The NFL Draft plays out annually with pomp and circumstance that seemingly grows each spring.
The annual Supplemental Draft, not so much.
The Supplemental Draft was held yesterday and none of the six eligible players – former UNLV defensive linemen James Boyd and Nate Holloway, Central Florida defensive end Toby Jackson, Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross and South Alabama cornerback Damond Smith – were taken.
Each is a free agent now and clubs may partake per their tastes or needs.
It is an avenue the Colts used once tremendously, and one the team narrowly avoided on another occasion that could have been a setback.
In 1984, Indianapolis used three supplemental picks at the close of the USFL. The Colts selected tight end Paul Bergman (UCLA), running back Albert Bentley (Miami) and defensive tackle Byron Smith (California).
Smith played a handful of games in 1984 and 1985, while Bentley went on to a very solid Colts career.
The Miami Hurricane blew into Indianapolis and started 33-of-88 career games through 1991, rushing for 2,355 yards and 19 touchdowns. Bentley was an accomplished receiver who had 226 receptions for 2,245 yards and eight touchdowns.
As a returnman, he held a 21.5 average on 148 career kickoff returns.
Bentley was one of most versatile Colts ever. He shared backfield duties with Randy McMillan and Eric Dickerson and never was full-time starter. Bentley’s career ended abruptly with a knee injury.
“Albert was one of those multi-purpose guys,” said Bill Brooks. “If you put Albert in the backfield, he could run the ball hard. If you say, ‘We’re third-and-one and you need that tough yard,’ Albert would stick his nose right in there and try to run over people. (You might say), ‘Albert we need some yards.’ He could run by people and get on the outside. (You might say), ‘Albert we need to get you out of the backfield and for you to catch the ball.’ Albert would catch the ball.
“If we needed him at wide receiver or kickoff returns, he’d do it. He was one of those guys that whatever the coaches asked him to do he would do that.
“He was a great teammate and did what he could for the team. Albert was a tremendous talent, a great teammate, worked hard, played through some tough injuries, but just wanted to contribute to the team, and he did a great job contributing.”
The USFL Supplemental Draft was not tied to the regular draft like yesterday’s selection process. The regular Supplemental Draft, done via email, carries a price. To use a selection in the Supplemental Draft, a team is forfeiting its rights to that pick in the next year’s main NFL Draft.
Indianapolis nearly had a tough decision in the 1987 Supplemental Draft when Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth was the prize.
As the selection order fell into place, Indianapolis held the second overall slot, just behind Seattle.
The Seahawks grabbed the celebrated linebacker, and Bosworth eventually started 24 career games over three seasons before calling his career quits after four career sacks.
On deck as Seattle mulled the choice, the Colts watched. When the Seahawks pounced, the Colts were spared a decision that would have cost the franchise its first-round pick in 1988.
As history played out, the Colts used that 1988 choice in a package to obtain Dickerson from the Los Angeles Rams, a future Hall-of-Famer who affected Bentley’s playing time.
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