Two of the four players available in the 2010 NFL supplemental draft, held Thursday, were selected in the seventh round, as the Bears nabbed Brigham Young RB Harvey Unga and the Cowboys selected Illinois DT Josh Price-Brent.
Unga, who was released from BYU for an honor-code violation, could have to play fullback to succeed in the NFL with limited run skills, agility and acceleration to function as more than a short-yardage banger and perimeter catcher in Mike Martz’s lateral passing game. Eddie Williams and Will Ta’ufo’ou are currently slated to contend for the FB job that remains open following the decision to release veteran Jason McKie in March. Unga was little used as a blocker at BYU, but he could bring some value as a hard-charging, straight-line battering ram, in a similar mold as Kahlil Bell and Brandon Minor, both currently fighting for the No. 3 RB position behind Matt Forté and Chester Taylor. The selection could limit the chances of injury-prone Garrett Wolfe making the roster.
Price-Brent, who flunked out of the University of Illinois and has run afoul of the law — having been suspended for a DUI arrest last semester — could potentially compete for a rotational spot in the Cowboys’ three-man front, with enough size (6-1¾, 321 pounds), strength and power to have a chance as a short-area plugger. However, his mental makeup, work ethic and off-field transgressions could limit his potential.
Northwestern State (La.) RB Quentin Castille and Truman State WR Vanness Emokpae were not selected in the silent bid draft. The Bears and Cowboys both will sacrifice a seventh-round pick in the 2011 draft as a result of their selections.
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