Today is the NFL’s Supplemental Draft.
What does that mean? You may not realize it, but there are two NFL Drafts each year. The first one generates most of the attention. It takes place in the spring. It is widely covered by the media. Many of the top prospects show up. Teams have big press conferences for the players they pick.
The second draft is a much quieter affair. It is called the Supplemental Draft. It is for players who missed the filing deadline for the first draft but now want to play in the NFL. Players who enter this draft sometimes do so because issues with their eligibility have come up that may prevent them from playing for their college team. There are other reasons, though.
There usually are only a handful of players who file for the Supplemental Draft.
The selection process is different from the regular draft. It essentially works like a silent auction. If a team isn’t interested in any eligible player, it does not have to submit a bid.
If a team does want a player, it submits a bid with a round on it. If that team ends up with the winning bid, it loses the pick from the same round in the next year’s regular NFL Draft.
For example, Team A might bid a third round pick on a player this year. If the team wins the bid, it is awarded the player. Team A would then also lose its third round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Team B may have bidded a fourth round pick on the same player. Since Team A bidded a third round pick, Team B loses. Team B does not have to give up any 2018 picks, however, since it did not submit a winning bid.
What happens if Team A and Team B both bid third round picks? It depends which has the higher pick in the Supplemental Draft.
The order of picks is a bit different from the regular draft. It is determined by a lottery system.
Teams are placed into three groups.
- Group A (Teams with 6 or less wins the previous year)
- Group B (Teams with 7 or more wins the previous year that missed the Playoffs)
- Group C (Playoff teams from the previous year)
There is a lottery held in each group. The lottery is weighted with the worst record giving you the best chance of a higher pick. All Group A teams will be higher in the order than Group B teams. All Group B teams will be higher in the order than Group C teams.
Two players have filed for this year’s Supplemental Draft. They are Georgia Military College defensive lineman Tavares Bingham and Western New Mexico running back Marques Rodgers.