While everyone else tuned out of the NFL Supplemental draft today after the Cleveland Browns selected former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round, former Carson-Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin, former TCU running back Ed Wesley and five other players sat on the edge of their seats, waiting for a call that never came.
Wesley and Lumpkin had both been productive college players, but neither presented a compelling enough package of strengths and lack of weaknesses to persuade a team to spend a seventh-round pick.
Adam Caplan of the Sideline View reported that a few teams "seriously considered" taking Wesley in the seventh round.
That means he should have no problem finding a team willing to give him a tryout in training camp and not make an end of the roster cut to open up a spot for him to sign a contract. Running backs are a fungible commodity in the NFL, and Wesley's pro day earlier this week saw him post quality, but not special numbers.
Lumpkin supposedly had drawn interest from 19 teams, and two, the Saints and Seahawks, actually sent representatives to his pro day yesterday. His play on the field—albeit at a lower level of college football—was very productive, which should be enough to at least get into a camp on a tryout basis.
As for former Syracuse fullback Adam Harris, former Iowa State offensive lineman Adrian Houghton, former McMurry wide receiver Houston Tuminello and former Georgia defensive end Montez Robinson, this could be the end of the line for their NFL dreams.
An eighth prospect, former Boise State cornerback Quaylon Ewing-Burton, might get a call for a tryout, but he generated little buzz after his pro day.