Bonus round, that seems like one of the better terms for the NFL Supplemental Draft. Just how big of a bonus it actually is can be debated. The hype machine around NFL prospects is a powerful thing, operating in an echo chamber and the media's itchy trigger finger. Rarely do the projections pan out for the players drafted. This year the media is fawning over former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon, one of a trio of eight total players eligible for the draft on Thursday.
Are any of them worth a look for the Rams?
I ran down the entire list of candidates at SB Nation, throwing a dart at predictions. Gordon is easily the most coveted player, and many pundits have been tossing around the idea of him being had with a second-round pick. I suspect when all the smoke clears Gordon will fetch a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
Almost two dozen teams have shown interest in Gordon. I have not been able to confirm whether or not the Rams were one of those teams, but I have my doubts. Naturally, the Rams could use him, and he is almost a clone, on the scouting reports anyway, of Brian Quick, St. Louis' second-round pick this year. The difference with Gordon and Quick, one of them, is that Quick actually played football in 2011. Also, I like Quick's hands better.
Running back Ed Wesley is another name that could get plucked with a seventh-round pick. The TCU product is shifty and powerful, but not particularly speedy. The Rams have Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson from the April draft on the roster.
Larry Lumpkin, a linebacker, is the one player that the Rams have definitely shown interest in recently. Obviously, the Rams need help at the position and need to perform due diligence in finding talent. I actually predicted that the Rams sign him as an undrafted free agent, based on very positive reports from his pro day. It's a shot in the dark on my part, and I think the linebacker depth chart will be further manipulated once teams start making cuts in the days before the seasons starts.