Terrelle Pryor and the 6 Best Supplemental Draft Picks of All Time
The 2011 NFL supplemental draft is being held today, but as history has shown, most supplemental draft picks aren't big successes.
That said, there is one intriguing player who you may wish to take a look at. That player is Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor. Pryor ran a 4.38 40-yard dash while measuring in at 6'5", 232 pounds.
Pryor stands as the most coveted player in this year's supplemental draft, and an incredible value that would've likely gone in next April's NFL draft if not for his suspension and controversy at the NCAA level. Now he becomes the Oakland Raiders' gain.
The supplemental draft has been around for 34 years, with very few players becoming successes.
However, there have still been six players worth noting that have come out of the oft-overlooked event.
Note: Terrelle Pryor has been selected in the third round of the supplemental draft by Oakland.
6. Tito Wooten, S, Giants
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Wooten was selected in the fourth round of the 1994 supplemental draft by the New York Giants.
As you would expect from a mid-round supplemental draft pick, Wooten was never a fantastic player. He was, though, a serviceable one.
Wooten played primarily on special teams his first year and had his best year in 1997 when he recorded 89 tackles, five interceptions and 11 passes defensed.
His career ended in 1999 after being suspended for showing up late to a team meeting. After that, his career died down.
5. Jared Gaither, OT, Ravens
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Gaither, who has a chance to shoot up higher on this list, was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 supplemental draft. Not bad for a 6'9", 340-pound left tackle.
The former Terrapin has protected Joe Flacco for a few years now, but missed out on last season due to injury.
He was unable to pass a physical when trying out for the Raiders, but has since signed a minimum contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
If it turns out he can return to form, Gaither may shoot up a couple spots on this list in the future.
4. Jamal Williams, DT, Chargers
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Williams was selected in the second round of the 1998 supplemental draft by the San Diego Chargers after dominating the competition at Oklahoma State.
Williams is a physically imposing player, coming it at 6'3", 348 pounds.
Currently a free agent, Williams was an important part of the San Diego Chargers for 12 years before being released and signing with the Broncos.
The former Charger has 441 career tackles and 13 sacks.
3. Rob Moore, WR, Jets
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Rob Moore was a talented enough receiver coming out of college that the New York Jets selected him in the first round of the 1990 supplemental draft after he graduated early.
Moore played for two teams in his 10-year career, five for the Jets and five for the Cardinals.
The first-round pick had sure hands and rarely lost the ball, only fumbling twice in his 10 years in the NFL (both in the same season).
He had his best year with the Cardinals in 1997, hauling in 97 passes for 1,584 yards and eight touchdowns.
Moore finished his career with 628 receptions for 9,368 yards and 49 TDs.
2. Bernie Kosar, QB, Browns
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Kosar was selected in the first round of the 1985 supplemental draft after his agent pulled a few tricks to give the Browns, the team he wanted to play for, the first pick in the supplemental draft.
Never a fantastic quarterback, Kosar was a winner and performed respectably.
He never led the Browns to a Super Bowl, but did win one with the Cowboys in 1993.
Kosar threw for 23,301 yards and 124 touchdowns.
1. Cris Carter, WR, Eagles
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Somehow repeatedly snubbed in Hall of Fame voting, Cris Carter was selected in the fourth round of the 1987 supplemental draft.
Though Carter is most known for his time with the Vikings, he had a brief three-year stint with the Eagles at the beginning of his career.
Widely considered one of the greatest receivers of all time, Carter was a consistent receiver who had a span of eight seasons beginning in 1993 with over 1,000 yards receiving.
Carter will eventually get into the Hall of Fame as his accomplishments include 1,101 receptions, 13,899 receiving yards and 130 touchdowns.