The excitement is building for the NFL’s Supplemental Draft, which takes place tomorrow at 1pm ET with many experts already prognosticating about who will go where and if the various eligible prospects are more likely to be the next Cris Carter or Terrelle Pryor.
There are four eligible players for this year’s supplemental draft: New Mexico wide receiver-running back Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia University of Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead. Read more details on them here.
NFL.com’s Henry Hodgson is a renowned supplemental draft expert whose 2013 mock was 100% accurate. (Of course, nobody was selected last year, but still…) This year, his mock has Ross going to the Jets in the sixth round. As we already reported on TJB, the Jets may be interested in Ross.
The format of the draft is that teams effectively place a bid for each player and the highest bid secures the rights to that player. For example, one team may bid a fifth rounder and another might bid a sixth rounder for one of the prospects. The team bidding the higher pick will secure that player’s rights, but will forfeit their fifth round pick in next year’s draft. If nobody bids for a player, they go unselected and immediately become an unrestricted free agent. In fact, ESPN’s Adam Caplan seems to think there’s a good chance of this happening (although he doesn’t know which day it actually takes place):
Teams I've spoken with so far do not have a draftable grade on any of the players for the supplemental draft, which is scheduled for Friday.—
Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 08, 2014
The Jets used a first round pick on wide receiver Rob Moore in the 1990 supplemental draft, but have not selected anyone since. However, they did sign safety Tracy Wilson two years ago after he went unselected.
There’s more details of our exclusive “in-depth coverage” after the jump.
Post draft coverage
We’ll have in-depth coverage profiling all the players the Jets select, as we aim to get familiar with the “Class of 2014″. We’ll also provide you with our post draft grades.
Supplemental Draft Day Chat
Our chat room will be open from 12:45pm ET with the password tumbleweed – be sure to drop by and discuss the excitement of the Supplemental Draft with your fellow Jets fans as the picks roll in.
Official TJB Supplemental Draft Pick Projection Contest
Here are the rules for our official contest. You have one pick, where you must select a player and a round and if the Jets select that player in that round, you score 800 points. If they select that player in a different round, or sign him later as a free agent, you score one point. Leave your entries in the comments – the highest score wins!