Back Interests Pack In Supplemental Draft

The no-frills Supplemental Draft will held via e-mail on Thursday. The Packers sent a scout to watch the top player in the draft, a source told Packer Report, and we have his scouting report. (Note: The Packers did not select anyone in today's draft.)

The NFL's Supplemental Draft will be held via e-mail on Thursday.

Chances are, the Green Bay Packers will remain silent. First of all, they haven't participated in the draft since sacrificing a second-round pick on Navy guard Mike Wahle in 1998. Second of all, the best player in this draft – perhaps the only player who will be drafted – is BYU running back Harvey Unga.

Running back isn't a need, not with Ryan Grant entrenched as the starter, Brandon Jackson entrenched in his situational role and with sixth-round pick James Starks joining undrafted rookie Quinn Porter and holdover Kregg Lumpkin.

But Unga is an impressive prospect, and having Brett Favre didn't stop the Packers from drafting Mark Brunell in 1993, Jay Barker in 1995, Kyle Wachholtz in 1996, Ronnie McAda in 1997, Matt Hasselbeck in 1998, Aaron Brooks in 1999, Craig Nall in 2002 and Aaron Rodgers in 2005.

Unga rushed for 3,446 yards and 35 touchdowns over the last three seasons. He caught 102 passes during that span, including 44 in 2007 and 42 in 2008.

Unga made himself available for the Supplemental Draft after being thrown out of school for admittedly breaking the school's honor code for having premarital sex. His girlfriend gave birth to their son a few weeks ago.

At 6-foot-1 and 244 pounds and with tremendous hands, he certainly fits the mold of a Packers running back. According to a source, the Packers attended his personal pro day, in which he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds, posted a 35-inch vertical leap, did 19 reps on the 225-pound bench press and caught every pass thrown his direction.

He's expected to go in the fourth round, though a source said it's doubtful he'd be available to the Packers in that round because of their record last season.

"Harvey has proven to be a durable back as he's carried the grand majority of the workload in each of his three seasons and rushed for 1,000 yards in each of those years," said Brandon Gurney, the managing editor of's BYU site, "He's surprisingly nimble on his feet for a player of his stature and has above-average speed as proven by his 4.6 40 as timed at his workout. He's very adept at catching the football out of the backfield and was actually almost switched to tight end by Cougar coaches as a freshman.

"He's yet to show if he can prove to be a good lead blocker out of the backfield due to how he was played while at BYU, but he has proven to be adept at picking up blitzes on passing plays. He has very good vision and instincts for a running back and knows how to run downhill, which matches his physical makeup and abilities."

The other draftable prospect is Illinois defensive lineman Joshua Brent-Price. At 6-foot-2 and 321 pounds, he translates to defensive tackle in a 4-3 or an end in a 3-4, but the Packers are well-stocked at that position. He was ruled academically ineligible for his senior season.

The other prospects, Northwestern State running back Quentin Castille and Truman State halfback/fullback Vanness Emokpae, likely will not be drafted. Castille was kicked out of Nebraska because of a violation of team rules. Emokpae earned his degree and decided to go to the NFL now rather than wait a year.

Players who are not drafted become unrestricted free agents.

In the 32 previous supplemental drafts, 39 players have been selected, with Cris Carter and Bernie Kosar topping the list.

In this no-frills draft, teams tell the league the players they're interested in drafting and the round in which they would take them. If the Packers were to tell the league they'd take Unga in the fourth round but a team like the Rams also would take Unga in the fourth round, he'd go to the Rams based on last year's records. If the Packers were to draft Unga in the fourth round, they'd lose their fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft.

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