The NFL Supplemental Draft is a summer follow-up to the annual, seven-round draft that takes place in the spring. It’s designed to create NFL opportunities for players who didn’t declare for the initial draft but cannot return to play college football in the fall.
Players who enter the Supplemental Draft are usually facing some type of unexpected eligibility issue. Some are academic; others may be disciplinary.
The first NFL Supplemental Draft was held in 1977. Notable supplemental draftees include Cris Carter and Josh Gordon.
Because of the narrow parameters it’s designed for, there isn’t always a pool of players that are eligible for the Supplemental Draft.
On July 11, 2023, the NFL held its first Supplemental Draft since 2019. Purdue wide receiver Milton Wright was available to draft, but none of the 32 teams chose to select him.
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