NFL Supplemental Draft 2017: Start Time, Date, Order, Rules, Eligible Prospects

KRISTOPHER KNOXJULY 10, 2017

 

The NFL shield logo is shown painted on the field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High before an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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That exciting moment of the NFL offseason we’ve all been waiting for is nearly upon us, folks! We’re talking about the NFL supplemental draft, of course.

OK, so we’re being a bit sarcastic here. Few of you are probably all that excited about the supplemental draft. The supplemental draft usually isn’t chock-full of talent, and teams often don’t bother to use draft picks during the selection process. However, some gems have been turned up during the supplemental draft, so diehard fans are going to take notice.

In recent years, we’ve seen players like Terrelle Pryor and Josh Gordon selected in the supplemental draft. Pryor recently made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver and is coming off a 1,000-yard season. Gordon’s substance-abuse issues have him on indefinite suspension, but he led the league in receiving in just his second pro season.

Will any surprising future star emerge from this year’s supplemental draft? We’ll find out on Wednesday when teams are eligible to make their bids.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2017 supplemental draft.

2017 NFL Supplemental Draft

When: July 12

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Format

The supplemental draft doesn’t work like the regular NFL draft. Instead of making draft selections in order, teams will bid on a player using a corresponding pick from the next year’s draft. For example, when the Cleveland Browns drafted Gordon in 2012, the team used a second-round bid and later surrendered its 2013 second-round pick.

Bids are weighted according to how a team performed the previous season. There are three groups of bid weights, with record determining ranking withing each. The first group consists of teams that had six or fewer wins the previous season. The second group is made up of non-playoff teams that had more than six wins. The third group is made up of the 12 playoff teams from the previous year.

If no team bids on a supplemental draft prospect, that player becomes eligible to be signed as a free agent. Often no picks are spent in the supplemental draft, and very rarely is more than one player selected.

Harvey Unga and Josh Brent were both taken in the 2010 supplemental draft, but only three players have been drafted since.

Who’s Eligible?

Not just any prospect can declare for the supplemental draft. This wasn’t always the case, but quarterback Bernie Kosar and the Cleveland Browns worked the system so that the two parties could unite in the 1985 supplemental draft. He essentially waited until after the regular draft to declare for the NFL.

Now, the only players who can declare for the supplemental draft are those who had planned to return to college but for one reason or another have been forced to withdraw since the end of the regular NFL draft.

2017 Prospects

This year, only two prospects are eligible for the supplemental draft. According to Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com, those players are defensive end Tavares Bingham of Georgia Military College and Western New Mexico running back Marques Rodgers:

Two prospects eligible for 2017 NFL Supplemental Draft, July 12: Georgia Military DE Tavares Bingham, Western New Mexico RB Marques Rodgers.

According to Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, both players’ college eligibility issues arise from academics.

Bingham exhausted his community college eligibility and has failed to find a four-year school with which to continue his college career. He racked up 12 total tackles and three sacks in six games during the 2015 season.

Rodgers is an undersized back who appears to have some big-play ability. According to the Mustangs’ official website, he measures in at 5’10”, 173 pounds and rushed for 1,296 yards on 229 carries in 2015. That’s an impressive average of 5.65 yards per carry—one which could catch the eye of NFL talent evaluators.

While Rodgers did produce some intriguing numbers during his limited time at Western New Mexico, it feels unlikely that he or Bingham will actually be selected in the supplemental draft.

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5 Responses to NFL Supplemental Draft 2017: Start Time, Date, Order, Rules, Eligible Prospects

  1. David says:

    many thanks to Rigel for reminding Me of the Supplemental Draft!

    not sure if Miami indulges or not, but fun to kick a couple names around and see if something catches the Dolphins eye.

    Doubt it though, slim pickins this year.

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Ian Rapoport‏Verified account @RapSheet 6h6 hours ago
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      The @NFL’s Supplemental Draft has started. … it has now ended. No players were selected. Only two were in it. … carry on. ✌?
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      Oh well. The possibility existed to land somebody, but not this year as it turns out. I wasn’t overly excited about any of this year’s prospects.

  2. professorlou says:

    Are things really that bad that all there is to talk about is the supplemental draft? lol

  3. professorlou says:

    check out Greg’s latest on the Phins. top 5 players with the most to prove in ’17:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_ITK7TgZ-Q

    • Marinofan13 says:

      Pretty good listen. Not sure I agree with the #1 ranking, but Likens made a good case.

      Missing from this list (or adding on to a top-10 list)…
      – Ja’Wuan James: will he earn his ’18 salary of $9.3M in ’17?
      – Byron Maxwell: will he play himself into a palatable contract extension, voiding his $10M salary in ’18?
      – Phins’ 6th WR: will Carroo stave off stiff competition from the young bucks?
      – Lawrence Timmons: will he fall victim to the ‘2-year vet contract’, getting cut after ’17 in favor of either Raekwon McMillon or moving Kiko back inside?
      – Cam Wake: will he finally show his true age, prompting us to take another pass-rusher early in the ’18 Draft to complement young Charles Harris for the future?

      ALL of these matters need to be carefully monitored.

      Good post, Prof Lou.

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