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NFL Supplemental Draft has no selections

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 10 2014 01:13:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 10 2014 02:26:18 PM CDT
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For the second consecutive year, the NFL's annual Supplemental Draft came and went without a single player getting selected.

The supplemental draft is very different from the media bonanza that occurs each spring. For one, players have to petition the NFL to be considered. This year there were four players available -- New Mexico wide receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead.

With the draft concluded, each player is now considered a free agent and can be signed by any team.

The supplemental is carried out via e-mail among teams and is not televised. Because of this, the draft took only a few minutes to begin and finish.

The teams, slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the previous year, contact the league with a list of the players they would draft and the round in which they would take them. Any team that uses a supplemental draft pick would then lose the corresponding selection in the next year's draft.

The supplemental draft was originally created for players who had lost their eligibility between the primary NFL Draft in April and the beginning of the next season. Typically they are players who ran afoul of the law or failed to keep up with their academic obligations.

A total of 43 players have been selected since the draft's inception in 1977. Among the most notable Supplemental selections were quarterback Bernie Kosar (Cleveland, 1985), wide receiver Cris Carter (Philadelphia, 1987), linebacker Brian Bosworth (Seattle, 1987) and, most recently, wide receiver Josh Gordon (Cleveland, 2012).

Rob Rang is a Senior Analyst for www.NFLDraftScout.com, a property of The Sports Xchange distributed in partnership with CBSSports.com.

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