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NFL Supplemental Draft Looms On Barren Football Horizon


If you are feeling blue about the NFL preseason still being a few weeks away then I suggest you start looking forward to the NFL’s Supplemental Draft on July 12.

Sure, the Supplemental Draft is usually a mid-July letdown. It rarely turns out to be an exciting affair and then we get back to being bored for another week or so until teams start reporting to training camp. This year, especially now that Al Davis is no longer with us, figures to extra boring.

If you aren’t in the know here, the Supplemental Draft is a second chance draft for players who, for certain circumstances, weren’t able to enter the real draft in April. Teams basically pick in the same order as they did in the real NFL Draft, however they bid a pick on the player they want. So the pool of players will be available for rounds 1-7. Each team gets its turn and decides if they want to pick a player in that round. At the end of the round, the team that picked a player the earliest. So if the Chiefs select a guy in the 11th slot but the Colts select him in the 1st slot, the Colts get him. The picks come from the 2013 draft so if a team is awarded a player they forfeit that pick.

It isn’t official yet but Adam Caplan of The Sideline View is reporting that agents and NFL officials have told him the Supplemental Draft will happen on July 12. There are rumors that up to 10 players could be available, including former Baylore WR Josh Gordon.

Generally the Supplemental Draft is a dull affair. Many times, the players in the draft are there because of some sort of character concerns or suspensions that kept them from being in the regular draft. Other times, transferring schools and other situations could be the reason. Regardless, teams generally don’t like to waste high draft picks here. Though the Oakland Raiders, God bless them, did use a third round pick on former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor.

It is probably unlikely that the Chiefs would select anyone in this year’s draft and even if they did there is a chance we’d never find out about it because another team might get the player first. Still, it’s fun to speculate. Scott Pioli has shown he can surprise us when it comes to player acquisitions so I wouldn’t rule anything out.

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