**NOTE** Supplemental draft updates here.
Instituted in 1977, the supplemental draft consists of players who did not enter the NFL draft because they had planned to play another year in college. Most of the time these players chose to enter the supplemental draft because of academic or discipline issues that did not allow them to continue their college career. In other words, most of these guys are screw ups who couldn't cut it in college and didn't realize the extent of their problems before the "real" NFL draft.
Only 34 players have been taken in the supplemental draft since its inception. Teams do not have to choose anyone in the supplemental draft but if they do choose to take someone, they forfeit a "real" draft pick in next year's draft. For example, if the Chiefs take CB Paul Oliver in the 3rd round in this year's supplemental draft, we give up our 3rd round pick in the "real" NFL draft next year. The team also has to include that draft pick's salary in their rookie salary pool. The rookie salary pool, like Len Pasquarelli said, is basically a salary cap within a salary cap. The pool caps the amount of money teams can spend on first year players.
There are three legit draftable prospects in this supplemental draft this year– Georgia CB Paul Oliver, Maryland OT Jared Gaither and Nebraska offensive lineman Chris Patrick. Word is that the Chargers are interested in Oliver as well. I'll focus on Oliver because he is the only player the Chiefs have apparently brought in for an interview and workout.
Georgia CB Paul Oliver's workout for NFL teams in mid-June didn't exactly go over well. Apparently, Oliver looked out of shape but for a good reason. It seems he was working to stay academically eligible for the 2007 Bulldog season right up until the very end. Standing 6 feet tall and weighing right around 200 pounds, Scout.com says "his combination of ball skills and hands have intrigued a number of scouts." Oliver started 15 games in his college career and made a name for himself last fall with shutdown performances against Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson (two catches, 13 yards) and South Carolina’s Sydney Rice (three catches, 31 yards). Oliver's reasons for entering the supplemental draft appear to be entirely academic. NFL agent Jason Chayhut said, "The difference is that this guy has no holes in his character. Everyone in that program lives and dies for him."
Personally, I liken guys in the supplemental draft to Arena football players. While watching Arena football for the first time a few weeks ago, one of the announcers referred to one of the Colorado Crush's CBs as "The Glove". My buddy and I laughed out loud because if the CB was so damn good, he'd be in the NFL. The supplemental draft prospects are at the very least damaged goods. Are any of these three picks worth it? KC Chiefs Fanatic thinks Gaither and Oliver are worth a shot. I know these guys are possible "first round talent" next year but I'm skeptical of guys who can't keep it together in college. I don't expect the Chiefs to take anybody on Thursday and the list (after the jump) of all time supplemental draft prospects doesn't exactly make me excited for this draft. Paul Oliver seems to have the talent and work ethic (out of the classroom anyway) to at least have hope of making an impact in the NFL. The question is- Is Paul Oliver worth giving up a 2008 draft pick? A draft pick that could potentially be a high one as the Chiefs enter a rebuilding year? I like a lot of what I'm seeing in Paul Oliver but I think I'll err on the side of history here and advise the Kansas City Chiefs to pass on the supplemental draft.
Much more info in these links:
NFL Draft Scout (Very thorough by the way)
|1977||RB Al Hunter||Seahawks||4|
|1978||WR Johnnie Dirden||Oilers||10|
|1978||RB Rod Connors||49ers||12|
|1979||RB Rod Stewart||Bills||6|
|1980||LB Matthew Teague||Falcons||7|
|1980||WR Billy Mullins||Chargers||9|
|1981||QB Dave Wilson||Saints||1|
|1981||WR Chy Davidson||Patriots||11|
|1982||DB Kevin Robinson||Lions||9|
|1984||OG Don Maggs||Oilers||4|
|1985||QB Bernie Kosar||Browns||1|
|1985||RB Roosevelt Snipes||49ers||8|
|1986||RB Charles Crawford||Eagles||7|
|1987||LB Brian Bosworth||Seahawks||1|
|1987||WR Cris Carter||Eagles||4|
|1987||NT Dan Sileo||Buccaneers||3|
|1988||WR Ryan Bethea||Vikings||5|
|1989||QB Steve Walsh||Cowboys||1|
|1989||QB Timm Rosenbach||Cardinals||1|
|1989||RB Bobby Humphrey||Broncos||1|
|1989||RB Mike Lowman||Cowboys||12|
|1989||DB Brett Young||Bills||8|
|1990||WR Rob Moore||Jets||1|
|1990||TE Willie Williams||Cardinals||9|
|1992||QB Dave Brown||Giants||1|
|1992||DE Darren Mickell||Chiefs||2|
|1994||DB Tito Wooten||Giants||4|
|1994||TE John Davis||Cowboys||5|
|1995||DT Darren Benson||Cowboys||3|
|1998||OL Mike Wahle||Packers||2|
|1998||DT Jamal Williams||Chargers||2|
|1999||DB J’Juan Cherry||Patriots||4|
|2002||OG Milford Brown||Texans||6|
|2003||RB Tony Hollings||Texans||2|
|2005||DT Manuel Wright||Dolphins||5|
|2006||LB Ahmad Brooks||Bengals||3|