What You Need to Know About the Supplemental Draft


The draft is (sort of) back! Here's what you need to know.

What: Players enter the Supplemental Draft for a variety of reasons, whether it be academic ineligibility, looming suspensions or something else. All 32 NFL teams have the opportunity to bid on these players before they become free agents.

When: The NFL Supplemental Draft will take place Wednesday afternoon via email.

How: Teams are broken into three groups based on their records from the 2018 season: teams with six or fewer wins, non-playoff teams with more than six wins and playoff teams. The Ravens are in Group 3 among the other playoff teams. Within each group, teams are ranked according to number of wins the previous year (similar to the actual NFL Draft).

Teams bid on players by sending an email to the league declaring what round they would draft a player in. The team that lists the highest round wins. If teams within the same group bid the same round, the player goes to the team awarded the higher pick in the lottery.

If a team acquires a player, it loses its pick for that round in next year's draft.

Who: While there are five prospects available this year, only two are expected to be drafted with mid-to-late-round picks: Washington State defensive back Jalen Thompson and West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms.

Thompson started all 39 games for the Cougars the past three seasons, playing both safety and cornerback. Last season, the 5-foot-10 athlete had 66 tackles and two interceptions and was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

Simms is a speedy vertical threat with big-play ability. The 6-foot-0, 194-pounder posted 46 catches for 699 yards and two touchdowns last season. He averaged 18.9 yards per catch and scored five touchdowns as a sophomore.

History: The Ravens have made a supplemental draft pick just once, taking offensive tackle Jared Gaither with a fifth-round pick in 2007. The move paid off, as the hulking Maryland product spent four seasons in Baltimore and started 28 games.

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