The biggest event on the NFL calendar in early July is almost always the supplemental draft, but it appears that event won't be taking place this year.
According to NFL.com, the league has decided to pull the plug on this year's draft. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the NFL is given the option of holding the supplemental draft each year, and due to the coronavirus pandemic, the league clearly decided that having a draft wouldn't make any sense.
For those of you unfamiliar with the supplemental draft, it's an event that's usually held in mid-July, and a big reason it's held is to accommodate college players who were in unique situations. For instance, if a senior in college found out they were going to be suspended for the upcoming college season, they could file petition to be eligible for the supplemental draft.
Although the supplemental draft isn't as well known as the main draft, it has produced some solid players over the years. Cris Carter, Bernie Kosar, Josh Gordon and Terrelle Pryor are all examples of players who were selected in a supplemental draft.
One unique aspect of the supplement draft is that if a player gets selected, then the team loses that draft spot in the following year's NFL Draft. For instance, the Cardinals selected Jalen Thompson in the fifth round of the 2019 supplemental draft, and because of that, they forfeited their fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
One other unique aspect of the draft is that there's no guarantee that a player will be selected during the draft. Over the past decade, there have been four instances where zero players were selected (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017). On the other hand, there can sometimes be multiple players selected, something that last happened in 2018 when the Giants and Redskins both selected corners in Sam Beal and Adonis Alexander.
If you still need your supplemental draft fill, make sure to click here and check out our list of the top 10 players ever taken.