Bears Add RB in Supplemental Draft

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.

6 Responses to “Bears Add RB in Supplemental Draft”

  1. Just more insurance in case Forte doesn’t show the explosiveness that he lost last year with his injury. Obviously Forte won’t get cut but I could see him taking Wolfe or Bell’s spot. Let the competition begin!

    Oh and I see Unga got kicked off the BYU team because he got his girlfriend pregnant, not taken lightly at BYU.

  2. I got through and got tickets! Bears vs Jets on the day after Christmas! How sweet is that?! Paying face value for tickets is so friggin sweet.

  3. Cool Higgins…guess I didn’t even know they went up for sale. Let’s both hope the Bears are playing for something at that time.

  4. Must be nice to have seasons. I am saving up for it, but the girlfriend wants to get married first. I am trying and failing to set her priorities straight. Can’t wait to freeze my ass off!

  5. Hayes states that this was the first time ever that the Bears have made a supplemental draft selection. The Bears have never done this before in the 33 year history of the supplemental draft. The first player chosen in 1977 was Al Hunter by the Seattle Seahawks. Other notables are Bernie Kosar, Brian Bosworth, Cris Carter, and Steve Walsh.

  6. Febster-Funny, the article has been updated since the day of publication. When it was written, it said “first time since 1977″. Now it says “first time since its inception.” Good to know.

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