Will Chiefs Play In The Supplemental Draft?

On Thursday the NFL will hold a Supplemental Draft for four players who have been declared eligible for the selection meeting.

As they’ve done since the Supplemental Draft began 33 years ago, the Chiefs do not figure to be active in this affair. Only once before have they used a choice in the extra draft. That came in 1993, when they used a second-round selection on DE Darren Mickell out of Florida.

(Like all NFL teams, the Chiefs selected three players in a special Supplemental Draft in 1984 of players that were under contract in the USFL: OL Mark Adickes, CB Lupe Sanchez and CB Garcia Lane.)

There have been 38 players selected in the Supplemental Draft since it began in 1977. That year it was RB Al Hunter coming out of Notre Dame, who was grabbed by Seattle in the fourth round.

This year, the player who has drawn the most attention is RB Harvey Unga (left), the leading rusher in Brigham Young history, who saw his career in Provo, Utah end with a violation of the school’s honor code rule against pre-marital sex. His son Jackson was born on the Fourth of July to his fiancé Keilane Moeaki. She’s the younger sister of Chiefs draft choice TE Tony Moeaki.

Will the Chiefs bring the soon-to-be brothers-in-law together? That’s hard to say, but considering the importance that Clark Hunt/Scott Pioli/Todd Haley place on draft choices, it’s doubtful they will give up any sort of value pick for Unga, read fourth-round or higher.

First, running back is not a position of great need for the Chiefs, not with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones on the roster. Obviously with Jones turning 32 next month, a younger power-back type is needed in the big picture. But those types of runners are available every year. Unga is a good back, but nothing exceptional when it comes to his athletic skills. He’s 6-1, 244 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in the high 4.6s. Unga has good hands, but is not very adept as a blocker. There are questions about his work ethic.

A sixth or seventh-round choice would be appropriate for a player like Unga.

Joining Unga in the supplemental pool are RB Vanness Emokpae (right) out of Truman State, RB Quentin Castille from Northwestern State and DT Joshua Price-Brent who played at Illinois. NFL scouts say there’s a chance Price-Brent could be drafted with a later round pick.

Last year, there were eight eligible players for the Supplemental Draft. Only one was selected, as Washington used a third-round selection to take Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon.

The league has a weighted three-step lottery system to determine the order of the supplemental draft. Teams that finished the ’09 season with six wins or less are part of the first group. The team that posted the worst record among that group (this year that’s St. Louis) is given a weighted advantage over the following team, with each team’s “weight” being decreased downward. The second group is the non-playoff teams with more than six victories. The third group is last season’s 12 playoff teams.

After the drafting order is determined, each team submits the name of the player(s) they are interested in, as well as the round they would like to choose them in. The team with the highest bid gets the player. If more than one team bids on a pick in the same round, the team with the highest position in the draft order wins out.

NFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT PICKS (1977-2009)

Year Player

Round

Team

1977 RB Al Hunter

4th

Seattle

1978 WR Johnnie Dirden

10th

Houston

1978 RB Rod Connors

12th

San Francisco

1979 RB Rod Stewart

6th

Buffalo

1980 DE Matthew Teague

7th

Atlanta

1980 WR Billy Mullins

9th

San Diego

1981 QB Dave Wilson

1st

New Orleans

1981 WR Chy Davidson

11th

New England

1982 DB Kevin Robinson

9th

Detroit

1985 QB Bernie Kosar

1st

Cleveland

1985 RB Roosevelt Snipes

8th

San Francisco

1986 RB Charles Crawford

7th

Philadelphia

1987 LB Brian Bosworth

1st

Seattle

1987 DT Dan Sileo

3rd

Tampa Bay

1987 WR Cris Carter

4th

Philadelphia

1988 WR Ryan Bethea

5th

Minnesota

1989 QB Steve Walsh

1st

Dallas

1989 QB Timm Rosenbach

1st

Arizona

1989 RB Bobby Humphrey

1st

Denver

1989 DB Brett Young

8th

Buffalo

1989 RB Mike Lowman

12th

Dallas

1990 WR Rob Moore

1st

New York Jets

1990 TE Willie Williams

9th

Arizona

1992 QB Dave Brown

1st

New York Giants

1992 DE Darren Mickell

2nd

CHIEFS

1994 DB Tito Wooten

4th

New York Giants

1994 TE John Davis

5th

Dallas

1995 DT Darren Benson

3rd

Dallas

1998 OT Mike Wahle

2nd

Green Bay

1998 DT Jamal Williams

2nd

San Diego

1999 DB J’Juan Cherry

4th

New England

2002 OL Milford Brown

6th

Houston

2003 RB Tony Hollings

2nd

Houston

2005 DT Manuel Wright

5th

Miami

2006 LB Ahmad Brooks

3rd

Cincinnati

2007 S Paul Oliver

4th

San Diego

2009 DE Jeremy Jarmon

3rd

Washington


5 Responses to “Will Chiefs Play In The Supplemental Draft?”

  • July 15, 2010  - Jason says:

    Wow. With that amazing list of success stories, I’m not sure why the Chiefs wouldn’t get in on that. I count two guys who were any good for an extended period of time. Maybe three if you count Jamal Williams. Otherwise, it’s Bernie and Carter.

    This kid could be the real deal, but if there is one position the Chiefs have depth in, it’s definitely the running back position.


  • July 15, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    Hmm — Jared Gaither to the Ravens in 2007 is missing … another success story so far I think.


  • July 15, 2010  - arrowhead1978 says:

    I didn’t realize the great chris carter was a supplemental draftee…


  • July 15, 2010  - Paul says:

    Complete smoke screen on Unga. I thought we might spend a 6 or 7 on him for a short yardage back, if we has available. Went in 7 to Chicago.


  • July 15, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    I was hoping they would use at least a 6 or 7. I guess his work ethic was questionable.




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