NFL Supplemental Draft set for July 9th


The leagues supplemental draft is set to take place on Thursday, July 9th. Since 1977 the NFL has held an additional, or supplemental draft to accommodate players who did not enter the regular rookie draft. Players may have missed the deadline due to numerous reasons, but the supplemental draft is always scheduled to take place after the amateur draft and before the beginning of the following season.

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Draft order is determined by the teams previous season record, not unlike the far more spectacular NFL draft. However, teams are divided into three groups. Teams of six or less wins, teams of seven or more wins that did not participate in the postseason, and the final 12 teams that did participate in the postseason. Teams will bid for players submitting what they consider the NFL draft equivalent round pick. Teams odds are weighted based on the previous years wins and losses record. This year the Tampa Bay Bucaneers have the best odds at the first overall pick, followed by the Tennessee Titans and so on. Teams that select a player in the draft will forfeit an equivalent round pick in the following years draft.

Dec 14, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

This year sees four players enter the supplemental draft. West Georgia defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, defensive end Darrius Caldwell, North Carolina Central wide receiver Adrian Wilkins and Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle. Battle will be this years top supplemental prospect, but there are no guarantees any of these players will be playing for a pro club come the end of July. The last player to be selected in the supplemental draft was wide receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon, as many know, was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 supplemental draft. The Browns would forfeit their second round pick the following year.

Other notable supplement draft picks include, quarterback Bernie Kosar selected in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, linebacker Brian Bosworth selected in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks, wide receiver Cris Carter selected in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles, linebacker Ahmad Brooks selected in the third round by the Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Terrell Pryor selected in the third round by the Oakland Raiders.