While most of the action occurs in April at Radio City Music Hall, there is another draft held by the NFL. Although the NFL supplemental draft is accompanied by significantly less fanfare (it usually takes place over the phone), it has produced solid players. Broncos NT Jamal Williams, former Vikings WR Cris Carter, and legendary Browns QB Bernie Kosar were all products of the supplemental draft.
The draft is designed for college players who left school for one reason or another and were ineligible to return to school. The players also have to meet the general draft requirements of being at least three years removed from their senior year of high school or their 18th birthday.
Usually only or two selections are made each year, since if a team makes a selection, it must forfeit that round's pick in next year's regular draft. For example, if a team picks a player in the fourth round of the 2011 supplemental draft, then it loses its fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
In the 17th installment of the Draft Dose, we take a quick look at some of the most recent supplemental draft picks:
Harvey Unga, Bears
The Bears grabbed the former Brigham Young running back in the seventh round of the 2010 supplemental draft. Unga was a powerful fullback/running back for the Cougars, but was dismissed from school for violating team and school rules. Unga wasn't active for any games this season, after being placed on injured reserve in mid-August with a hamstring injury that he suffered early in training camp.
Josh Brent, Cowboys
Selected in the seventh round of the ’10 supplemental draft, Brent, a nose tackle out of Illinois, was ruled academically ineligible, and despite spending a semester at Parkland College, was unable to bring his grades up enough to return to the Fightin' Illini. Brent played in all 16 games in '10, and posted 16 tackles playing in Dallas' 3-4 scheme.
Jeremy Jarmon, Redskins
The former Kentucky defensive end was ruled ineligible for his senior season after testing positive for a banned substance. As a result, Jarmon entered the 2009 supplemental draft, and was selected by the Redskins in the third round. Jarmon played in 11 games in '09, recording eight tackles. Jarmon battled injuries and the Redskins' transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 in '10, and was active for only five games, registering half a sack.
Jared Gaither, Ravens
A fifth-round pick in the 2007 supplemental draft, Gaither was unable to stay eligible academically at Maryland, forcing him to declare for the supplemental draft. His tremendous size at 6-9, 324 pounds led the Ravens to take a chance on him, and it paid off. Gaither started 28 games during his first three season in the league, emerging as a bookend at tackle. However, he has played all 16 games only once (2008) in four seasons and missed all of the ’10 campaign with a back injury.
Ahmad Brooks, Bengals
The Bengals spent a third-round pick on Brooks in 2006. A highly touted recruit for Virginia, Brooks started at linebacker for the Cavaliers and recorded 90 tackles in '04. He was kicked off the team in '06 for violating team rules, forcing him to enter the supplemental draft. He played two seasons in Cincinnati, before moving on to San Francisco. Brooks has played in 29 games the past two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 11 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception during that span.