It’s the moment of the offseason you’ve all been waiting for...it’s supplemental draft day, baby!
The draft begins Wednesday at Noon Arrowhead time over email (how the NFL Network hasn’t picked up some sort of short program on the draft is a miss).
Let this page serve as your one-stop shop for everything you need to know.
Our own Kent Swanson will join The Day Shift on 610 Sports Radio at 10:15 a.m. to talk about the supplemental draft. Listen live here: https://610sports.radio.com/
(We will post the 610 podcast link after Kent finishes up)
This is an event that isn’t really an event. You won’t find it televised anywhere. It’s too anti-climactic to be broadcast, especially since it is reportedly done over email.
The draft starts with three separate lotteries to determine the order of the draft. The teams are split into three separate groups:
Group one - Teams with six wins or fewer
Group two - Non-playoff teams
Group three - Playoff teams
The lotteries are weighted in order of worst to best record, so the worst team in each lottery will have better odds than the second worst team, etc.
After the order is determined, teams will place bids on the players they want to select and what round they are selecting them in. The team with the highest pick in the highest round is awarded the player. If a team is awarded a player, they forfeit next year’s selection in the round they placed the bid on the player.
The three prospects you need to know (click links for full evaluations)
If Sam Beal is selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the supplemental draft, he will be my highest-graded prospect for their 2018 draft class. He would have been the 63rd-ranked player on my board.
Depending on who you ask, you’ll get varying opinions on the strength of cornerback position on the current roster. Outside of Kendall Fuller, there isn’t consensus confidence in the rest of the group. Cornerback was considered one of the biggest needs heading into April. It was surprising to a majority of the fanbase that the position wasn’t addressed until Tremon Smith was selected in the sixth round. There are few opportunities to acquire a player of Beal’s caliber this late into the offseason.
Alexander makes a lot of sense for the Chiefs as a developmental corner with his length and physical play, but his lack of top-end speed and some inconsistent play would mean he likely wouldn’t make major contributions early.
Couple that with the fact that he’s behind the curve by missing OTAs, and expectation for production from the 2018 season should be minimal.
That still hasn’t stopped the Chiefs from being one of the four teams that talked to Alexander after his pro-day workout, meaning there still might be some interest in the former Virginia Tech player.
The biggest drawback to bidding a higher selection on Brandon Bryant is the crowded safety room he’d be entering.
Not that the Chiefs have a stacked safety group but rather a grab-bag of roster fillable guys that fill niche roles and that are developing themselves.
This deeper group of guys with similar skill sets to Bryant will make it hard to justify any capital being shelled out for Bryant at this point in time, especially with less camp time then all of these competitors.