In one of the more quieter moments in the NFL, in which not many fans have even heard of the event, the NFL Supplemental Draft is rapidly approaching. This Thursday will be the day when all 32 NFL teams have the chance to select from a group of collegiate players who have either dropped out of school, been dismissed from their team, or left their respective campuses for personal reasons before they graduated from college. However, some teams, if not most teams, choose to avoid selecting any of these players because they would in turn be forced to surrender a draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. For example, if a team selects a player in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft, they would then lose their third round pick in the following NFL Draft. With that said, there is one select player who should come off the board Thursday, and there’s a chance that he could land in Tampa Bay.
Harvey Unga, the talented running back out of BYU, left his campus because he was dismissed from the school for violating the strict code of ethics at Brigham Young. But that doesn’t take away from his talent on the gridiron. In case you have never heard of Unga, here’s a quick rundown of how he fared in his BYU playing days:
- 692 carries in his 3-year career
- 3,446 rushing yards
- 35 touchdowns
- At BYU, Unga surpassed 1,000 rushing yards every year.
- 102 catches for 1,085 yards
Clearly, Unga is an all-around threat coming out of the backfield, and let’s not forget that he is a big man (6’0”, 240 lbs). In Tampa Bay, Unga would fill the need for a big back (considering that Earnest Graham is the every down full back now). With Cadillac Williams starting, and Derrick Ward chipping in (hopefully with big play potential this season), bringing in Unga would give the Bucs a third down option who can either run the ball north and south or catch the ball on a swing pass to pick up the first. However you look at it, drafting Unga would benefit the Tampa offense.
But what would Tampa have to give up in order to get the talented BYU halfback? Well, many scouts are projecting him to fall in the third or fourth round of the draft. In my opinion, I think Tampa should use their third round pick on him considering that he has a chance to make an impact for them this season.
But there’s a few other teams out there who are interested in the young man, such as the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. So will Tampa Bay beat these teams to the punch on Thursday? We’ll find out shortly, and I will keep you guys updated on the situation.