Adam Caplan who is an NFL reporter for Sirius XM Radio mentioned today that he was hearing the NFL Supplemental Draft was going to be set for July 15th. The NFL Supplemental Draft is an often overlooked event that is intended to allow players who missed the early entry filing deadline for that year’s NFL draft and something has arisen that has caused them to lose their eligibility.
The draft which was created in 1977 was for the most part was an often overlooked part of the NFL offs-eason. Then in 1985 when Bernie Kosar choose not to enter the regular NFL Draft so that he could go to the Browns in the Supplemental Draft things began to get interesting. At the time of Kosar’s decision his agent A.J. Faigin devised a plan to have the Buffalo Bills trade the #1 overall Supplemental Draft Pick to Cleveland so they could take Kosar. Our GM at the time Bill Polian agreed to this for two reasons, one the supplemental draft pick was worth next to nothing, and two Faigin represented future HOF QB Jim Kelly who was about to leave the USFL and begin his star studded career for the Bills.
After Kosar a number of players followed this model, and among them was the super human LB Brian Bosworth. Ironically enough Bosworth skipped the NFL Draft because he did not want to play for a number of teams picking early in the first round (including the Buffalo Bills), instead he decided to go to the Supplemental Draft and play for Seattle. As you can see through history the Bills have been quite involved in some of the most controversial decisions involving the Supplemental Draft.
Since 1977 a total of 41 players have been taken in the NFL Supplemental Draft, with 10 coming since 2002. Some names you might recognize that were Supplemental picks are OT Jared Gaither, LB Ahmad Brooks, DT Jamal Williams, QB Terrell Pryor, and WR Cris Carter.
With this year’s Supplemental Draft reportedly only 18 days away it should not be long until we find out who the applicants for this years draft are. Earlier today we did a little brain storming and came up with three names we think could be possible entrants;
DE Marquis Jackson-Texas Southern
He may be a small school player, but he’s got legit big school talent. If he’s in the Supplemental Draft expect him to get drafted.
RB Montel Harris-Boston College
The all-time leading rusher in BC history was surprisingly dismissed from Chestnut Hill earlier and nobody has heard much from him since. He’ll have to show that he’s even close to healthy in order to be considered for a pick.
WR Devon Smith-Penn State
The small and deceptive WR from Penn State was projected to excel in Bill O’Brien’s new offense, but he was dimissed this summer and could be looking to catch on with a team right before camp. He’s an explosive playmaker with limited size.
UPDATE: Former TCU RB Ed Wesley was the first to announce today that he was going to enter the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. Adam Caplan said today that as many as ten players could be in the NFL Supplemental Draft and that a list should be finalized next week, possibly as early as Monday.
As was the case last year once the list goes final we will have all the names, all the reports, and all the coverage for you right here at BBD.