2019 NFL Supplemental Draft Preview

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The 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft takes place on Wednesday, July 10th. It may not draw the same attention as the NFL Draft, but that doesn’t mean fans shouldn’t pay attention. The Supplemental Draft is a draft that features 2020 NFL Draft prospects that have either off-field issues, academic ineligibility, or any other restrictions that do not allow the player to compete in their final collegiate season. Here’s your complete guide to the supplemental draft.

Supplemental Draft Quick Facts

  • The Supplemental Draft has had a total of 45 players drafted since being created in 1977
  • Chris Carter (1987) is the only player from the supplemental draft to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
  • The Supplemental Draft has had eight pro bowlers selected in its history
  • The Supplemental Draft has had eight players selected over the last ten years
  • Last year’s draft featured as many as two selections (Sam Beal, Adonis Alexander)
  • Up until last year, the draft had not seen a selection since 2015 when the St. Louis Rams took offensive tackle Isaiah Battle in the 5th round
  • Only one player in the last ten years has made the Pro Bowl (Josh Gordon, 2012)

Rules

All NFL teams in the league are eligible to partake in the draft. The rules are simple. Because the draft includes potential 2020 prospects, organizations use their 2020 draft picks. For instance, if a team has a third-round pick next year and decide to use a third-round pick on Sam Beal like the Giants did last year, that third-round pick is forfeited in the upcoming draft, and that pick of Beal is considered the team’s selection. The great thing about the Supplemental draft is that an organization can spend next year’s draft capital to find a contributor for their team this year.

As mentioned, it’s all done in a bidding process done via email. The draft takes place at 1 p.m. ET, and the results will be released to the public later in the day.

Every team in the NFL is broken up into three specific groups:

  1. Team with six or fewer wins
  2. Non-playoff teams with seven-plus wins
  3. Playoff teams

For example, the New York Giants won five games last year; therefore, they would fall into the first group. The Pittsburgh Steelers went 9-6-1 but failed to make the playoffs, putting them into group two. Lastly, the Los Angeles Rams made the playoffs, and they would fall into group three.

Teams make their bids and if the Giants, Steelers, and Rams all place third round bids on Jalen Thompson in this year’s draft, the Giants would be awarded Thompson and would forfeit their 2020 third-round pick next year.

If more than one team in the same group places a bid on the same player in the same round, the NFL has a mini-lottery system to decide the order of priority. However, just like the NBA Draft lottery, the NFL goes by standings and gives the team with the fewest losses a better chance to win the lottery.

Any player that is not selected will become a free agent and be eligible to be picked up by any NFL team as an undrafted free agent.

The Supplemental Draft Players

Jalen Thompson, S, Washington State (6-foot-0, 190 pounds)

Thompson is a player that has been on my radar for a while. I expected him to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, but he stayed in school in hopes of boosting his stock in his Senior season. Unfortunately for Thompson, he learned that he had lost his eligibility with the NCAA. The talented Washington State safety is expected to get drafted and could be the first player off the board when the draft rolls along on Wednesday.

Thompson is a safety that is more likely to end up as a ball-hawking free safety/nickel cornerback over a hard-hitting strong safety. Physicality is not Thompson’s game as he’s a player that excels as a fluid and rangy playmaker.

At 190 pounds, Thompson could certainly use some more bulk, but he plays exceptionally fluid at his current frame and displays his overall quickness and lateral agility that makes him a potential piece in any NFL secondary.

Thompson’s ball skills are his best trait, and he is someone that should go in the fourth round and contribute on an NFL roster this year.

Marcus Simms, WR, West Virginia (6-foot-0, 195 pounds)

Marcus Simms is a talented receiver that was looking to transfer from West Virginia after breaking their student code of conduct. The only problem is that the violation made him ineligible to transfer.

Simms is the only receiver in the supplemental draft this year. He has average size for the receiver position but displays excellent foot quickness, route-running, and adequate long speed. Simms has reliable hands as well to go with that deep threat ability as a receiver. The former Mountaineer could go in the fourth round of the draft along with Jalen Thompson.

Simms recently held a pro day in which half the league attended; therefore, there certainly seems to be plenty of interest. Talent is not the question with Simms, but rather the questionable code of conduct violation and his coachability.

Shyheim Cullen, LB, Syracuse (6-foot-0, 224 pounds)

Shyheim Cullen was ruled academically ineligible to return to Syracuse which is what landed him in the supplemental draft. He’s not likely to be picked in the supplemental draft, but if he is, it wouldn’t be a huge shock.

Cullen didn’t have much of any production as you can see above, but he did compete at his pro day. He ran a 4.68 40-yard dash at his pro day and recorded a 125-inch broad jump, 36-inch vertical jump, 20 bench press reps, a 4.26 in the 20-yard shuttle and an 11.86-second 60-yard shuttle.

Only three teams attended his pro day, including the slightly local New England Patriots and then surprisingly the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite the mind-blowing numbers, Cullen should be considered an athletic linebacker, but he probably won’t get drafted. However, it would still be possible for him to work his way on to a 53-man roster.

Devonaire Clarington, TE, Northland Community College (6-foot-7, 230 pounds)

Devonaire Clarington is a former Texas commit that never ended up playing with the Longhorns due to academic issues. Clarington bounced around Blinn Junior College and Northland Community College before joining the NFL supplemental draft pool.

He’s considered by some to be a physical specimen and could sneak his way into the draft. Clarington is scheduled to work out on Monday for scouts in Miami, Florida. He finished last season with 46 receptions for 916 yards and 11 touchdowns. Clarington at the very worst, is an intriguing developmental option.

Bryant Perry, DB, Saint Francis (6-foot-0, 180 pounds)

Bryant Perry is a former Junior College recruit that transferred from Mesabi Range College in Minnesota to Saint Francis. He only played in seven games last season for the Red Flash. Not a lot of information is available on Perry, but teams will be able to come and watch him work out in Chicago on Monday at the Simeon Career Center. Saint Francis players have not transitioned to the NFL in the past, but it’s worth mentioning Lorenzo Jerome made the San Francisco 49ers 53-man roster in his rookie year before eventually ending up signing with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL.

Perry is not expected to be drafted and will have his work cut out for him to prove he belongs at the next level.

Supplemental Draft Predictions

S Jalen Thompson – New York Giants (4th round)

WR Marcus Simms – Carolina Panthers (4th round)

TE Devonaire Clarington – New England Patriots (UDFA)

LB Shyheim Cullen – Kansas City Chiefs (UDFA)

D. Bryant Perry – Miami Dolphins (UDFA)

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Hey Jake- just an FYI – Bryant Perry is from the University of Saint Francis in Ft. Wayne, IN. Lorenzo Jerome is from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. Different schools – there are at least 3 or 4 Saint Francis’. Confusing – I know.