A half-dozen uninspired prospects await the 2013 supplemental draft, which is set for tomorrow. At the end of the day it is unlikely any of the six players will be selected, but a pair of receivers could quickly sign NFL contracts once the event has officially completed.
Bio: Junior college transfer who led Houston in receiving last season with 54 receptions for 602 yards and two touchdowns. Started six games in 2012, missing three contests while serving a suspension for violation of team rules. Reserve receiver in 2011 playing in 11 games and totaling 13 receptions for 105 yards. Ruled academically ineligible for the 2013 season then left the program.
Pos: Adequately sized receiver with solid pass catching skills. Quick off the line, immediately gets to top speed and sells pass routes. Uses hand technique to separate from defenders, comes back to the ball out of pass routes and quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Easily adjusts to the errant throw, consistently extends to make the reception away from his frame and deceptively fast.
Neg: Not a true burner or vertical threat. Had only one productive season on the college level. Consistently struggled with off the field issues.
Analysis: Peace was a developing college receiver coming off his breakout campaign last season and a player we thought had late round potential entering the 2014 draft process. He possesses natural hands and solid overall receiving skills yet has no outstanding physical trait in his game. Considering prior off the field and academic issues, it’s unlikely Peace will be selected at any point during the supplemental draft. He is worth signing as a free agent after the draft and being placed on a practice squad for potential future development.
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons. Posted 56 receptions, 474 yards, two touchdowns in 2012 after 33/356/3 as a true sophomore in 2011. Suspended indefinitely last February for violating team rules.
Pos: Explosive, athletic receiver who displayed consistent development the past three seasons. Quick to top speed, has a burst and beats defenders out of pass routes. Settles into the open spot of the defense, for the most part catches the pass with his hands and flashes skill running after the reception.
Neg: Not a big bodied receiver and easily knocked off balance by larger defensive backs. Will struggle handling jams at the next level.
Analysis: Ross showed consistent progress on the field the past two seasons and was graded as a potential late round choice entering his senior year. He’s a terrific athlete with potential as a slot receiver in the NFL yet a prospect who still needs work on his game. While Ross would have greatly benefited from another year on the college field, he is worth brining into camp this summer to see what he offers as a slot receiver/return specialist.