The NFL is holding it’s annual Supplemental Draft today, giving teams a chance to draft — via bid — players that have become eligible since April’s draft. There are a couple intriguing names, but if history is any indication the Chiefs will not be active. As Josh Looney points out, Kansas City has only “selected” a player in the Supplemental Draft once: DE Darren Mickell.
A defensive end out of Florida, Mickell played in 25 games over four seasons with the Chiefs during the early 1990’s (1992-95). Although Mickell’s career numbers were well above the NFL’s average, he never fully developed into the player that most would have sought from what constituted to a 2nd round pick in 1993 NFL Draft. Still, he’s somewhat of a historic member in franchise history.
Mickell’s best season with KC came in his third season as a pro, starting 13 games to post 38 tackles and 7.0 sacks. That sack total was good enough for the third-most on the 1994 Chiefs, right behind DE Neil Smith (11.5) and LB Derrick Thomas (11.0).
The pool of candidates this year includes four players – BYU’s all-time leading rusher RB Harvey Unga, Illinois DT Joshua Price-Brent, former Nebraska/Northwestern State RB Quentin Castille and Truman State’s (NCAA Division II – Kirksville, MO) offensive play-maker Vaness Emokpae.
Last season, eight men made up the player pool for the 2009 Supplemental Draft. Of those eight, only one was selected; DE Jeremy Jarmon out of Kentucky. Jarmon played in 11 games (one start) for Washington last season and tallied 8 tackles.
The hottest name surrounding today’s Draft is Unga. Someone is going to snag him and he could go as high as the third round. Even though the Chiefs have been attached to him in several reports, I’d be surprised if Scott Pioli would be willing to part with anything higher than a 4th round choice on a player that is likely to barely see the field his rookie season.
The other guy to look out for is Price-Brent. As Jarmon showed last year, teams clamor for defensive lineman with potential and this kid is full of it. With the Chiefs lack of depth inside, it’s not the craziest idea to take a chance on him with a 7th round bid and see if it’s enough to get him to Kansas City.