Ranking the Top 10 Supplemental Draft Picks in NFL History
Ranking the Top 10 Supplemental Draft Picks in NFL History
It is time once again for the annual NFL Supplemental Draft. It happens each year when a handful of players that were ineligible for the NFL Draft wind up being eligible for the Supplemental Draft. If a team makes an offer on a player in this draft, they have to give up a pick in the following year’s NFL Draft. For example, if someone picks a DB from the Supplemental Draft, they would bid their 5th round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. To sign a player from this draft means losing a pick in the 2014 draft. In other words, it’s not cheap.
With that knowledge it is understandable why there isn’t even one player chosen every year. There is a streak going now where a player has been taken in several years consecutively. Overall there have not been that many picks from this draft that had some sort of success in the NFL. There have been a few however that were good enough to make the top of not only this list but there are a few that should be at top of a lot of lists.
Which players have made the most impact after being drafted through the Supplemental Draft? This list will give you our top 10 Supplemental Draft Picks of all time. Professional football is not as easy as it looks in college. There are few players from the NFL Draft that end up making history on the field. Of course there are substantially fewer that have made history on the football field when they are drafted in the supplemental set of players. Here are the top ten
Taken in the 4th round of the 1994 Supplemental Draft by the New York Giants, Wooten is proof that you don’t have to build up a mountain of stats to have a successful, if brief NFL career. He was an impact player on special teams for the majority of his career and also had a season or two with above average stats playing defense.
Brown was taken in the 1st round of the 1992 Supplemental Draft by the New York Giants. He played back-up to Phil Simms for a short time and then won the starting job after Sims retired. He was the starting QB from 1994 through when an injury sidelined him in 1997. He never regained the starting job but was a strong back-up for the remainder of his career. He compiled 44 TDs and 10,248 total passing yards.
The Kansas City Chiefs took Mickell in the 2nd round of the 1992 Supplemental Draft. He started at Defensive End for the Chiefs and was a featured defensive player for the New Orleans Saints between 1996 and 1999. Overall he had 179 tackles, 26 sacks and 11 forced fumbles over his 89 games in the NFL.
After being taken by the Green Bay Packers in the 2nd round of the 1998 Supplemental Draft, Wahle played in 152 games over 11 seasons, starting 138 of them. He was also elected to the Pro Bowl and was an All-Pro in 2005 for the Carolina Panthers. That many starts at that position says plenty for his ability and success.
Walsh was the Dallas Cowboys 1st round Supplemental pick in 1989 which is also the year they took another guy in the NFL Draft named Troy Aikman. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Walsh didn’t get much playing time after the first few games but found his niche once he left Dallas. He started successfully for a few years with the New Orleans Saints but will probably be remembered as one of the most reliable back-up QBs in NFL history. He totaled 7875 passing yards with 40 TDs over 11 seasons.
This two-time Pro-Bowler was selected by the New York Jets in the 1st round of the 1990 Supplemental Draft. He compiled a respectable 628 receptions, 9368 total receiving yards and 49 touchdowns in his career. That is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Brooks has been successful playing football for his entire life. The fact that he was selected in the 3rd round of the 2006 Supplemental Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals is just a speed bump in his career path. He already has 185 tackles, 26.5 sacks and 9 forced fumbles and he is far from finished. After helping the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship last season, Brooks was given a lucrative six year contract extension. I’d say that is pretty successful.
Williams was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round of the 1998 Supplemental Draft and wasted little time in becoming one of the best Nose Tackles in the NFL. He had 394 tackles over the course of his career, was a three-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro. For a few years Williams was one of the premier NT in all of the NFL.
You probably have known of some of the guys on this list but I know you know Bernie Kosar. The pride and joy of the original Cleveland Browns was taken by them in the 1st round of the 1985 Supplemental Draft after an enormous cluster of problems affected his draft status. Kosar was elected to the Pro Bowl once and a one-time All-Pro. He took a few important snaps for the Dallas Cowboys in 1993 on the way to helping them win Super Bowl XXVII. He compiled 23,301 passing yards and ended his career with a respectable 81.1 passer rating. I’d say he did pretty well.
Cris Carter was taken in 4th round of the 1987 Supplemental Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and spent a lot of time with the Minnesota Vikings. I don’t think I have to tell you what happened after that but I want to anyway. How about eight time Pro Bowl selection? He is one of only eight WR in history to have over 1000 career receptions and he ended up with 1101. His 13,899 career receiving yards and 130 touchdowns are among the top couple or few names ever. All of this combines nicely on his 2013 Hall-of-Fame induction. It is not a stretch to suggest that there may never be a greater Supplemental Draft pick than Carter.
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