The 2017 NFL Supplemental Draft is scheduled to take place next week on Wednesday, July 12 at 1:00 PM ET. This annual event is one of the very few “noteworthy” moments of the NFL's quietest time of year. You probably don't care about the supplemental draft, and I don’t blame you at all if that’s the case. But here's everything you need to know anyway.
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 2018 draft pick in the round that they offered to select the new player.
A total of only two players are eligible to be drafted, per Rob Rang. Any players not selected will be free to sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. SB Nation draft analyst Dan Kadar projects neither player will be picked.
Georgia Military College defensive end Tavares Bingham
Western New Mexico running back Marques Rodgers
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.
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?
Nah. It's been 31 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 five years. The Browns drafted Gordon in 2012 and the Rams drafted Isaiah Battle in 2015.
The Eagles own their draft picks in every round in 2018 except the second due to the Carson Wentz trade. Philadelphia also has two extra fourth rounders.