Somewhat surprising. In yesterday’s little-publicized NFL Supplemental Draft, the Bears added Brigham Young running back Harvey Unga, basically by spending their 2011 seventh round pick on him. Good job by Neil Hayes of the Sun-Times, I was going to say that in my 32 years of watching Bears football, I can’t remember them ever making a selection in the supplemental draft. And this was right, as Hayes points out they last did so in 1977, before I was old enough to follow. I can’t figure out what pick that would have been.
One may think the Bears would have this information and it would be a part of the story on their website, but it’s not.
Anyway, it’s somewhat surprising because the Bears are loaded at running back. 2007 third-round pick Garrett Wolfe and 2009 undrafted free agent Khalil Bell were already in a battle for the final roster spot, so this adds even more competition there. But Unga is BYU’s all-time leading rusher, and some experts had a third or fourth-round grade on him.