What is the NFL supplemental draft?
The reason players are once in a while picked in the NFL supplemental draft is straightforward. The configuration is with the end goal that a group relinquishes a pick in the next year’s draft in the event that it chooses a player in the supplemental draft. Why surrender, say, a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft for a player who was qualified for yet didn’t enter the 2019 NFL Draft?
Except if that player is an ability like Josh Gordon, who was picked in the 2012 supplemental draft, it’s a misuse of a future draft pick. All things considered, if a player who has entered the supplemental draft doesn’t get chosen, he promptly turns into an unlimited free specialist and is allowed to sign with any group.
At the point when the NFL says “players whose qualification has changed since the NFL Draft,” it implies players who are not ready to return for their last periods of school, commonly because of scholastic issues or suspension. To be qualified to enter the supplemental draft, a player must be in any event three years expelled from secondary school and entering his last year of school qualification.
As clarified by SN a year ago, the NFL supplemental draft essentially works like a quiet sell off. Groups can secretly offer on players utilizing one year from now’s draft picks, and the group that offers the most astounding draft single out a player is granted that player. That group, however, loses the comparing pick it offer in one year from now’s draft.
For instance, a year ago, the Redskins offer on and were granted Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander with a 6th round pick in the supplemental draft. Alexander was quickly added to Washington’s 90-man program for preparing camp, and the group needed to relinquish its 6th round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
In the occasion two groups offer a similar single out a player in the supplemental draft, the NFL goes to a foreordained draft request dependent on a three-layered framework. The primary level comprises of groups with five or less successes from last season. The subsequent level comprises of groups with in excess of five successes yet didn’t make the playoffs last season. The third level comprises of playoff groups from last season. Inside every level, a lottery framework — which is much the same as the NBA Draft lottery — decides the request for the groups.
Who is eligible for the NFL supplemental draft in 2019?
Five players are eligible for the NFL supplemental draft in 2019: Washington State defensive back Jalen Thompson, West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms, Syracuse linebacker Shyheim Cullen and Northland Community College tight end Devonaire Clarington and Saint Francis defensive back Bryant Perry.
- Jalen Thompson, DB, Washington State
Thompson recently lost his final year of eligibly at Washington State due to an NCAA rules violation. According to The Spokesman-Review, the violation “stems from the purchase of an over-the-counter supplement at a local nutrition store, although the source made a point to emphasize it was not a steroid.”
Thompson’s late entry in the supplemental draft made him the new favorite (and a strong bet) to be selected. The two-time All-Pac-12 selection is a 6-0, 195-pounder who started all 13 games at safety for the Cougars last season.
- Marcus Simms, WR, West Virginia
Simms is a 6-0, 200-pound, speedy receiver who put up solid numbers — 87 catches, 1,457 yards, 8 TDs — for the Mountaineers. He had entered the NCAA’s transfer portal due to a alleged violation of West Virginia’s conduct code but instead chose to try the NFL.
Charles Goldman of USA Today’s Chiefs Wire suggested Kansas City could take a long look at Simms in the supplemental draft.
- Shyhem Cullen, LB, Syracuse
Academic issues led to Cullen being declared ineligible for 2019 by the NCAA. According to Syracuse.com, Cullen “was recently measured at 39 inches in the vertical jump — a mark that would’ve tied for third among linebackers in the NFL Combine. He also checked in at 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash (t-fifth) and 118 inches in the broad jump (t-14th). He consistently pushes out 23 reps (t-10th) in the 225-pound bench press.”
- Devonaire Clarington, TE, Northland Community College
Clarington is an interesting story. He was a big recruit for Texas back in 2015, but he ended up never playing for the Longhorns due to academic issues. The 6-6, 230-pound tight end transferred to Blynn Junior College and eventually Northland.
- Bryant Perry, DB, Saint Francis
In seven games last season with Saint Francis, Perry recorded 24 tackles (18 solo) and three pass breakups. The Chicago native also spent two seasons at Mesabi Range College in Virginia, Minn., where he recorded 55 tackles, six pass breakups, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.