It may not generate the hype or the fanfare as the NFL Draft in April, but the NFL Supplemental Draft is upon us, beginning at 1:00 this afternoon.
It features a small pool of players that were not eligible for April’s draft but were able to obtain eligibility through the supplemental selection procedure conducted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Rather than having their names called out at a podium at Radio City Music Hall, players will be selected via email, if they are chosen.
Teams don’t have to make selections. In fact, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t selected a player in the Supplemental Draft since Dan Sileo in 1987.
Former UCF defensive end Toby Jackson is among the six players who declared. Once a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jackson originally signed with the University of Georgia but spent the 2008 season at Hargrave Military Academy.
In 2010, he signed with Navarro Community College, earning MVP honors in the junior college national championship game.
Jackson transferred to UCF in 2011 and played nine games for the Knights, but sat out the entire 2012 season due to academic issues.
He later said that his failing grades were due to the loss of his cousin and grandfather during a three-month time span.
Academic intelligibility is just one of the reasons players fail to qualify for April’s draft, along with failing drug tests, fighting, dismissal from their college teams, and run-ins with the law.
Other eligible players this year are Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross, South Alabama cornerback Damond Smith, Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, UNLV defensive end James Boyd, and UNLV defensive tackle Nate Holloway.
Teams making selections are broken down into three tiers based on the number of wins from last season.
Teams with six or fewer wins are in the first tier. Teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with seven wins but failing to make the playoffs, are in the second tier. The third tier features teams that made it into playoffs.
Teams interested in making selections will send in sealed bids which include the player’s name and a corresponding draft selection that the team is willing to give up in next year’s draft.
The highest bid for a player wins, and the winning team essentially loses the pick for next year.
Only one player was chosen out of a pool of eight last year, when the Cleveland Browns used a second-round pick on wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was kicked off Baylor’s team for a positive marijuana test in 2011.