June 12, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) catches during minicamp at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
It's July, the week of the 4th no less, which is pretty much the Marianas Trench of the NFL news cycle. With that in mind, imagine my surprise/shock/horror/delight to find a mock draft on Friday. That's right, the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft happens next week, and the good people at NFL.com put together a mock draft with lots of additional space used to note that there would no players picked in the first, second, third or fourth rounds.
The real action starts in the fifth.
Not technically Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon gets nabbed in this telling of the NFL's entry draft for college scofflaws. The Washington Redskins grab him with a fifth-round pick.
Gordon does have the raw physical traits teams want in their receivers these days, but he is a project, not to mention character risk. Gordon did not play at all last season after getting das boot from Baylor. He is probably the most attractive player available in the supplemental draft.
Should the Rams take a look? I'd say no. Brian Scottenheimer has his hands full with a young group of receivers. He and his offensive coaching staff not only have to bring along rookies Brian Quick and Chris Givens, they have to try to get last year's group of receivers and tight end Lance Kendricks up and running.
For those of you unfamiliar with the supplemental draft, teams use one of their 2013 picks to claim a player.
Between now and the start of the season the Rams, like most teams, will make a few more moves. The most likely additions for the Rams will be some veteran depth once training camp and the preseason reveal more about the team's needs and the current group of players' ability.