History working against supplemental draft picks

Supplemental draft success stories are rare, which is why many teams believe the summertime lottery isn't worth the risk, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: July 11, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Whether the Cincinnati Bengals got a bargain or a bust when they invested a third-round choice on linebacker Ahmad Brooks in last summer's supplemental draft remains a matter still open to debate.

There are indications, however, that head coach Marvin Lewis and his staff just might win their gamble on the former University of Virginia star.

"I think with just about every guy who has been taken [in the supplemental draft], there have been questions about their maturity, and ...

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