The NFL Supplemental Draft...Much ado about nothing

In the 36 year history of the Supplemental draft there have been a total of 43 players selected, or just over 1 player per season. There actually have been a few stars selected in the supplemental draft, but by and large, most of the selections have been generally unproductive.

Most teams average about 1 selection in the history of the draft, except Dallas, who has made 5 of the 43 selections since its inception.



9 players (mostly RB’s & WR’s) were selected in the first 6 years of the draft

The average round selection was an 8th round pick, with only 2 of the 9 players taken with anything better than a 6th round pick.

Only 3 of the 9 players ever saw the field with the Saints Dave Wilson being the most prominent (53%, 36 td, 55 int, 63.8 qb rate)



In these 2 seasons, nobody was selected.



With the lack of picks, and the lack of production from the picks, the supplemental draft seemed to be fading away. But then came this era with 19 players selected over an 11 year window, including 7 of them taken with 1st round selections (4 of which were 1st round QB’s). This era was the golden age of the supplemental draft with the average pick being a 4th round selection.


Most of the players taken during this stretch did see some time on the field, including the most famous supplemental draft bust in 1st round pick LB Brian Bosworth. While most of the picks were nothing special, 3 of them were very good, very productive players:

WR Cris Carter...1,101 rec...13,899 yd...130 td...8 pro bowls

WR Rob Moore...628 rec...9,368 yd...49 td...2 pro bowls

QB Bernie Kosar...59%...124 td...87 int...23,301 yd



14 players have been selected over the last 17 years.

In 6 of those seasons nobody has been selected.

1998 saw a pair of productive players chosen:

OT Mike Wahle...138 games started & 1 pro bowl

DT Jamal Williams...164 games, 345 tackles and 3 pro bowls

But outside of those 2 players, the supplemental draft has been pretty lacking, with the average selection being a middle-late round pick and most of the players making a minimal contribution.

Most importantly, for the BENGALS – They have made 1 selection in the history of the supplemental draft. They used a 3rd round pick on Ahmad Brooks in 2006.

Brooks compiled 38 tackles and 2 sacks in 2 seasons w/the Bengals.

After a year playing no NFL games in 2008, Brooks emerged with the Niners where he has totaled 130 tackles and 20 sacks over a 3 year span (including 7 sacks & 50 tackles in 2011).

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