The 2009 NFL supplemental draft will take place on July 16. Teams will bid via email on players in terms of what round pick they would spend on a player. The team that bids the highest gets the player and then loses a pick from the round of their bid in next spring’s draft. So if a team places a second-round bid on a player, and it is the highest bid, it gets that player and surrenders next year’s second-round pick.
Most of the time, players enter the supplemental draft because they are declared ineligible for the next season of college play after the January deadline for declaring for the regular draft.
The most famous supplemental draft pick were probably QB Bernie Kosar and LB Brian Bosworth in the 1980s, but prominent players such as WR Cris Carter, DT Jamal Williams, and OG Mike Wahle were also supplemental draft picks entering the league. (You can read a comparison of current NFL players who entered the league via the supplemental draft here.)
Here’s a brief comparison of the eight prospects eligible for this year’s draft. They’re compared to each other, so a 10 isn’t necessarily a first-round pick. In fact, it appears that just one player is likely to be drafted this year.
10 – DE Jeremy Jarmon, Kentucky – Jarmon tested positive for a banned substance, which he said was an over-the-counter diet supplement. Much like Chargers NT Luis Castillo, who had a positive steroids test at the combine entering the league, Jarmon has tried to get in front of this issue by admitting his mistake publicly. He is generally a good citizen who already graduated from Kentucky. He is also a talent who has good size (6-3, 278) and the stats (17.5 career sacks) to back up his ability. He’s probably more of a 4-3 defensive end than anything else, but he’s definitely worth a mid-round pick, and could be bid higher if a team falls in love with his skills.
9 – none
8 – none
7 – none
6 – none
5 – none
4 – WR-RS Deon Murphy, Kansas State – Murphy, who is a shifty 5-foot-10 wideout, totalled 94 receptions and 11 touchdowns in two seasons as a Wildcat after starting his career in community college. He also has return skills. That combo could lead him to be drafted with a late-round pick.
3- DE McKinner Dixon, Texas Tech – Dixon was suspended from the Red Raiders in April for academic reasons, and it was the second time he had flunked out of school. So he decided to try to take the pro route this summer. Dixon had six sacks as a freshman in 2005 before his first flunkout and nine more last year, but he doesn’t have the size at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds to be a full-time 4-3 defensive end. If he gets a shot, it will likely be with a 3-4 team, but that will probably be as a free agent, not as a drafted player.
2- DB Demetrice Morley, Tennessee – Morley was kicked off the Tennessee team once the Lane Kiffin staff took over, which leaves him in the supplemental draft. This was his second dismissal from the team; he was also removed in 2007 for academic reasons. In addition, Morley has an arrest record from his college days. Morley was once a five-star recruit, and he had five interceptions during the two seasons that he played in Knoxville, but his character questions likely will mean that no one will invest a draft pick in him. He does have at least a shot going the free-agent route, though.
2 (con’t) – WR Corey Surrency, Florida State – Surrency lost his eligiblity via an obscure NCAA rule that counted a year of semipro ball he played before entering school against his college eligibility. He is big at 6-5, 220, and at least has been in a big-time program, but he’s more likely to be signed as a free agent than drafted.
1 – WR Torris Magee, Southern Mississippi – Magee has 54 catches in two years in Hattiesburg, but only 10 of them came in 2008, when he played just four games. He has above-average height at 6-foot-2, but that’s about the only remarkable thing about him as a prospect.
1 (con’t) – OT Joe McMahon, Central Michigan – McMahon started as a center and guard for the Chippewas, but he is a marginal NFL prospect at best. He’ll be lucky to get a look as a free agent.
1 (con’t) – LB Blake Boyd, Western Kentucky – Academic reasons sidelined Boyd in 2009 as well and prodded him toward the pros. He has decent size but didn’t make a huge mark at the FCS level after transferring from Louisville. He might get a look but is unlikely to stick as a free agent.