterback Robert Griffin III, and you can begin to the argument for possibly using a late-round pick on Gordon.
There are two significant problems that will prevent the Redskins from spending a pick on Gordon: his time off and the full depth chart. The Redskins have already made significant investments in the wide receiver position this offseason in Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. Couple that with Gordon's two years removed from competitive football and I see no way the Redskins submit a pick for Josh Gordon.
Adam Harris is not your typical supplemental player, as he chose to walk away from football last season. In November 2011, Harris received a concussion and made the decision at the time to walk away from football for what he thought was for good, according to a YouTube interview with the young fullback. Now Harris is back, looking to fulfill his lifelong dream in the NFL.
The Redskins' backfield is already overcrowded with Roy Helu, Tim Hightower, Evan Royster, and Alfred Morris. Morris has also been getting work at fullback, so I see no reason why the Redskins use a pick on Harris. Harris is a good all-around athlete who will get a chance somewhere in the league, just not in Washington.
Adrian Haughton is a massive offensive tackle (6'4, 360 lbs) who played arena football for the Orlando Predators last season. At this point there is very little known about Haughton outside of the basic information listed. Expect more details to come out over the next week as teams dig in to each player's past.
The Redskins have struggled on the offensive line in past years, but a high quantity of resources has been spent to bring in players over the years. Just this year alone, the Redskins drafted Josh LeRibeus, Adam Gettis, and Tom Compton. Unless there is some special scouting report tucked away on Haughton, do not expect to see the Redskins submitting any king of wager.
Larry Lumpkin is another player with very little known about him. According to SB Nation, he was the best defensive player for Carson-Newman but was academically ineligible for his senior season.
The Redskins could use some elite talent at the inside linebacker position, but the supplemental draft is not the place to find it. London Fletcher is the most consistently underrated middle linebacker in football, and Perry Riley will get his opportunity to prove he is the other full-time starter. If Riley fails, fourth round pick Keenan Robinson or Jonathan Goff may be called into action earlier than expected.
Montez Robinson has the history of a more typical supplemental draft pick: violent criminal charges and team dismissal. Robinson was dismissed from Georgia in 2010 after being charged with battery and criminal damage. Robinson began on the defensive line but had transitioned to outside linebacker at the time of his arrest.
If there is one position on the Redskins' defense that does not need any help, it's outside linebacker. The Redskins boast one of the youngest tandems in pro bowl-caliber talent in Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Both players were first round picks who made the switch from defensive end to outside linebacker in a 3-4.
With solid production from the outside linebacker position and a troubled past, I do not expect the Redskins to spend any picks on Montez Robinson.
Houston Tuminello is a smaller receiver (6'0, 190 lbs) who spent his first two seasons at Louisiana Tech. Tuminello eventually transferred to McMurray, and it is unclear why he will not be returning for his senior season. In his two seasons with Louisiana Tech, Tuminello caught 22 total passes for under 200 yards and one touchdown.
If there were going to be a wide receiver worth gambling on in the supplemental draft, it would be Josh Gordon. Tuminello has far too little production, and a clouded history at McMurray. As stated earlier, the Redskins already have an overly-crowded wide receiving core.
It would be one of the safest bets of all time to say the Redskins do not spend a pick on Tuminello.
Ed Wesley will give Josh Gordon a run for the most "touted" player in this year's supplemental draft. Wesley comes from a respected program in TCU, where he gained over 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons. According to John Taylor of NBC Sports, the exact nature of Wesley's departure is unclear, but it has been reported as "family reasons."
Wesley is an intriguing player with some pro talent and potential. In all likelihood he would have been a mid- to late-round pick in the 2013 draft had he stayed at TCU. While his departure will raise some questions, Wesley is sure to be selected at some point in this year's supplemental draft.
As I stated earlier, the Redskins' backfield is full at this point, and there do not appear to be any openings in the near future. Shanahan appears to be content with the running backs he has, and if there is one position Shanahan knows best, it's the running back.