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By Kevin Fishbain

Terrelle Pryor is used to waiting.

As a high school senior, he waited until after National Signing Day to announce he was going to Ohio State. As a college freshman, he waited behind Todd Boeckman before being named the Buckeyes' starting quarterback. This summer, he waited until August to find out whether he would be eligible for the NFL supplemental draft. And since the regular season began, Pryor has waited five weeks for his league suspension to conclude.

Now the waiting is done, and the Raiders' draft choice can hit the field, but the jury is out on how well he will perform in the NFL.

We looked at other noteworthy players selected in previous supplemental drafts and examined how their rookie seasons — and careers  turned out.

Bernie Kosar, Browns / 1985  The former Miami (Fla.) quarterback grew up in Boardman, Ohio (about 80 miles east of Cleveland), and wanted to play in Cleveland, so both sides manipulated the system to ensure they got their wish. Kosar graduated from school early but applied to enter the NFL late so he could be in the supplemental draft. That allowed the Browns to trade up and pick him. As a rookie, he started 10 games, helping the Browns make the playoffs, the first of five postseason trips he made with the team.

Brian Bosworth, Seahawks / 1987  After a successful but controversial college career at Oklahoma, "The Boz" entered the NFL after being suspended by the NCAA for illegal steroid use. The Seahawks selected the linebacker with their first-round pick in '87, signing him to a franchise-record 10-year, $11 million contract. He never lived up to the hype, playing in just 24 games in three seasons. As a rookie, he started 12 games but is best-remembered for being run over by Raiders RB Bo Jackson on "Monday Night Football" during that '87 season.

Cris Carter, Eagles / 1987  Like Pryor, Carter was suspended by Ohio State before deciding to head to the NFL. Carter had illegal contact with an agent while still in school and was forced to forgo his senior season. The Eagles selected him in the fourth round, but issues with drugs and alcohol prevented Carter from finding success with the team. He turned his life  and career  around in Minnesota, where he became a two-time All-Pro wideout with the Vikings. Carter retired in 2002 with the second-most receptions (1,101) in NFL history.

Steve Walsh, Cowboys / 1989  After his college coach at Miami (Fla.), Jimmy Johnson, left to coach the Cowboys, Walsh decided to bypass his senior season, but it came after the deadline for April's draft, putting him in the supplemental draft. Ironically, Walsh, who already had graduated, rejoined his college coach, as the Cowboys used a first-round pick on him in the 1989 supplemental draft, even though they had selected Hall of Famer Troy Aikman with the first overall pick of the regular draft. Walsh, playing in Aikman's shadow, started in Weeks 5-9 of his rookie season and was at the helm for Dallas' only win, a 13-3 victory over the Redskins. Walsh was traded during the 1990 season and played for the Saints, Bears, Rams, Buccaneers and Colts in his 11-year career.

Rob Moore, Jets / 1990  Moore graduated with one year of eligibility left at Syracuse and decided to enter the supplemental draft. The Jets used a first-rounder on the wideout, who started 14 games in his rookie campaign. Moore finished the 1990 season with 44 catches for 692 yards and six touchdowns. He was second on the team in receiving as a rookie. Moore made the Pro Bowl in 1994 with the Jets and again in '97 with the Cardinals, with 97 catches for 1,584 yards and eight TDs.

Jamal Williams, Chargers / 1998  Williams was planning to return to Oklahoma State for his senior season but was declared academically ineligible. Williams entered the supplemental draft, because his eligibility was lost after April's draft already had been held. The Chargers used a second-round pick on the D-lineman, who made three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2005-07, his eighth, ninth and 10th seasons in the league. After 12 seasons in San Diego, he was released and signed with the Broncos for the 2010 season. He started all 16 games and made 31 tackles. Denver released him in March, and he has been out of the league since.

PFW associate editor Eli Kaberon contributed to this article.

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