There doesn’t seem to be a Josh Gordon-talent in this year’s supplemental draft, but there are a couple of intriguing names worth keeping in mind from now until Friday. Probably the biggest name is former SMU running back Traylon Shead, who has the upside to make an impact in the pros after some seasoning. Shead played JUCO ball after joining Texas out of high school, and June Jones expected him to be a big-time back for his program after he transferred from the junior college ranks, picking the Mustangs over bigger programs in the state. However, injuries prevented Shead from doing much, but he did flash as a power back.
Shead’s agent Louis Bing told NJ.com’s Conor Orr that the New York Giants and eight other teams took a look at the 6’2″, 240-pound back, as he held his own Pro Day on the 2nd of this month. That’s a nice crop of teams, but there wasn’t much better out there for these teams to kick the tires on. If Shead is selected in the supplemental draft, then it probably wouldn’t be until later on.
Still, he has plenty of talent, and it’s at least worth remembering his name. Does he fit the Giants? Maybe, because the team seems to like big backs like him, but they are already stocked with depth at the running back position after signing the solid Rashad Jennings, drafting former Boston College star Andre Williams (a bruiser between the tackles), and they have Michael Cox, Peyton Hillis, and, of course, David Wilson returning from last year; I just don’t see room for a flier.
Update: Bing told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio that the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Indianapolis Colts were the other eight teams.