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The supplemental draft and what it means for the Chiefs

What is the NFL’s supplemental draft? Will the Chiefs draft a player?

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If this is the first time you remember hearing about the NFL’s supplemental draft, don’t worry.

This is the most buzz I’ve seen around the event in my lifetime. As the NFL Draft has grown in popularity, coverage of draft prospects has obviously increased as well. Anything involving the next generation of NFL talent is getting more and more attention.

In the rare instance that a legitimate prospect has their circumstances change between the deadline to enter the traditional April selection meeting and training camp, players can enter the supplemental draft. This year, there’s a good chance that we’ll see multiple players selected for the first time since 2010.

Who is eligible for the supplemental draft?

College players who did not enter the NFL draft whose eligibility has changed (academics, discipline, etc.).

This year, that list includes the following:

  • Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal
  • Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander
  • Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant
  • Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter
  • Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu

The Arrowhead Pride nerds consisting of myself, Craig Stout and Matt Lane will be profiling Beal, Alexander and Bryant early next week.

When is the supplemental draft?

It typically happens sometime in July. This year, the event will take place on July 11 at 12 p.m. Arrowhead Time.

How does the supplemental draft work?

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.

What’s the outlook for the Chiefs?

This is a rare pool of talent for the supplemental draft. There are three potentially draftable talents in the supplemental draft this year. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has been known to be aggressive in his short tenure in Kansas City. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bid (maybe even a successful one) by Veach.

Here are the 2019 draft assets the Chiefs have to this date

  • 1st-round pick
  • 2nd-round pick
  • 2nd-round pick (from the Los Angeles Rams)
  • 3rd-round pick
  • 5th-round pick
  • 6th-round pick
  • 7th-round pick

The Chiefs do not have a fourth-round pick as a result of the Reggie Ragland trade last season. They do have the additional selection in the second round as a result of the Marcus Peters trade. Additionally, the Chiefs are currently projected to receive a compensatory sixth-round pick in 2019 as well, per Over the Cap.

What does that mean for July 11th?

The Chiefs and Veach have assets to work with should they choose to be aggressive. The Chiefs could bid with their sixth-round pick knowing they’ll still likely have a compensatory selection in that round coming at the end of the year.

The most intriguing thing about the Chiefs position is their additional second round pick, specifically since some are speculating that the second round is the ceiling for Beal.

The Chiefs are one of five teams with multiple second round selections. Those teams are (in order of most favorably positioned):

  • Indianapolis - Two selections in group one (additional selection from New York Jets)
  • Houston - One selection in group one, one selection in group two (from Seattle)
  • New England - One selection in group one (from Chicago) and one selection in group three
  • Philadelphia - One selection in group two (from Baltimore), one selection in group three
  • Kansas City - Two selections in group three (additional selection from Los Angeles Rams)

There are four teams with multiple second-round picks that are guaranteed to have a chance to bid on a player before the Chiefs could.

The order of the group three lottery will be crucial to the Chiefs, should they be targeting a player in the second round.

This isn’t to say all these teams are interested enough in a player to warrant the bid, but does show that other teams have the surplus of selections to be aggressive near what is perceived to be the ceiling for supplemental draft selections.

I know an AFC team that would seem to be in the market for a talented cornerback that may be willing to part with a second-round pick, as Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller suggested in his tweet above.

There are also three other AFC teams with additional second-round picks to contend with as well. There’s enough intrigue on Wednesday to pay attention to the supplemental draft.


Arrowhead Pride will have extensive coverage starting Monday with profiles of the most talked about prospects and how they could fit in Kansas City.

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