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The 2016 NFL Supplemental Draft Is Upon Us

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The supplemental draft was enacted in 1977 for players who had various circumstances affect their eligibility and did not enter the main NFL draft. It is designed to allow underclassmen who did not petition the league for early entry before the NFL Draft deadline but find themselves ineligible for the upcoming college season. It is a vehicle for entering the NFL.

The supplemental draft is held after the traditional NFL Draft and before each season begins.

Teams with six wins or less participate in the first lottery for the top supplemental draft picks. The team that posted the worst record among that group is given a weighted advantage over the following team, with each team’s “weight” being decreased on down the line until reaching the team with the best record in the group.

After the order is determined, each team submits to the league the name of the player or players they are interested in, as well as the round of the supplemental draft they would like to choose them in.

The team that submits the highest bid is awarded rights to the player. If more than one team bids a pick from the same round, the team with the highest pick in the round wins out.

If a team uses a pick in the Supplemental Draft, they must forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the next years’ NFL Draft.

Over the years, there have been 43 players selected in this type of draft and there are eight players selected to Pro Bowls in their careers:  Bernie Kosar (drafted in 1985), Cris Carter (1987), Bobby Humphrey (1989), Rob Moore (1990), Mike Wahle (1998), Jamal Williams(1998), Ahmad Brooks (2006), and Josh Gordon (2012).

Wide Receiver Cris Carter is the only player selected in the supplemental draft to be inducted into the NFL Hall Of Fame. He was selected in 1987 and elected for the Hall of Fame in 2013.

The most notable quarterback taken in the supplemental draft was Bernie Kosar completed 59.3 percent of his passes for 23,301 yards and 124 touchdowns (against 87 interceptions) over 12 NFL seasons.

He is best remembered for his time in Cleveland, where he set an NFL record (since broken by Tom Brady) for the most consecutive passes thrown without an interception (308).

The players that round out the 2016 supplemental draft class are: former Ole Miss corner back Tee Shepard, Virginia Tech long snapper Eddie D’Antuono, Purdue DL Ra’Zahn Howard, Sam Houston State RB Jalen Overstreet, WR Rashaun Simonise of Calgary, Canada, and Concordia DE Cameron Walton.

The well-traveled Shepard spent time at Holmes Community College , Ole Miss and Miami (Ohio) in the years since, with his best season (54 tackles, six pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one interception) taking place at the JUCO level in 2013.

While he may have more frequent flyer incentives than interceptions over his college career, Shepard does come with enough size (6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, according to his official Rebels’ bio) and athleticism to warrant a closer look from scouts.Shepard, who has a hearing impairment, left the Rebels in mid-season last year and later alleged the Ole Miss coaching staff cut his playing time unfairly, using his impairment as the reason.

Rashaun Simonise starred for the University of Calgary. He used his combination of height and build-up speed to terrorize defenses in 2015, racking up 65 catches for 1,306 yards and scoring his 11 touchdowns in just eight games.

However, he is quite raw as a route runner, with much of his production coming via verticals and quick screens. Simonise shows vision, agility and strength to break tackles but just average balance and explosion out of his cuts.

The change in physicality in the NFL will be something else scouts will have to take into account with Simonise. The rules in Canadian football are different than those in the NCAA and the NFL, allowing receivers to get a running start as the ball is snapped.

Sam Houston State running back Jalen Overstreet is considered the most talented of the bunch. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound running back rushed for 840 yards and seven touchdowns for Sam Houston State last year, catching 10 passes for another 66 yards and even throwing a 25-yard touchdown.

Overstreet comes with significant baggage, however. He was kicked off the team at Texas by Charlie Strong and has had three run-ins with the authorities since, including an indictment in May on a felony charge of credit card abuse. Those charges have since been dropped.

Those three players are my diamonds in the rough for the 2016 NFL supplemental draft.