The NFL will forego holding an additional draft again, as the league has informed teams they won’t have one this summer (per NFL Network). In the supplemental draft, any team that made a bid on a player would have to forfeit their draft pick in that round the following season (for example, using a third-round pick as a bid on a player in the supplemental draft would result in a dropping a third-round pick in the NFL Draft next year).
Players eligible for the supplemental draft include any player whose draft eligibility changed between the time of the NFL Draft and July – when the supplemental draft usually took place. Safety Jalen Thompson was the last player taken in an extra draft, as the Arizona Cardinals placed a fifth-round offer on him in 2019. Thompson has 197 tackles, four interceptions and 11 assists defended in three seasons with the Cardinals – from 25 of 37 games.
With no extra draft picks this year, let’s take a look at the top five extra draft picks in NFL history since the process was enacted in 1977.
A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft by the Browns, Gordon’s off-court issues have taken center stage after a strong start to his career. Look no further than a 2013 season when Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards and 117.6 receiving yards per game – earning an All-Pro selection at age 22.
Gordon has missed more than 50 games for offenses during his career, having racked up just 1,833 yards since the start of the 2014 season. He was suspended in December 2019 for violating league policies on addiction and performance-enhancing drugs, and was only reinstated in September 2021. He showed flashes on the pitch, but the many violations hampered Gordon’s potential to have a great career. .
4. Bernie Kosar, Miami Quarterback, Browns
The first pick in the 1985 supplemental draft, Kosar became a star for the Browns in the mid-to-late 1980s — a time when the franchise reached three AFC Championship games in five years. Kosar won a playoff game three straight years in Cleveland, made the Pro Bowl in 1987, and led the league twice (1986, 1988).
In nine years with the Browns, Kosar threw for 21,904 yards with 116 touchdowns on 81 interceptions. He is third in franchise history in passing yards and passing touchdowns (behind Brian Sipe and Otto Graham in both categories) and was the last quarterback to start the opener in the season for the team for five consecutive seasons.
Kosar is one of the most beloved players in Browns history and was just games away from taking the franchise to a Super Bowl at its peak.
3. Rob Moore, Syracuse WR, Jets
Moore was a strong receiver in the league for a decade, finishing with 628 catches for 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns with the Jets and Cardinals. An additional first-round selection by the Jets in 1990, Moore made the Pro Bowl in 1994 in his final season with the team when he had 1,010 yards and six touchdowns.
Moore played with the Cardinals after being traded there in 1995, with two 1,000-yard seasons (1996, 1997) and was one of the league’s top deep ball receivers. He led the NFL with 1,584 yards in 1997 when he posted a career-high 97 catches.
Leg injuries ended Moore’s career prematurely, as he never played another regular season snap after the 1999 season (even though Moore was on a roster for two more years).
2. Jamal Williams, Oklahoma State TD, Chargers
The Chargers’ second-round pick in the 1998 supplemental draft, Williams became one of the best nose tackles in the game in the mid-2000s. He earned two consecutive All-Pro selections (2005, 2006) and three consecutive selections in the Pro Bowl (2005, 2006, 2007).
Williams has started 135 of 167 games in his 13-year career (12 with San Diego) and finished with double-digit tackles for two losses. The Chargers received excellent value betting on Williams.
1. Cris Carter, Ohio State WR, Eagles
A fourth-round pick in the 1987 supplemental draft, Carter is the only supplemental draft pick to have reached the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Philadelphia Eagles took Carter in 1987 and he had three productive seasons with the team (catching 11 touchdowns in 1989) before being released due to substance abuse issues.
Carter was claimed by the Minnesota Vikings and had eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 1993-2000, leading the league in receptions once (1994) and touchdown catches three times (1995, 1997, 1999). He earned two All-Pro selections, eight Pro Bowl selections, and was a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team.
Carter finished his career with 1,101 catches for 13,899 yards and 130 receiving touchdowns. He is sixth on the all-time receptions list, 13th all-time in receiving yards and fourth in touchdown catches. He is considered one of the greatest receivers in NFL history.