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League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:03 pm
 
Contrary to previous reports, Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli did not fill out the necessary paperwork to be included in the NFL's July 15 Supplemental draft, meaning that there is only four players available, according to league sources.

The four are running backs Harvey Unga (BYU), Quentin Castille (Northwestern State, Nebraska transfer) and Vanness Emokpae (Truman State) and defensive tackle Joshua Brent-Price (Illinois).

Of the four, only Unga and Brent-Price are expected to earn serious draft consideration. Unga is viewed as the only "sure" pick; most likely to get selected in rounds 5-7. Brent-Price is athletic, big (6-2, 321 pounds) and plays such a valuable position that sources expect some club to gamble on him in the 7th round.




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Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2010 3:23 pm
 

League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

If you pick a player then your pick is taken form next years draft. So if you really really want a player you could pick him in the 2nd round and give up your second round pick for next years regular draft. The teams just pass on their picks. Few teams are willing to give up even low round picks so the  players will most likley only be taken in the lastest rounds. Which is why there are still seven rounds. Not every team drafts a player in the supplemental draft.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 1:15 pm
 

League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

Most of them are in the supplemental draft for a reason, and that reason is that they aren't particularly good players.A lot of them historically have also been guys who planned to stay for one more season to increase their draft position... but then failed academically and weren't going to be able to play.  So rather than just sit out the semester and/or season, they hop into the supplemental draft.  I'm sure there's probably other odd circumstances too.  I don't know what particular reasons are behind the 4 entrants this year though.



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:53 pm
 

League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

Draft order is determined by a weighted system that is divided into three groupings. First come the teams that had six or fewer wins last season, followed by non-playoff teams that had more than six wins, followed by the 12 playoff teams. In the supplemental draft, a team is not required to use any picks. Instead, if a team wants a player in the supplemental draft, they submit a "bid" to the Commissioner with the round they would pick that player. If no other team places a bid on that player at an earlier spot, the team is awarded the player and has to give up an equivalent pick in the following year's draft. (For example, FS  was taken by the  in the fourth round of the Supplemental Draft in 2007; thus, in the , the Chargers forfeited a fourth-round pick.)
As of 2009, 38 players have been taken in the Supplemental Draft, so you can see that most rounds won't have a pick and each year only has one or two picks with some years have no picks.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:09 pm
 

League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

Jared Gaither (the Ravens left tackle the past couple seasons) was a supplemental draft pick, so you do sometimes get worthwhile players. Most of them are in the supplemental draft for a reason, and that reason is that they aren't particularly good players. Unga has looked solid, and I would expect someone to take him wiht a fifth round pick. I wouldn't be too surprised if Brent-Price got taken. The other two probably won't go.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:48 am
 

League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

And all the bids are done privately (I believe via email or similar means) during a specified time window, so it's a blind auction, so to speak.

Historically, there have been some that worked out well (I believe Bernie Kosar was a supplemental pick, just to name one).  But often times they struggle to see the field at all in their first year, since they are coming in right at the start of brutal training camp.  All the other rookies have had the symposium, the optional and mandatory minicamps, and 6 months with their films and playbooks and team trainers.  These guys come in with none of that, and most are beaten down and confused within the first week of camp.  It's not uncommon to see supplemental picks spend their first year (or most of it) on the bench or practice squad playing catch-up.

That being said, RB has proven to be one of the easier positions for players to make the transition with from college to pro, so that might help for a guy like Unga.  Still, if your team of choice grabs one of these guys in the supplemental draft, I wouldn't expect too much right away.  Just file the name away in your head for next year, and then they'll be like a rookie with a 6 month head start, instead of the other way around.



Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:10 am
 

League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

Each team submits a blind bid of which round they would take a player if it were a regular draft.   If they are the highest bidder, they get the player and then lose that draft pick in the 2011 draft.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:00 am
 

League source: Only 4 players in Supplemental

I admit that I don't know much about the supplemental draft but how can you have 5 - 7 rounds with only 4 players?


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