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Is the supplemental draft important?

Posted by Albert Breer  June 24, 2010 09:49 AM

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So will Unga (or Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli or Northwestern State RB Quentin Castille or Truman State utility player Vaness Emokpae or Illinois DT Joshua Price-Brent) make a big difference?

Probably not. But there's a chance that makes this an interesting twist to the offseason during a pretty dead time.

Real quick, here's how it works ... Teams can bid on players and, almost like the waiver wire works, are awarded those players accordingly. So if you bid, say, a fourth-round pick on Unga, and no one bids a 1, 2 or 3 on him, he's yours. If someone else also bids a 4, then priority reverts to the order from April's draft, with the team with the higher pick being awarded the player.

If you do get the player, you forfeit the corresponding pick in the next year's draft.

That's how the funny business worked with Kosar. The Browns, in 1985, traded for the Bills' 1986 first-round pick, having worked it out with Kosar that he would declare for the supplemental draft, rather than the April college draft. The Bills had the first pick in 1985, meaning they'd also have the highest priority in the supplemental draft that year. So in essence, they dealt that priority to Cleveland, who used it to draft Kosar, while surrendering the Bills' 1986 first-rounder.

So anyway, that's how the whole thing works.

And Unga does look like he can play. We'll see what happens here in a couple weeks.
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