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A Quick Look at the NFL Supplemental Draft

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 16, 2009 – 8:58 am

In a blog entry yesterday we mentioned Cris Carter, in reference to the fact that he was in town working with Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald and a couple Vikings WRs. And then this morning I’ve come across a couple of items on various sites about the NFL Supplemental Draft, which will be held this afternoon.

That combination of events led me to remember that Cris Carter, the greatest WR in Vikings history, was actually a 4th round selection in the 1987 NFL Supplemental Draft. It seems hard to believe that a player who turned out to be one of the greatest WRs in NFL history was actually not even drafted in a regular NFL draft.

Cris Carter’s NFL story has been well-chronicled, so we won’t go into the details right here. But his story is a great reminder that not all NFL stars were Heisman Trophy winners or 1st-round picks who signed mega-contracts before their first year in the League. Some of the league’s greatest success stories are the product of late-round picks, or undrafted players, or players taken in the supplemental draft.

As I mentioned above, the 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft will happen today. Gil Brandt, a former NFL personnel guru and current contributor to NFL.com, has a piece on NFL.com right now that previews and discusses the supplemental draft. It’s a good read and I suggest checking it out.


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2 Responses to “A Quick Look at the NFL Supplemental Draft”

  1. By Nam Huynh on Jul 16, 2009 | Reply

    I don’t anticipate the Vikings selecting anyone in this draft. None of the “top” position players are of needs for the Vikings and with a Veteran team, the Vikings need next years picks to balance the age on their roster.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Jul 20, 2009 | Reply

    It definately doesn’t look like it’s worth the cost. Maybe if there were a huge standout corner in there, but it sounds like there’s nobody that will provide the team with any help that we need. We’re better off just aiming at free agency for whatever minor holes that we need to fill.

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