NFL postpones supplemental draft for third time in a row
June 25, 2022
According to NFL Network, the league has announced that there will be no supplemental draft this summer. Supplemental drafts have not been done since before the COVID-19 pandemic, and it changed how leagues worldwide run their operations.
Any team that bids on a player in the supplemental draft will forfeit its draft pick in that round the following season. A third-round pick used in the supplemental draft as a bid on a player would lose a third-round selection next year.
Players eligible for the supplemental draft are those who changed their draft eligibility from the time of the NFL Draft until July when the supplemental draft usually takes place.
A fifth-round bid was placed on safety Jalen Thompson by the Arizona Cardinals in the last supplemental draft in 2019. In three seasons with the Cardinals, Thompson racked up 197 tackles, four interceptions, and 11 passes defended.
As there will be no supplemental draft this year, let's take a look back at the top five NFL supplemental draft picks since 1977.
Josh Gordon, Baylor WR, Cleveland Browns
After an excellent start to his career, Gordon's off-the-field issues took center stage after being selected in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft by the Browns.
The 22-year-old player led the league with 1,646 yards and 117.6 receiving yards per game in 2013, earning him an All-Pro selection. Despite showing flashes on the field, Gordon's numerous violations have hampered his career potential.
Bernie Kosar, Miami QB, Cleveland Browns
A few plays away from bringing the Browns to a Super Bowl, Kosar is one of the most beloved players in Browns' history. Kosar threw 21,904 yards with 116 touchdowns to 81 interceptions in nine years with the Browns. During the mid-to-late 1980s, the Browns reached three AFC Championship Games in five years thanks to Kosar, the first pick in the 1985 supplemental draft.
Rob Moore, Syracuse WR, New York Jets
With the Jets and Cardinals, Moore caught 628 passes for 9,368 yards and 49 touchdowns in a decade. Moore was selected by the Jets in the first round of the supplemental draft in 1990 and made the Pro Bowl in 1994, his final season with the team.
As a deep-ball receiver, Moore had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Cardinals after getting traded there in 1995. His career-high 97 catches in 1997 led the NFL in yards with 1,584. Although Moore was on a roster for two more seasons after the 1999 season, his career was prematurely ended by leg injuries.
Jamal Williams, Oklahoma State DT, Los Angeles Chargers
In the mid-2000s, Williams developed into one of the best nose tackles in the game after being selected by the Chargers in the second round of the 1998 supplemental draft. Over his 13-year career, Williams started 135 of 167 games, 12 with San Diego, and recorded double-digit tackles twice. Taking a chance on Williams paid off for the Chargers.
Cris Carter, Ohio State WR, Philadelphia Eagles
As the only supplemental draft pick to reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Carter was selected in the fourth round of the 1987 draft. In 1987, Carter was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played for three seasons, catching 11 touchdowns in 1989. Substance abuse resulted in his release.
Carter caught 1,101 passes for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns in his career. He ranks sixth all-time in receptions, 13th in receiving yards, and fourth in touchdown catches. Carter is regarded as one of the greatest receivers in NFL history.