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NFL could see influx of CFB players applying for supplemental draft


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As the NCAA deals with the uncertainty for a 2020 college football season, the NFL is watching closely with an eye on what could prove to be a loaded class of college football players applying for the supplemental draft.

According to The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones, uncertainty for the college football season is leading many around the NFL to believe there will be an influx of players petitioning to be part of the 2020 supplemental draft.

The NFL’s supplemental draft is held in July each year to provide an opportunity for players that didn’t apply for the NFL Draft before the filing date in January or due to issues involving their collegiate eligibility.

As part of the supplemental draft, teams privately submit their bids on a player with a specific round pick. If a team places the highest pick priority on a player, such as a first-round pick, they are awarded the player as long as they have the top priority. In exchange for the player, the team will give up the draft pick it bid in the following NFL Draft.

Top college football players could petition the NFL for inclusion in the supplemental draft, arguing that a lost or altered 2020 college football season was the reason for them to declare. However, it would be unprecedented territory for the NFL and it’s unknown how the league would treat those petitions.

If a few college football stars are granted eligibility for the supplemental draft this summer, it could lead to teams being far more aggressive. Given we haven’t seen more than two players taken in a single supplemental draft since 1989, the 2020 draft could be historic.





Per the NFL, “Teams do not have to participate in the supplemental draft; if they choose to do so, they may bid for the player by telling the league the round in which they would like to take a specific player. If no other club bids on that player, they are awarded the player and lose a pick in the following year’s NFL Draft that corresponds with the round in which they were awarded the player.

“If multiple teams submit bids for the player, the highest bidder is awarded that player and loses the corresponding draft pick.”

The first tier consists of teams with five or fewer wins from last season. The second tier consists of teams with more than five wins but did not make the playoffs last season. The third tier consists of playoff teams from last season. Within each tier, a lottery system — which is just like the NBA Draft lottery — determines the order of the teams.

So if a team in the first tier and a team in the second tier both bid a fourth-round pick on a player in the supplemental draft, the team in the first tier is awarded the player.



Would you spend next year's draft capital on a player that becomes eligible because of this pandemic?

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