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It’s a tough road for any of today’s Supplemental prospects

Terrelle Pryor AP

In the next hour, Josh Gordon and the rest of the supplemental draft candidates will know their fate.

That’s just the beginning of their climb to an NFL job.

It’s a catch-up game all the way,” running back Harvey Unga told Len Pasquarelli of The Sports Xchange. “No matter how good a learner you are, you have to work so hard to get caught up.”

Unga was taken by the Bears in the seventh round of the 2010 Supplemental Draft, but has yet to play in a game, showing the long odds for today’s candidates.

The rough road is partly because of all the offseason installation has happened without them, and they have such a short time to get ready for training camp.

“It’s hard because you’re kind of like the kid who starts classes a month or two [into the semester],” said Tony Hollings, a running back selected by the Texans in the second round in 2003. “You’re behind from day one.”

Hollings is the highest-drafted player since 1999, and his career was easy to forget. He started one game in 23 appearances, and never scored a touchdown. Last year’s pick, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, is clearly a long-term project for the Raiders.

But since 10 of the 41 players chosen since 1977 never played a snap in the league, it’s fair to wonder about the chances of any of the eight players eligible today.

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5 Responses to “It’s a tough road for any of today’s Supplemental prospects”
  1. phillyphever says: Jul 12, 2012 12:51 PM

    Been a long time since there was an impact player that came from the supplemental draft (think it was Jamal Williams and Mike Wahle in 98. Not 100% sure). Gaither may still have a shot.

  2. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 12, 2012 1:01 PM

    wow.. thats actually a pretty big deal.

    but theres always one person that bucks the trend. always that one miss that the entire NFL lost out on. , Arian Foster, Terrel Davis, hell even Romo.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 12, 2012 1:21 PM

    Ahmad Brooks has been a huge bargain as a fourth round pick. Terrelle Pryor will be as well.

  4. granadafan says: Jul 12, 2012 4:04 PM

    These guys are better off finishing school and getting a degree. Most were kicked off the team for one reason or another, but they really ought to take advantage of school since football is a longshot.

  5. vltrophy14 says: Jul 13, 2012 2:48 PM

    As long as Leinart has been doing nothing in the league as a being drafted Pryor should have a long but fieldless career

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