The NFL will not hold the supplemental draft in 2020, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
The NFL Management Council Executive Committee discussed the issue, and decided not the hold the supplemental draft while the coronavirus pandemic was going on.
Under the CBA, the NFL may elect to hold a supplemental draft each year. The matter was discussed with the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, and in light of current conditions, the decision was made not to hold one.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 1, 2020
The supplemental draft is typically held in July, and allows players who were barred from the spring draft to latch on with an NFL team.
While it’s uncommon for teams to find star players in the supplemental draft, it’s not impossible. Cris Carter, Josh Gordon, Bernie Kosar and Terrelle Pryor were selected in the supplemental draft. Carter is the only Hall of Fame player to be taken in the supplemental draft.
If a team wants to select a player in the supplemental draft, that team must give up a future draft pick from the corresponding round in which they select a player. In Gordon’s case, the Cleveland Browns selected him in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft. As a result, the Browns gave up a second round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. If a team has no desire to draft a player, it can pass.
It’s unclear how the league will handle players who would have qualified for the supplemental draft in 2020. The league is likely working out that issue, and will reveal its plans once the supplemental draft is officially canceled.
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