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NFL Supplemental Draft 2016 features six eligible players

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The annual NFL supplemental draft will be here soon.

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The 2016 NFL Supplemental Draft is scheduled to take place this month on Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 PM ET. This annual event is one of the very few "highlights" of the NFL's quietest time of year. You probably don't care about the supplemental draft, but here's everything you need to know anyway.

Rules

The supplemental draft process features all 32 teams with the organizations bidding for the players in the order of this year's NFL Draft. The teams can offer picks in any round and the squad with the highest bid will claim the player. However, due to the bid, the awarded team will have to forfeit their 2017 draft pick in the round that they offered to select the new player.

Players

A total of six players are eligible to be drafted, per Ian Rapoport. Any players not selected will be free to sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. BGN draft writer Ben Natan will have a more in-depth look at these players coming soon.

Virginia Tech long snapper Eddie D'Antuono
Purdue defensive tackle Ra'Zahn Howard
Sam Houston State running back Jalen Overstreet
Mississippi defensive back Tee Shepard
Calgary wide recever Rashaun Simonise
Concordia defensive end Cameron Walton

History

While the supplemental draft is considered a minor event for the NFL, there is a history of gems being taken during the selection process. Despite his off-the-field issues, 2012 supplemental draft pick Josh Gordon was a Pro Bowl talent for the Browns. San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks has also reached the Pro Bowl and he was selected with a third round pick in 2006 by Cincinnati. Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar also had a successful career after being selected in the 1985 supplemental draft.

Believe or not, Philadelphia owns the distinction of having selected the only Hall of Fame player taken in a supplemental draft. The team offered a fourth round pick in order to get Ohio State wide receiver Cris Carter in 1987. The Eagles also selected running back Charles Crawford in 1986 with the use of a seventh round pick.

Will the Eagles draft a player?

Probably not. It's been 30 years since the Birds selected a player in the supplemental draft. Only two NFL teams have spent a pick in the supplemental draft in the past four years. The Browns drafted Gordon in 2012 and the Rams drafted Isaiah Battle last year.

The Eagles are a little light on draft picks after giving up a good number in the Carson Wentz trade. They'll probably want to save their future picks for the "real" draft.

It's worth noting the Eagles have an open roster spot. Perhaps they'll look to fill that vacancy if a player they like goes unpicked in the supplemental draft.