Wedged between minicamp and training camp, in the slowest time of the NFL’s yearlong calendar, is the supplemental draft.
Last season, two players were taken in the league’s special summertime exemption draft. It should happen again this year.
In 2018, the New York Giants used a third-round pick to take cornerback Sam Beal. He missed last season recovering from shoulder surgery. Still, the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman are high on Beal.
“For what it’s worth, we really feel strongly that if Sam were in this draft he’d be a second-round pick,” Gettleman said at this year’s NFL Combine.
The other player taken last year was cornerback Adonis Alexander, whom Washington used a sixth-round pick on. He played sparingly in nine games last season and had just four tackles.
Thus far, five players are known to be in the 2019 supplemental draft. They are Northland Community College tight end Devonaire Clarington, Syracuse linebacker Shyhem Cullen, Saint Francis defensive back Bryant Perry, West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms and Washington State safety Jalen Thompson. Simms and Thompson are the two expected to be taken by a team. Those not selected will become free agents.
How does the NFL Supplemental Draft work?
The order for the supplemental draft is split into three tiers. The first tier consists of teams with six wins or less in the previous season. The second tier is the remainder of the teams that didn’t make the playoffs. The final tier is for playoff teams. A random draw orders each tier.
The full order this year is as follows:
Top priority for today's NFL supplemental draft:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 10, 2019
Supplemental draft priority cont'd:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 10, 2019
If a team wants a player, it places a bid in a corresponding round. If two or more teams place the same round bid on a player, the pick is awarded to whichever team is highest in the order.
If a player is awarded to a team, the team gives up the corresponding round pick in the next year’s draft. A team can’t bid a pick in a round that they don’t own. For instance, the Bears can’t bid a first-round pick on a player in the supplemental draft because it was traded to the Raiders as part of the Khalil Mack deal.
Players can only enter the supplemental draft if their eligibility has changed since the NFL draft in the spring. Those players also have to be approved by the NFL.
Here’s what you need to know about Thompson and Simms before the draft takes place on Wednesday:
Jalen Thompson, S, Washington State
Thompson considered entering the 2019 draft, but chose to return to Washington State for his senior season. He started three seasons for the Cougars, earning freshman All-American honors in 2016.