The NFL’s annual summer draft takes place Thursday, July 15, as a handful of players have made themselves eligible for the supplemental draft. Usually the final stop for players who’ve reached the end of the road in college due to suspension, dismissal or academic ineligibility, this years’ version has only a pair of players that would be deemed draftable. With that being the case here are scouting reports for defensive tackle Josh Brent of Illinois and BYU ball carrier Harvey Unga. Update: Unga to Bears & Price to Dallas
The two main prospects in today’s supplemental draft were both selected in the 7th round this afternoon. Harvey Unga was selected by the Chicago Bears while the Dallas Cowboys took Josh Brent.
We reported from his pro-day back on July 8th that the Chicago Bears had brought Unga to their facility for a visits.
Both Chicago and Dallas will now forfeit their selection in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Josh Brent DT Illinois 3Jr
Bio: Two year starter who posted 29 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and three sacks as a true junior in ’09. Sophomore totals included 34/8.5/1.5. Measured 6-feet, 2-inches and 321-pounds on his pro-day. Marks included 22 reps on the bench, 29-inch vertical jump and a 5.41-forty.
Pos: Displays terrific initial quickness and gets off the ball with a nice first step. Flashes power in his lower body and bulrushes opponents off the ball. Fluid changing directions, smooth moving about the field and relatively athletic. Has a thick build for the inside.
Neg: Really does not use his hands well and for the most part, once blocked, stays blocked. Looks sluggish, poorly conditioned and does not chase the action hard. Arrested in February of 2009 on a DUI charge and subsequently served time in jail the following June. Declared academically ineligible for the 2010 season.
Analysis: We put Brent on our radar screen off the 2008 film as he showed flashes of skill and was a prospect we thought possessed an upside. Unfortunately his play last year was nothing less than disappointing. While Brent shows NFL ability on occasion, his game lacks consistent effort and overall production. He has the size, basic athleticism and skill to play at the next level yet Brent must turn up every facet of his game to make it out of a camp this summer. Prediction: Free Agent
Harvey Unga RB/FB BYU 4Jr
Bio: Three year starter who set a MWC freshman rushing record in 2007. Junior ground totals included 208/1087/5.2/11 with pass catching numbers of 16/121/7.6/1. Sophomore numbers included 240/1132/4.7/11 on the ground and 42/309/7.4/4 catching the ball. Career numbers of 244/1227/5.0/13 on the ground and 44/665/14.9/4 as a pass catcher came during his freshman season. Dismissed from BYU after breaking the school code of conduct. Results of his pro-day workout can be found here.
Pos: Possesses solid running vision, finds the cutback lanes as well as the open seams in the defense. Patient and waits for blocks to develop. Runs north/south. Strong, keeps his feet moving on initial contact and tough to bring down. Breaks tackles, runs over defenders or carries the pile. Terrific pass catcher with soft, reliable hands. Resilient and works until the whistle blows. Better than average footwork for a bigger back with the ability to make defenders miss in a small area.
Neg: Shows minimal quickness and burst in his game. Loses momentum when he must immediately change direction. Best in a straight line and not a cutback runner or one that can turn the corner. Rarely used as a blocker.
Analysis: Unga stood out on film in 2007 as the feature runner in BYU’s offense. His game is built around power though Unga has also been a productive and consistent pass catcher out of the backfield. Despite his lack of blocking on the college level, we like Unga as a potential fullback for a west coast offense or possibly a number three half back in a power running system. Prediction: Sixth Round