Paul Oliver was the last player the Chargers drafted in the NFL's supplemental draft. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The NFL announced a list of eight players who are eligible for the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. The following is the complete list of players eligible for the July 12 draft:
- Boise State DB Quaylon Ewing
- Baylor WR Josh Gordon
- Syracuse RB Adam Harris
- Iowa State T Adrian Haughton
- Carson-Newman LB Larry Lumpkin
- Georgia DE Montez Robinson
- McMurray WR Houston Tuminello
- TCU RB Ed Wesley
At 6'4" 220 pounds, Gordon has the size teams like to see in a receiver. He did not play at all last season because of a suspension. He transferred to Utah, but will not play there in light of his decision to enter the NFL Supplement Draft.
The Chargers shouldn't bother with any of these players. Head Coach Norv Turner has already been quoted as saying that competition during this year's preseason will some of the stiffest he's seen. Using a supplemental draft pick costs you a pick in the same round of the next April draft. And with all that competition the drafted player may not make the team and therefore become a wasted pick. Suffice it to say the team should not be wasting picks.
It is worth noting that the team has achieved some success in the supplemental draft. Paul Oliver was selected in the 2007 Supplemental Draft. He started games for the Chargers, but was probably never worth the 4th round selection that was used on him. Jamal Williams was selected in the 1998 supplemental draft back when Bobby Beathard was still GM. That pick worked out very well.