Baylor receiver Josh Gordon tops players in NFL supplemental draft
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The Minnesota Vikings haven't selected a player in the NFL supplemental draft in 24 years, and that's unlikely to change this year, but there's at least one prospect who could be intriguing.
The NFL informed teams on Monday that eight players have been declared eligible for the supplemental draft, which will be conducted via email at noon on July 12.
The list includes: Boise State defensive back Quaylon Ewing, Baylor receiver Josh Gordon, Syracuse running back Adam Harris, Iowa State tackle Adrian Haughton, Carson-Newman linebacker Larry Lumpkin, Georgia end Montez Robinson, McMurray receiver Houston Tuminello and TCU running back Ed Wesley.
Gordon is the highest-profile member of the players, who were cleared to enter the supplemental draft because of changes in their eligibility since the NFL Draft in April.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Houston native had 42 catches for 714 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore at Baylor in 2010 but left the program before last season following an off-campus drug arrest. He then enrolled at Utah and sat out the season, only to leave that program as well.
Teams that use a pick in the supplemental draft give up a pick in the corresponding round of the following year's NFL Draft. The Vikings haven't done so since 1988, when they used a fifth-round pick on South Carolina receiver Ryan Bethea. He never appeared in a game.
The only player selected in last year's supplemental draft was quarterback Terrelle Pryor, whom the Oakland Raiders took with a third-round pick. Halfback Caleb King, who wasn't selected, signed with the Vikings for a $5,000 bonus. He was released in April after being arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault.