2014 NFL Supplemental Draft Primer

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):

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!




32 comments
marcus81
marcus81

trading Rob Moore to the Cardinals was one of the worst moves ever done by the Jets, Moore was an all pro player for the Cards for a number of years while the RB that was traded for was non existent, what stinks about it is that Moore was a very good player for the Jets when he was traded

soprano
soprano

Could someone please explain how this works? If we select a player in any round, do we lose a pick in the real draft?

levi
levi

I need to see 97 mocks before I can decide.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Lord, this is where the scouting staffs & personnel guys put the rubber to the road. I wouldn't want to be one of these guys right about now...

They not only have to guess correctly on if & how one of these guys would help them today, they also have to pre-mock out next year's draft, figure out whose entering next spring's draft & who'd be available in all 7 rounds, to project if this guy would be better or worse than someone who might or might not be better to take next spring.

What a crapshoot!

Wow. Mama!

tsjc68
tsjc68

YOU'RE excited?!?!


FEEL THESE NIPPLES!!!!!!!!!

Jeremy Bleecher
Jeremy Bleecher

@marcus81 What is worse is that it cost the Jets Bret Farve.  They loved Farve on draft day but had no 1st round choice due to selecting Moore.  A trade up in the 2nd round fell through.

a57se
a57se

@marcus81 

Rob Moore made the Pro Bowl twice in his career...Once with Arizona and once with the Jets.

He did have his career year with the Cards but the biggest difference between the Jets and Cards for Moore was his Yards per Reception.

Given the state of Jets QB's when Moore was with the team, it is understandable.

Bent
Bent moderator

@soprano From above:


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.

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi I'll get Bassett to do a MockMuncher or whatever it was.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Marcus Armstrong

Reasons to take Ross in the 6th:


- He's 6'5" 365 but moves like a much lighter man

- He's still only 21 years old

- His nickname is "Blindside", because like Michael Oher, he had a challenging childhood (his mother died when he was 9, he lived in a group home while in high school) but seems to be a genuinely nice kid

- Despite his academic problems, his agent says he still plans on finishing his degree and he was registered for summer classes before dropping out to train and prep for the supplemental draft

- He makes awesome YouTube videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tY2X-Nm9Nc

jaym
jaym

@bob 

STOP IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tsjc68
tsjc68

@metjetnet It's probably not quite that intricate.


I doubt the scouts/front offices are really anticipating which specific players will be available in which specific rounds for next year.


It's more along the lines of "If LaKendrick Ross was in this draft class that just passed, what's the earliest round in which you'd take him?  The 6th?  Then let's bid no higher than that, and trust that he'd similarly be worth a 6th in next year's class that we know less about this far in advance."


More of the scouting is trying to guess what round OTHER teams have the guy you like in, so that if you like Ross (or Clayton, or Shead, or Lipford) you don't overbid or underbid.

levi
levi

@Bent   Well thats a start I guess...


Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @Marcus Armstrong Not for me.  

I could see them targeting him as a free agent maybe, but I'd be surprised if they gave up a pick.

kniff
kniff

@tsjc68 @Marcus Armstrong "I don't want to be be in a relationship with just one girl...that's bullship!" 

This guy has been studying the Kniff/David Lee Roth Manifesto... therefore he might really have enough heart to be a key acquisition for our beloved Gang Green....Hmmmmm


Let's see where this goes.....

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Hanknaples

A.) You don't get the reference.  No biggie, happens to the best of us.

B.) They're not. 

C.) If they were, nothing wrong with that.  They're not yours, so what do you care?

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent UDFA is obviously better, but I'm okay using a 6th/7th since those are already hail mary picks. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @Bent Ironically I'm one of the people who doesn't get all flustered over how those late picks are used, but I really don't think anyone's going to give up a pick for him, nor do I see him being on anyone's active roster until 2015 at the absolute earliest.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Hanknaples

Don't worry, Hank.  If I liked guys, you wouldn't be my type.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Bent @tsjc68 @Brendan @Marcus Armstrong

Parsons to the Mavs, Hayward back to the Jazz, Lance Stephenson to the Hornets, Bosh to the Rockets, STAT and Shump to the Sixers, Melo and Pau Gasol to the Knicks, LeBron, Ray Allen, Mike Miller and James Jones to the Cavs... 


...and Pat Riley and the Buss family are left holding the broken-down crumbs of Wade and Kobe.