There have been 43 players selected in the National Football League's Supplemental Draft since it was created in 1977. The Supplemental Draft created an opportunity for players who had various circumstances affect their eligibility and did not enter the main NFL Draft. Let's take a look at the six greatest players that were selected in the NFL's Supplemental Draft.
6. Mike Wahle, OL, Green Bay Packers/Carolina Panthers
After testing positive for steroids, Wahle was ruled ineligible for his final year at the U.S. Naval Academy, but that didn't stop the Packer's from jumping on the 6'6 blocker.
It took a couple of years, but in 2001 he became the full-time starter and in 2005 he was a Pro Bowl selection.
As an above-average space-clearing guard, he enjoyed a nice 11 years in the league.
5. Ahmad Brooks, LB, Cincinnati Bengals/San Francisco 49ers/Green Bay Packers
An All-American at Virginia who was dismissed due to off-field issues, Brooks never found success in his career until he left the Bengals for the 49ers.
In San Fran, his potential finally paid off as he became the full-time starter in his fifth year as a pro, which gave the Niners a versatile linebacker on a team that was a Super Bowl contender.
Brooks made the Pro Bowl in 2013 as he put up 8.5 sacks and 60 tackles on a team that nearly made it to the Super Bowl.
4. Rob Moore, WR, New York Jets/Arizona Cardinals
As the top overall pick in the 1990 Supplemental Draft by the Jets, Moore enjoyed a nice career where he made two Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro receiver in 1997.
In his 10 years in the league, he put up 628 catches, 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns with 14.9 yards per reception.
He had three 1,000+ receiving yard seasons.
3. Bernie Kosar, QB, Cleveland Browns/Dallas Cowboys/Miami Dolphins
Seeing a quarterback from the Cleveland Browns might be surprising but this was Cleveland's last true franchise quarterback who was actually pretty good.
Kosar was with Cleveland for almost nine years, putting up 21,904 yards, 116 touchdowns and 81 interceptions with a 58.8 completion percentage, 53-51-1 record and a Pro Bowl selection.
Despite early success, the Browns never found success with Kosar at quarterback, and they released him in 1993. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys and won a Super Bowl as the backup quarterback.
2. Jamal Williams, DT, San Diego Chargers/Denver Broncos
Jamal Williams, an All-Pro defensive tackle three times as well as a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was a big part of the Chargers defense in the 2000s.
Selected in the second-round of the 1998 Supplemental Draft, Williams went on a four-year run from 2005 to 2008 where he peaked and led one of the league's top rushing defenses to dominance.
He finished his career with 13 sacks and 344 tackles.
1. Cris Carter, WR, Philadelphia Eages/Minnesota Vikings
One of the best wide receivers of all time and the only player from the supplemental draft to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cris Carter is easily the best player taken.
After a rough few seasons with the Eagles and a dispute with coach Buddy Ryan, Carter was released and picked up by Minnesota.
Carter saw immense success with Minnesota. In his 12 years there, he had 1,004 receptions for 12,383 yards, 110 touchdowns and was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection as well a three-time All-Pro.
Carter was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.