List of NFL supplemental draft picks

There have been 45 players selected in the National Football League supplemental draft since its inception in 1977.[1] The supplemental draft was enacted in 1977 for players who had various circumstances affect their eligibility and did not enter the main NFL draft. The only player selected in the supplemental draft to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame was Cris Carter, who was selected in 1987 and elected to the Hall of Fame in 2013. In addition, there have been eight players selected to Pro Bowls in their careers: Bernie Kosar (drafted in 1985), Cris Carter (1987), Bobby Humphrey (1989), Rob Moore (1990), Mike Wahle (1998), Jamal Williams (1998), Ahmad Brooks (2006), and Josh Gordon (2012).

In 1984, the National Football League held a supplemental draft for college seniors who had already signed with either the United States Football League or the Canadian Football League. On June 5 in New York City, the draft was completed in an attempt to head off a bidding war in its own ranks for USFL and CFL players. Three players in this draft entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Steve Young, Gary Zimmerman, and Reggie White.


= Pro Bowler[N 1]
= Hall of Famer
Positions key
C Center CB Cornerback DB Defensive back DE Defensive end
DL Defensive lineman DT Defensive tackle FB Fullback FS Free safety
G Guard HB Halfback K Placekicker KR Kick returner
LB Linebacker LS Long snapper OT Offensive tackle OL Offensive lineman
NT Nose tackle P Punter PR Punt returner QB Quarterback
RB Running back S Safety SS Strong safety TB Tailback
TE Tight end WR Wide receiver        
Year Player Position Round NFL Team College Reason
1977 Al Hunter RB 4th Seattle Seahawks Notre Dame Suspended from the team for disciplinary reasons.[2]
1978 Johnnie Dirden WR 10th Houston Oilers Sam Houston State dropped out of college after two years.[3]
Rod Connors RB 12th San Francisco 49ers USC dropped out of college with eligibility remaining.[4]
1979 Rod Stewart RB 6th Buffalo Bills Kentucky
1980 Matthew Teague DE 7th Atlanta Falcons Prairie View A&M
Billy Mullins WR 9th San Diego Chargers USC declared ineligible when it was discovered that he gained credits simultaneously from four junior colleges in the fall of 1977 in order to gain entry to USC.[5]
1981 Dave Wilson QB 1st New Orleans Saints Illinois declared ineligible amid questions about his high school transcript and junior college stay.[6]
Chy Davidson WR 11th New England Patriots Rhode Island
1982 Kevin Robinson CB 9th Detroit Lions North Carolina A&T
1985 Bernie Kosar QB 1st Cleveland Browns Miami (FL) Graduated after his junior year.[7]
Roosevelt Snipes RB 8th San Francisco 49ers Florida State Academically ineligible.[8]
1986 Charles Crawford RB 7th Philadelphia Eagles Oklahoma State Crawford missed his senior year with an injury and declared for the supplemental draft amid questions about whether his eligibility would be extended (currently, medical redshirt status would be given before the draft deadline).[9]
1987 Brian Bosworth LB 1st Seattle Seahawks Oklahoma Bosworth had been dismissed from the Oklahoma football team following the 1986 season. Since he was a junior, he was eligible to be chosen in the 1987 draft but did not declare before the deadline[10] and decided to wait for the supplemental draft, which he was eligible for due to his graduation from Oklahoma one year early.
Dan Sileo DT 3rd Tampa Bay Buccaneers Miami (FL) Sileo was declared ineligible by the NCAA for his senior season.
Cris Carter WR 4th Philadelphia Eagles Ohio State Carter was suspended before his senior season for signing with an agent.[11]
1988 Ryan Bethea WR 5th Minnesota Vikings South Carolina Suspended from team over drug arrests
1989 Steve Walsh QB 1st Dallas Cowboys Miami (FL) Walsh did not declare for the draft before its deadline.[12]
Timm Rosenbach QB 1st Phoenix Cardinals Washington State Rosenbach did not declare for the draft before its deadline.[12]
Bobby Humphrey RB 1st Denver Broncos Alabama
Brett Young DB 8th Buffalo Bills Oregon
Mike Lowman RB 12th Dallas Cowboys Coffeyville Community College
1990 Rob Moore WR 1st New York Jets Syracuse Moore graduated from college with a year of eligibility remaining, and did not declare in time for regular draft.[13]
Willie Williams TE 9th Phoenix Cardinals LSU
1992 Dave Brown QB 1st New York Giants Duke Brown graduated from college with a year of eligibility remaining, and did not declare for the NFL until after the regular draft had been held. As of 2018, Brown is the last player taken in the first round of the supplemental draft.[14]
Darren Mickell DE 2nd Kansas City Chiefs Florida Mickell was suspended from team for senior season for undisclosed violations of team rules.[15]
1994 Tito Wooten CB 4th New York Giants Northeast Louisiana
John Davis TE 5th Dallas Cowboys Emporia State
1995 Darren Benson DT 3rd Dallas Cowboys Trinity Valley Community College
1998 Mike Wahle OT 2nd Green Bay Packers Navy Wahle was suspended for senior season by the NCAA after testing positive for steroids.[16]
Jamal Williams NT 2nd San Diego Chargers Oklahoma State Williams was declared academically ineligible before his senior season.[17]
1999 J'Juan Cherry CB 4th New England Patriots Arizona State
2002 Milford Brown G 6th Houston Texans Florida State He had used up his five-year competition eligibility.[18]
2003 Tony Hollings RB 2nd Houston Texans Georgia Tech He was academically ineligible for the 2003 college season.[19]
2005 Manuel Wright DT 5th Miami Dolphins USC Chose entering the draft over not playing college football while trying to regain his academic eligibility.[20]
2006 Ahmad Brooks[21] LB 3rd Cincinnati Bengals Virginia He was dismissed from his college team.[22]
2007 Paul Oliver S 4th San Diego Chargers Georgia He left college because of academic problems.[23]
Jared Gaither[23] OT 5th Baltimore Ravens Maryland He was declared academically ineligible in college.[24]
2009 Jeremy Jarmon DE 3rd Washington Redskins Kentucky Suspended over failed drug test.[25]
2010 Harvey Unga[26] FB 7th Chicago Bears BYU Expelled for disciplinary reasons.[26]
Josh Brent[26] NT 7th Dallas Cowboys Illinois He was "... reportedly academically ineligible for the 2010 [college] season."[27]
2011 Terrelle Pryor QB 3rd Oakland Raiders Ohio State Suspended as part of NCAA investigation into improper benefits.[28]
2012 Josh Gordon WR 2nd Cleveland Browns Baylor Dismissed for failed marijuana test.[29]
2015 Isaiah Battle OT 5th St. Louis Rams Clemson Had "family matters to attend", as well as off-field issues.[30]
2018 Sam Beal CB 3rd New York Giants Western Michigan He was declared academically ineligible in college.[31]
Adonis Alexander CB 6th Washington Redskins Virginia Tech He was declared academically ineligible in college.[32]


  1. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.


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  2. ^ "Notre Dame Lose Halfback Al Hunter". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. July 1, 1977. p. 6D. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Stellino, Vito (October 21, 1978). "Cement Trucker Delivers for Oilers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Rough Riders Cut Six Players". The Star-Phoenix. July 21, 1978. p. 62. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "'Dumb jocks' trigger report". Edmonton Journal. October 15, 1980. p. C6. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
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  8. ^ "Transactions". Lawrence Journal-World. March 13, 1985. p. 14. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "Keith Byars benched". The Bryan Times. October 16, 1986. p. 16. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  10. ^ "Bosworth misses deadline, won't be in NFL draft". The Milwaukee Sentinel. April 14, 1987. p. 2 2. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  11. ^ "Impact NFL Supplemental Draft Picks". Sports Illustrated. July 6, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Walsh, Rosenbach Bypass April Draft". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. April 11, 1989. pp. 1C, 6C. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  13. ^ "Moore catches on with Jets". Reading Eagle. August 22, 1990. p. 33. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  14. ^ "Giants choose Brown in supplemental draft". The Times-News. July 10, 1992. p. 1B. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  15. ^ "Chiefs take former Gator Mickell in draft". Gainesville Sun. August 28, 1992. p. 1C. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
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  18. ^ "Sports Wrap". Las Vegas Review-Journal. August 22, 2002. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  19. ^ "Bad week for college football fans in Georgia". The Augusta Chronicle. May 17, 2003. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  20. ^ Paskwietz, Gary (May 12, 2005). "Manuel Wright declares for NFL supplemental draft". Scout. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  21. ^ Bengals use third-round pick to select Brooks
  22. ^ Schlabach, Larry (March 29, 2006). "U-Va. Dismisses Brooks, Franklin". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  23. ^ a b Clayton, John (July 16, 2007). "Georgia's Oliver, Maryland's Gaither chosen in supplemental draft". Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  24. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (June 28, 2007). "Maryland's Gaither applies for entry to supplemental draft". Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  25. ^ "Skins sign third-round DE pick Jarmon". July 28, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
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  28. ^ "Pryor eligible to practice with Raiders as five-game ban ends". July 16, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  29. ^ "Browns take Josh Gordon in Round 2". June 12, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  30. ^ "Isaiah Battle picked by Rams, is 1st supplemental pick since 2012". July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  31. ^ "Sam Beal picked by Giants, is 1st supplemental pick since 2015". July 11, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  32. ^ Keim, John. "CB Adonis Alexander picked by Redskins in sixth round of supplemental draft". ESPN. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
1938 NFL Draft

The 1938 National Football League Draft was held on December 12, 1937, at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago, Illinois. The draft consisted of 12 rounds and 110 player selections. It began with the Cleveland Rams, taking Corbett Davis.

1939 NFL Draft

The 1939 National Football League Draft was held on December 9, 1938, at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City, New York.

1989 NFL Draft

The 1989 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 23–24, 1989, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.The draft is noted for having four of the first five players selected – quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Barry Sanders, linebacker Derrick Thomas, and cornerback Deion Sanders – being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Offensive tackle Tony Mandarich, the only top five pick not inducted, is considered a draft bust.The 1989 NFL Draft also helped set a major precedent, as Barry Sanders was selected with the third overall pick despite an NFL rule stating that collegiate juniors could not declare for the draft. Since Barry Sanders was selected as a junior, it has become an expectation for top college players to declare for the draft after their junior season.

Another precedent the draft help set was how players were invited to the actual draft room. Troy Aikman, who was selected first overall, was represented by Leigh Steinberg, who went with his client to the draft finding he was the only player there. As years followed, more players began getting invited to the draft.

National Football League Draft

The National Football League Draft, also called the NFL Draft or the Player Selection Meeting, is an annual event which serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment. Each team is given a position in the drafting order in reverse order relative to its record in the previous year, which means that the last place team is positioned first. From this position, the team can either select a player or trade their position to another team for other draft positions, a player or players, or any combination thereof. The round is complete when each team has either selected a player or traded its position in the draft.

Certain aspects of the draft, including team positioning and the number of rounds in the draft, have been revised since its creation in 1936, but the fundamental method has remained the same. Currently the draft consists of seven rounds. The original rationale in creating the draft was to increase the competitive parity between the teams as the worst team would, ideally, be able to choose the best player available. In the early years of the draft, players were chosen based on hearsay, print media, or other rudimentary evidence of ability. In the 1940s, some franchises began employing full-time scouts. The ensuing success of these teams eventually forced the other franchises to also hire scouts.

Colloquially, the name of the draft each year takes on the form of the NFL season in which players picked could begin playing. For example, the 2010 NFL draft was for the 2010 NFL season. However, the NFL-defined name of the process has changed since its inception. The location of the draft has continually changed over the years to accommodate more fans, as the event has gained popularity. The draft's popularity now garners prime-time television coverage. In the league's early years, from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, the draft was held in various cities with NFL franchises until the league settled on New York City starting in 1965, where it remained for fifty years until 2015. The 2015 and 2016 NFL drafts were held in Chicago, while the 2017 version was held in Philadelphia and 2018 in Dallas. The 2019 NFL Draft was held in Nashville and the 2020 NFL Draft will be in Las Vegas. In recent years, the NFL draft has occurred in late April or early May.

Early era (1936–1959)
AFL and NFL era (1960–1966)
Common draft (1967–1969)
Modern era (1970–present)
Expansion drafts
See also

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