Thursday afternoon, the NFL will conduct its annual ‘Supplemental Draft’ as seven collegiate players will hope to be selected by any one of the league’s 32 teams. But, what exactly is the Supplemental Draft, and how does it work? Here’s a general outline along with some information on the seven players in it this year:
Held after the NFL Draft, the Supplemental Draft is designed to help players who did not enter the league’s regular NFL Draft due to the fact they missed the deadline to file for the draft, or because issues developed which could have impacted their eligibility (behavioral, academic.)
The Supplemental Draft is ordered by a weighted system that is divided into three groupings: First come the teams that had six or fewer wins last season. Second are the non-playoff teams. Third are the teams that made the playoffs. The Supplemental Draft differs from the league’s main draft as there is no specific or running ‘draft order’ in which teams go select pick-by-pick. Instead, if a team is interested in a player, that team submits a “bid” to the commissioner for the round in which they would select that player.
If no other team places a bit on that player at an earlier/higher spot, the team is awarded that player. In return, the team gives up the equivalent pick in the ensuing year’s draft. For example, in 2012, the Cleveland Browns selected receiver Josh Gordon with a second-round bid in the Supplemental Draft. Cleveland was awarded Gordon, and in turn lost their 2013 second-round pick.
In the Supplemental Draft’s history, the Jets have selected just one player: Syracuse receiver Rob Moore with a first-round bid in 1990. Moore went on to play 12 NFL seasons (Jets 1990-1994, Arizona Cardinals 1995-2001) and caught 628 passes for 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns.
Moore was voted to the Pro Bowl twice (1994, 1997) and selected All-Pro once (1997). In ’97 Moore set career-highs in receptions (97), yards (1,584) and touchdowns (8). Presently, Moore is the Oakland Raiders receivers’ coach.
In the league’s history, 42 players have been selected in the NFL’s Supplemental Draft. Six players have been selected since 2007, but none since Gordon in 2012. The following are the last 10 players selected in the Supplemental Draft:
Josh Gordon, WR, 2nd Round, Cleveland Browns
Terrelle Pryor, QB, 3rd Round, Oakland Raiders
Josh Prent, NT, 7th Round, Dallas Cowboys
Harvey Unga, RB, 7th Round, Chicago Bears
Manuel Wright, DT, 5th Round, Miami Dolphins
Tony Hollings, RB, 2nd Round, Houston Texans
This year, seven players have declared themselves eligible for the Supplemental Draft, highlighted by Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, who started 11 games for the Tigers a season ago. Those seven players are listed below:
2015 SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT PROSPECTS
Isaiah Battle, Offensive Tackle, Clemson
- 6’7, 290lbs
- Started 11 games in 2014
- 6’4, 300lbs
- 40 tackles, 3.5 sacks in 2015
Darrius Caldwell, Defensive End, West Georgia
- 6’6, 245lbs
- 69 tackles, 12 sacks in 2014
- 6’2, 225lbs
- 44 tackles, 0.5 sacks in 2014
Sean McQuillan, Tight End, UConn
- 6’3, 247lbs
- Caught 16 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in 2014
Kevin Short, Defensive Back, Kansas
- Did not play in college (Personal Reasons)
Adrian Wilkins, Receiver, North Carolina Central
- 5’8, 170lbs
- Caught 50 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns.