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Supplemental Draft To Take Place July 15

Yes, we’re currently in the deepest, darkest, dankest part of the NFL off-season.  It’s the period of time that rolls around every year, weeks before training camp where everyone goes on vacation, there is hardly anything to talk about that hasn’t already been discussed, and we all have that pathetic feeling of looking forward to preseason action just so we can see some semblance of pro football… yuk.

But there is a silver lining to be found later this week – that being the supplemental draft on July 15. The short version of the way it works is simply this:

Draft order is determined by a weighted system that is divided into three groupings. First come the teams that had six or fewer wins last season, followed by non-playoff teams that had more than six wins, followed by the 12 playoff teams. In the supplemental draft, a team is not required to use any picks. Instead, if a team wants a player in the supplemental draft, they submit a “bid” to the Commissioner with the round they would pick that player. If no other team places a bid on that player at an earlier spot, the team is awarded the player and has to give up an equivalent pick in the following year’s draft.

The longer history of this distinguished tradition with examples, according to Gil Brandt, is as follows:

The supplemental draft began in 1977 as a way to accommodate players who weren’t eligible for the upcoming college football season. That year, Notre Dame RB Al Hunter flunked out of school after the NFL Draft but before his senior season in college. Because Hunter wouldn’t have been eligible to transfer, the supplemental draft was created. The Seattle Seahawks landed Hunter with a fourth-round bid.

Here’s how the supplemental draft works today. The league conducts a private selection meeting — it’s nothing like the regular NFL Draft. It takes place over the phone, and each round takes about 10 minutes, as teams either pick one of the players in the supplemental draft pool or just pass. However, any team that makes a pick in the supplemental draft will forfeit the corresponding selection in the following year’s regular draft. For example, if a team were to select a player with a fourth-round pick, it would forfeit its fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft.

Any player that is not drafted in the supplemental draft becomes an undrafted free agent and is then able to sign with any team. Those that do get drafted will join their team like any other draft pick — except they will be behind, because they will have missed all the offseason workouts.

Perhaps the most successful recent supplemental draft pick was the Ravens’ Jared Gaither. After playing only six games and starting only two as he made up for the lost offseason time in his rookie year (2007), he became the team’s full-time starter at left tackle last season.

Last year in 2009, the Redskins made their only draft selection by selecting DE Jeremy Jarmon in the 3rd round, which is why they did not receive a 3rd round pick this year. Jarmon played in 11 games, starting only once. He finished last season with eight tackles, including six solo stops. He forced a fumble against Tampa Bay RB Clifton Smith with seconds left which gave the Redskins their second win of the season.

The only players currently listed to participate in the 2010 Supplemental Draft are these 4 players, none of which should necessarily interest the Redskins:

RB Harvey Unga (BYU)
RB Quentin Castille (Northwestern State)
RB Vanness Emokpae (Truman State)
DT Joshua Brent-Price (Illinois)

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