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NO DICE ROLL: Dallas Cowboys pass on today’s NFL Supplemental Draft

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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys did not select any of the six players eligible for today’s NFL’s supplemental draft.

UCF defensive end Toby Jackson, Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross, South Alabama cornerback Damond Smith and two UNLV defensive linemen — James Boyd and Nate Holloway — were available to be selected, but no team made a pick.

Last year the Cowboys used a fourth-round pick for wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was selected in the second round by Cleveland. In 2010, the Cowboys selected defensive tackle Josh Brent in the seventh round.

It is possible the Cowboys could look at one or two of the prospects as free agents. To sign one, the Cowboys would have to release a player to remain at the 90-man limit.

2013 NFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT: Six players declared eligible this season

WR DeWayne Peace, Houston - 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft - The Boys Are Back blog

NFL teams were alerted over the holiday weekend of the six players eligible for Thursday’s supplemental draft.

Alphabetically, they are:

DE James Boyd, UNLV
DT Nate Holloway, UNLV
DE Toby Jackson, Central Florida
WR DeWayne Peace, Houston
WR O.J. Ross, Purdue
DB Damond Smith, South Alabama

The two most prominent players are the receivers Peace and Ross (pictured above), who combined for 110 passes for 1,057 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 and were being counted on by their collegiate teams to produce even more as seniors.

Like most supplemental draft prospects — including several others from this year’s class — Peace and Ross requested special eligibility for inclusion into the NFL’s annual July draft because each ran into trouble at school.

Peace caught 54 passes for 603 yards and two scores in 2012 for the Cougars. Ross caught 56 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns in 2012 for the Boilermakers.

Ross is the more dynamic athlete of the two.

WR O.J. Ross, Purdue - 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft - The Boys Are Back blog

The 5-11, 186-pounder possesses good quickness to make defenders miss and above average hands.He is more quick than fast, however, and may not possess the top-end speed teams are looking for in a mid-sized wideout. Ross was productive over his three seasons at Purdue after signing as a highly regarded prep out of Ormond Beach, Florida and leaves the school with 100 receptions for 959 yards and six scores. He saw time as a kick returner as a freshman, averaging 23.1 yards in 12 opportunities.

He was placed on indefinite suspension from the team in February for a violation of team rules. He previously missed the 2011 Little Caesars Bowl due to academics.

Peace was deemed academically ineligible and kicked off the team just last month. Like Ross, the 5-11, 190-pound Peace offers good lateral quickness but he does not possess the speed to run away from defenders.

While the receivers are the most productive players in the 2013 supplemental class, scouts could be just as intrigued by the defenders eligible this summer, including a quick-footed cornerback who reportedly already caught the eye of one NFL team.

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CALMER HEADS PREVAILED: Cowboys resist temptation in today’s supplemental draft.

The Cowboys did not select a player in today’s supplemental draft.

They were not alone in their restraint.

Josh Gordon was the only player selected. The former Baylor receiver went in the second round to Cleveland. The other seven players eligible were all ignored and can now scramble to sign free agent contracts.

The Cowboys did have an interest in Gordon and would have been willing to try to pick him up in the middle of the draft. But with the Browns taking the wide receiver early in the second round _ the highest a player has gone in the supplemental draft in the last nine years _ the Cowboys would have had to expend a first round pick in order to obtain Gordon.

That price was too steep to consider.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Josh Gordon reportedly won’t fall past third round

In Around the League’s heart-stopping Supplemental Mock Draft 1.0 , had former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon getting drafted in the fourth round. One report suggests that’s a round too late.

Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk and Rotoworld reports that at least one NFC team has assigned a third-round grade on Gordon . Some Baylor folks believed Gordon was a superior player to Tennessee Titans first-round draft pick Kendall Wright when both players were at Baylor.

On Silva’s Twitter account, he goes even further. He said there’s “no chance” Gordon will get past the third round and added the team is from the NFC East. Which means we are going to conduct some irresponsible guesswork.

It’s hard to imagine the New York Giants would be interested in Gordon considering their depth at receiver. (They also just drafted LSU’s Reuben Randle.) The Philadelphia Eagles seems like a long shot with all their talent at the position.

That leaves Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys , two teams that could certainly use a developmental wideout. (Our Supplemental Draft correspondent Henry Hogdson had the Redskins taking Gordon in our mock draft.) Dallas has a huge need at its No. 3 position, and Jerry Jones isn’t afraid to be aggressive. Washington used a pick in the third round of the 2009 supplemental draft on Jeremy Jarmon.

The Supplemental Draft is a lot like NFL free agency. It’s never a bad thing if the Cowboys or Redskins get involved.

Bryan Broaddus: The Who’s Who of the Supplemental Draft

On July 12th, the NFL will hold it’s supplemental draft for those college players that due to special circumstances ask the league to allow them a special opportunity for early access to the league. Some might deal with off-the-field problems or unable to keep their grades up or a family emergency where the player needs to try and take care of his family now instead of a year from now.

I always got a kick every year how the NFL would hold it supplemental draft during the time that most personnel departments are on vacation. But there will be a different feel to this year’s draft because there are a couple of players that are worth teams diving in on.

There are eight names for the draft but I am going to break down the three players that I feel will most likely be selected. I will start with Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon.  On tape there is a lot to like about Gordon and I will start with his size at 6-3 and 220 pounds. The time I have on Gordon is 4.43 in the 40 but he appears to play much faster than that. For a tall guy he has really good start – stop quickness which is usually a trait that tall receivers don’t have. He is fluid in his movement and he able to adjust to the ball in route. Most of his work is done on the outside. Is a physical player coming off the line and is not afraid to mix it up with corners.

He’s a slippery player with the ball in his hands. Has the ability to take short passes and make them long gains. Has a burst with the ball in his hands. Only saw him drop one ball on a crossing route against Texas A&M and even then, he really had separation on the corner. Does a nice job of catching the ball in his hands and quickly getting up the field. Does a really nice job of catching the ball on the move. Can cover some ground.

If he has a weakness, it’s his inexperience in running many routes. That is something that he is going to have to be taught. Baylor had a receiver that went to Tennessee in the first round this year named Kendall Wright who you saw in different places in the formation and down the field. This player is not like that but you can feel him when he is running with the ball in his hands.

Where teams are going to have to make the call on Gordon is that are the off-the-field issues something that you cannot handle? This is one talented football player that will most likely go in the 3rd round because in my view, in the 2013 draft, you will not be able to select a player of his kind of ability.

My next player that you need to keep an eye is right here from Ft Worth and TCU. Running back Ed Wesley reminds me of one those backs that use to carry the ball for Mike Shanahan with the Broncos or even now with Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans.

Wesley plays in a spread offense where the majority of his carries are inside hand offs out of the shot gun. Wesley is a one-cut back that is physical in his running style and tries to punish the tackler at every chance he gets. It’s a rotating system at TCU so there are times where you see him on the field then off for two plays. Wesley will take the ball, locate the hole then lower his head and bounce off defenders. When he does burst through the hole, he can show a little burst but he doesn’t have the extended speed that you would see from a home run back. In the SMU game, he was caught from behind in the open field on a long run.

Where Wesley is productive is catching the ball out of the backfield. Have seen him start in motion, then turn it up the field snatching the ball out of the air. Looks like he has natural hands and does not struggle to catch. Gave nice effort as a blocker that plays with a little pop but isn’t in the same class as a guy like Phillip Tanner. Needs a better base after the strike. Like the player overall and see him with a team that likes to run the stretch play allowing him to press the hole hard then make a cut. Does two of the three things well for a NFL running back. Will get an opportunity because of his ability.

The final player that I feel has an opportunity to get selected in this upcoming supplemental draft is Boise State cornerback Quaylon Ewing-Burton. This young man started four games for the Broncos in 2011 and finished the season with 26 tackles and one pass break up.

When Ewing-Burton made his starts it was at left corner but he did get some snaps on the right side as well. Was used as a blitzer like a former Boise corner, Orlando Scandrick but he didn’t have the same burst or quickness that Scandrick shows. When you study Ewing-Burton you see a player with quick feet but like I mentioned, you don’t see the quick reactions. There are times when he pedals where he has to gather to come forward. There were times where he didn’t show good balance. In the Colorado State contest, the receiver took him on a vertical route and his foot work was all messed up and he struggled to recover on the route but the quarterback over threw the receiver.

The best trait he has is his ability to be a physical player. He loves to get his hands on receivers and try to control them in route. He also does a nice job as a point of attack player when it comes to tackling. Had seven tackles in the Fresno St game that I watched.

The young man is from Houston’s Kempner High School and was a productive player there. I have talked to several scouts that will be making the trip to south Texas to put him through a workout. If someone can work him through his balance and foot work issues, he is more than a physical enough player to play. I personally like the young guys on this squad like Lionel Smith and Isaac Madison more.

Five fascinating NFL Supplemental Draft picks

Brian Bosworth - Seattle Seahawks

The NFL Supplemental Draft will take place on Thursday, July 12, and unlike its better-known sibling, there will be no Radio City Music Hall fanfare for the players taken. Likewise, you won’t find Mike Mayock, Mel Kiper Jr. and their spawn spouting endlessly about the relative virtues of the prospects that will be taken in the supplemental draft.

Prospective top prospect Josh Gordon, a wide receiver out of Baylor who hasn’t played since 2010 , isn’t likely to be winning a starting spot anytime soon. Last year, the buzz was around Ohio State quarterback Terrell Pryor, who was eventually picked in the third round of the supplemental draft by the Oakland Raiders in the last questionable drafting decision of Al Davis’ career.

It wasn’t always the obscure afterthought, though, that headlined the supplemental draft. Here’s five fascinating picks of past drafts:

5. Bobby Humphrey‘s meteoric NFL career began when the Denver Broncos made him a first-round pick in the 1989 supplemental draft, and his rookie numbers of 1,151 yards helped the Broncos to a berth in Super Bowl XXIV against the San Francisco 49ers . Humphrey followed up with a Pro Bowl spot in 1990, but also the inevitable contract renegotiation, which ultimately ended his tenure with the Broncos. A trade to the Miami Dolphins did nothing to reignite Humphrey, and his promising career ended in a fizzle.

4. Brian Bosworth is now better known as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, but the highly-touted Oklahoma linebacker was so well thought of when picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 1987 supplemental draft that he was handed the largest rookie contract of all time at that point — 10 years for $11 million. Bosworth is proof positive that all that glitters in the supplemental draft is not gold.

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3. Steve Walsh‘s selection by Jimmy Johnson in 1989 was curious for many reasons, not least that he had invested a first-round pick in quarterback Troy Aikman just weeks earlier. Johnson spent another first-rounder on Walsh, with whom he had won the 1987 national championship at the University of Miami.

Walsh actually won the Dallas Cowboys starting job ahead of Aikman in his rookie season, starting five games — including the team’s only victory that year — before being benched for the eventual three-time Super Bowl winner. Walsh was traded to New Orleans a year later, and wound up playing for six NFL teams in an undistinguished 11-year NFL career.

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2. Bernie Kosar‘s manipulation of the NFL’s long-established draft rules allowed him to play with his preferred team, the Cleveland Browns , after they traded away their 1985 and 1986 first-round picks for the Buffalo Bills ‘ top pick in the 1986 draft.

They then used that pick to select Kosar with the first overall pick in the 1985 supplemental draft. Sound complicated? The fact that Kosar effectively chose to play for the Browns made him an instant ‘Dawg Pound’ favorite, and when Bill Belichick released Kosar in 1993 and replaced him with Vinny Testaverde he lost the support of Cleveland’s loyal fans.

1. 2012 prospect Josh Gordon can take some hope from Cris Carter‘s introduction to the NFL. Picked in the fourth round of the supplemental draft by the Philadelphia Eagles , Carter’s NFL career didn’t begin well. After being released by Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan following extensive off-field problems with drugs, Carter excelled with the Minnesota Vikings in his second NFL stop, putting together a career that could one day have him in Canton.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: NFL Supplemental Draft set for Thursday, July 12

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NFL teams can’t totally take off the Fourth of July holiday. They have to prepare for another draft.

The league informed teams Monday that the supplemental draft will be conducted electronically beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 12.

The following players are eligible to be drafted: Boise State DB Quaylon Ewing, Utah WR Josh Gordon, Syracuse RB Adam Harris, Iowa State OT Adrian Haughton, Carson-Newman LB Larry Lumpkin, Georgia DE Montez Robinson, McMurray WR Houston Tuminello and TCU running back Ed Wesley. No other players are eligible to apply for the draft.

Josh Gordon is likely to receive the most attention from media and teams in the buildup to the draft. Former NFL scout (and current analyst) Daniel Jeremiah, said Gordon is building some buzz among teams. Measuring 6-foot-4, weighing 225 pounds and possessing good speed, Gordon looks the part of a pro wideout.

NFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT: Baylor WR would be worth risk

NFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT: Baylor WR Josh Gordon could be worth risk | The Boys Are Back blog

Obviously we know about a former Baylor quarterback who went No. 2 in the draft. Cowboys fans will likely worry about one Robert Griffin for years to come.

And his favorite receiver in 2011 was also a first-rounder as Kendall Wright went to Tennessee at No. 20.

But there is another former Baylor receiver who could possibly be just as good as Wright, if not better.

Josh Gordon, who sat out last season after being suspended for violation of team rules, has entered the NFL’s Supplemental Draft, scheduled for July 12. Rules for this draft haven’t changed much over the years. Team must designate a draft round as a bid for the players available and then forfeit that round in next year’s draft.

In 2010, the Cowboys put a seventh-round bid for Josh Brent, therefore losing the seventh-rounder in 2011.

As for Gordon, he’s definitely worth the risk.  And he’d be worth the draft pick, too.

The next three questions are obvious:

  • Just how good is he?
  • What kind of risks are we talking about?
  • And how high of a pick should a team be willing to part with?

Obviously the Cowboys and other teams will have differing answers to all three.

Gordon was arrested once in 2010 for marijuana possession but was only suspended for the first quarter of a game against Texas Tech in Dallas. He caught a touchdown pass on the first ball thrown to him in the second quarter.

In 2010, Gordon caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns.

After that season, Gordon was suspended again and later removed from the team. He tried to transfer to Utah last year but ended up sitting out the entire season.

While he might seem like a problem child, the coaches at Baylor say he’s one of the better kids they had on the team.

Secondly, he’s a freak of a player. He’s 6-4 big, 225-pound strong and 4.3ish fast. Big, strong, fast receivers with great hands are typically worth the risk.

And that’s for any team. Now factor in the fact the Cowboys don’t have much depth at receiver and will enter training camp with about six guys (with a combined 25 catches) vying for about three to four backup spots.

Taking a chance on Gordon could be worth it. Even if you had to part with a third- or fourth-round pick next year. If he keeps his head on straight, he can be really good. Sure, it’s a high-risk / high-reward situation but for a position of need like this, I’d be aiming for the rewards.

Terrelle Pryor won’t be a Dallas Cowboy

The Oakland Raiders used a third-round pick Monday in the NFL’s supplemental draft to select former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

The Raiders announced the selection on Twitter. Oakland forfeits its third-round selection in the 2012 draft.

Pryor will not be eligible to practice with or play for Oakland during the regular season until the team’s sixth game. When he was allowed to enter Monday’s draft, he was handed a five-game suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell. Pryor has said he will not appeal the suspension.

His selection by the Raiders hardly is surprising. Oakland often makes bold moves in the draft because owner Al Davis covets size and speed. Pryor ran a 4.36 in the 40 during his workout for 17 NFL teams Saturday. At 6-foot-5 and 232 pounds, he is similar in height to JaMarcus Russell, the LSU quarterback chosen No. 1 overall by the Raiders in the 2007 draft.

But Pryor is much more mobile. As a junior, Pryor had his best season statistically, throwing for 2,772 yards and 27 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also ran for 754 yards and four scores while helping the Buckeyes win the Sugar Bowl.

Oakland’s starting quarterback is Jason Campbell, now in his second season with the Raiders after being acquired from Washington, where he spent five seasons.


Cowboys quiet in supplemental draft

The NFL’s supplemental draft is over.

The Cowboys chose not to take part.

The club did not use a pick in Monday’s draft. That means it will retain all of its current picks in 2012.

The supplemental draft is a chance for qualified underclassmen who didn’t request early entry into the regular draft to have a chance to enter the NFL. If a team chooses to take part, it will lose that corresponding pick in the regular draft.

The Cowboys did jump into the supplemental draft last season, using a seventh round pick to select nose tackle Josh Brent. The club lost that pick in the 2011 draft, but still picked up two players in the seventh round _ Bill Nagy and Shaun Chapas _ through previous trades

Terrelle Pryor works out, says he won’t appeal suspension

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Terrelle Pryor worked out for 17 NFL teams Saturday and said afterward he wouldn’t appeal his five-week suspension at the start of the NFL season

With the former Ohio State quarterback trying to prove he should be taken in Monday’s supplemental draft, spectators included Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and director of football operations Kevin Colbert and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Pryor, appearing in top shape, worked out at a high school stadium near his hometown of Jeannette, Pa. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds and threw an array of passes.

“I would like the opportunity to play quarterback,” he said, “but I’ll do anything that a team needs me to do to win.”

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel also made an appearance, supporting his former star player after resigning under pressure amid an NCAA investigation that Pryor and others improperly sold memorabilia.

Pryor left school for the NFL after Tressel’s departure.

“Did great,” Tressel said of the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Pryor. “He would help lots of teams.”

The NFL allowed Pryor into the draft Thursday with the caveat that he wouldn’t be allowed to practice for the team that selected him until Week 6. The quarterback would have faced a five-game suspension had he stayed at Ohio State.

Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told The Associated Press on Thursday that “we accept that voluntarily.” But the player’s attorney, David Cornwell, told ESPN Radio on Friday that it was “likely” the five-game punishment would be appealed once Pryor signed an NFL contract.

Pryor said Saturday there would be no appeal. He also said he would sign with any team that picked him in the supplemental draft instead of trying his chances again in the regular draft in the spring.

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