The NFL’s Supplemental Draft takes place later today. And there are some major differences between this draft and the NFL Draft that you need to know about prior to the event. Therefore, I offer you this quick reference guide of the five things you need to know about the NFL’s 2012 Supplemental Draft:
1.) Each team will email the league office today with their bid on a particular player. Their bid consists of the round they are willing to take the eligible player in. The team with the highest bid/highest round offered, wins.
2.) If the team wins the player, they forfeit that rounds’ pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Example: If the Dallas Cowboys select Baylor wideout Josh Gordon by offering the third round for him, Dallas loses their third round pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
3.) If multiple teams bid for the same player and offer the same round for said player, the league uses a lottery system to determine the winner. This lottery is perform prior to the draft and is similar to the NBA Draft lottery. It’s a very complicated system but in essence the team with the worst record last season has a greater chance of landing the player than teams with a better record.
4.) There are only eight players in this year’s supplemental draft. They are: TCU’s Ed Wesley (RB); Louisiana Tech’s Houston Tuminello (WR); Baylor’s Josh Gordon (WR); Boise State’s Quaylon Ewing-Burton (CB); Newman’s Larry Lumpkin (LB); Syracuse’s Adam Harris (RB); Iowa State’s Adrian Haughton (T) and Georgia’s Montez Robinson (DE).
5.) Since 1977, only 41 players have ever been selected in the Supplemental Draft. Out of those players, exactly “zero” have been elected to the Hall of Fame. In fact, only two have been selected to attend a Pro Bowl. They are WR Cris Carter and QB Bernie Kosar. Last year, Ohio State’s disgruntled QB Terrelle Pryor was taken with a third round offer by the Oakland Raiders.