The NFL will pass on holding a supplemental draft once again, as the league informed teams they will not have one this summer (per NFL Network). In the supplemental draft, any team that made a bid on a player would have to forfeit their draft pick in that round the following season (example, using a third-round pick as a bid on a player in the supplemental draft would result in forfeiting a third-round pick in the next year’s NFL Draft).
Players eligible for the supplemental draft involve any player who had their draft eligibility changed from the time of the NFL Draft to July — when the supplemental draft was usually held. Safety Jalen Thompson was the last player taken in a supplemental draft, as the Arizona Cardinals placed a fifth-round bid on him in 2019. Thompson has 197 tackles, four interceptions, and 11 passes defended in three seasons with the Cardinals — starting 25 of 37 games.
With no supplemental draft being held this year, let’s take a look at the five best supplemental draft picks in NFL history since the process was enacted in 1977.
A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft by the Browns, Gordon’s off-the-field issues took center stage after an excellent start to his career. Look no further than a 2013 season when Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards and 117.6 receiving yards per game — earning an All-Pro selection at the age of 22.
Gordon has missed more than 50 games for violations in his career, having just 1,833 yards since the start of the 2014 season. He was suspended in December 2019 for violating the league’s substance-abuse and performance-enhancing drug policies, not being reinstated until September 2021. He’s showed flashes when on the field, but the numerous violations have hindered the potential for Gordon to have a great career.
4. Bernie Kosar, Miami QB, Browns
The first pick in the 1985 supplemental draft, Kosar became a star for…