No Teams Jump In the Supplemental Draft Pool

The NFL held a Supplemental Draft on Thursday and nobody came.

For the first time since 2008, the league’s 32 teams did not use any of their 224 draft choices for next year on any of the half-dozen players available.

Why wouldn’t at least one team take a shot with a late-round draft choice? Supplemental draft choices seldom turn out to be worth the trouble. There were 5 players selected in the NFL Supplemental Drafts 2009-2012. None have had any sort of impact:

  • 2009 – DE Jeremy Jarmon/Washington: out of the league.
  • 2010 – RB Harvey Unga/Chicago: active for final game of the 2012 season.
  • 2010 – NT Josh Brent/Dallas: the alcohol fueled driver whose accident killed a teammate last year.
  • 2011 – QB Terrelle Pryor/Oakland: despite quarterback problems, Pryor can’t get the starting job.
  • 2012 – WR Josh Gordon/Cleveland: had a nice rookie season but will start the 2013 season on the suspended list for violating NFL substance abuse regulations.

The last time a supplemental choice proved to be a worthy player was in 1998, when the Chargers used a 2nd-fround selection to take NT Jamal Williams. He ended up playing 13 seasons in the league and went to 3 Pro Bowls.

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