NFL Supplemental Draft: Rams Should Draft Michael McAdoo

Brian TaylorCorrespondent IIIAugust 15, 2011

With the supplemental draft coming up in just two days, the name Terrelle Pryor has been flying around a lot. Another guy who could make a splash in the NFL via the supplemental draft is Michael McAdoo.

McAdoo is an athletic specimen at 6-7, 250 pounds—very similar to another emerging NFC West player, Calais Campbell.

McAdoo is in the supplemental draft for the very reason Rams' rookie Robert Quinn didn't play a season ago. McAdoo missed the 2010 season due to his interactions with agents. He tried to get reinstated by having the courts put an injunction on the NCAA, but those actions failed. So instead of missing out on his senior season, he has decided to enter the supplemental draft.

The draft value of McAdoo might not be too high because he wasn't a starter before the suspension. It appeared he was in line to start alongside Robert Quinn, however, if the 2010 season had been played out by each of them. He only had 3.5 sacks in his two seasons at North Carolina, but was a stand out in a 2010 preseason game, racking up 4 sacks.

If the draft value of McAdoo is in the fourth to seventh-round range, I would hope the Rams take a chance on him.

A fourth-round sounds high, but it could pan out. The Rams haven't had great success picking in Round 4 the past three seasons. The '08 choice of Justin King has been average considering where he was picked. Darell Scott, the pick in '09, might not make the squad this season. The same goes with 2010 fourth-rounder Mardy Gilyard, who finds himself competing with eight other receivers.

McAdoo would really have to work his way onto the team if the Rams draft him. He would be competing with George Selvie and C.J. Ah You for the fourth defensive end position. Both Selvie and Ah You showed potential as pass-rushers a season ago. The one thing neither of them has though is McAdoo's height.

Depending on how far he falls, McAdoo could be a good choice for a Rams defense that likes to get after the quarterback. It doesn't appear he has any serious character issues, and the mistake with the agents was one any player could've made. I believe that at this point, the Rams have enough leadership to add a guy like McAdoo.