Best Players Ever Taken in the NFL’s Supplemental Draft


The Draft is over. Most of the free agents that are going to find teams have already signed. But teams still have one more shot to add to their rosters for the 2018 season—the supplemental draft. This year’s edition will be July 11 and include five players: Sam Beak, cornerback, Western Michigan; Adonis Alexander, cornerback, Virginia Tech; Brandon Bryant, safety, Mississippi State; Bright Ugwoegbu, linebacker, Oregon State; Marty Carter, running back, Grand Valley State.

Since its inception in 1977, 43 players entered the NFL through the supplemental draft. Most of the players taken did not go on to become household names. But many had good, solid careers– including one Hall of Famer:

Cris Carter, wide receiver (1987): Carter is easily the most successful supplemental draft pick has been the only one to become a Hall of Famer. The Eagles used a fourth-round pick on him. But it was during his 12 years with the Vikings that he became a superstar.

Bernie Kosar, quarterback (1985): The native-Clevelander really wanted to play for his hometown team. Rumor has it his agent concocted a scheme to make it happen. He took advantage of one team and abused the system—and it worked. He cost the Browns a first-round pick, but they got him.

Ahmad Brooks, linebacker (2006): He planned on going back to Virginia for his senior season but ended up getting kicked off the team for off-field issues. The Cincinnati Bengals were not too concerned with the issues and used a third-round pick to take him.

Rob Moore, wide receiver (1990): The Jets used a first-round pick to select one of the few players to enter the supplemental draft without having an NCAA punishment hanging over his head. He simply didn’t fill out his paperwork in time.

Jamal Williams, defensive tackle (1998): He got suspended for his senior season due to academics, so he entered the ’98 supplemental draft.  The San Diego Chargers selected him with a second-round pick.

Mike Wahle, offensive lineman (1998): The NCAA suspended him for his senior season due to a positive steroid test. He entered the supplemental draft that year and was selected by the Green Bay Packers with a second-round pick.

Terrelle Pryor, wide receiver/quarterback (2011): He was going to be suspended for part of his senior season due to an improper benefits scandal. But he opted to enter the supplemental draft instead where the Raiders selected him with a third-round pick.

Josh Gordon, wide receiver (2012): The problems that hounded him in college (substance abuse) have hounded him for most of his NFL career. He’s been suspended for more games (56) than he’s been active for (40). But the Browns were aware of his issues when they took him with a second-round pick.

Other notable supplemental picks include Tito Wooten, defensive back (1994); Bobby Humphrey, running back (1989); and Brian Bosworth, linebacker (1987).