The NFL’s supplemental draft will take place July 16, and three players who have a chance of being selected are Kansas State WR Deon Murphy, Western Kentucky LB Blake Boyd and Southern Mississippi WR Torris Magee.
Here’s how the supplemental draft works. Teams make bids to the league for players in the supplemental draft pool. However, any team that makes a pick in the supplemental draft will forfeit a corresponding selection in the following year’s draft. For example, if a team were to win the rights to Murphy with a fourth-round bid, it would forfeit a fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
The supplemental draft began in 1977 as a way to accommodate players who weren’t eligible for the upcoming college football season. That year, Notre Dame RB Al Hunter (career stats) flunked out of school after the NFL draft but before his senior season in college. Because Hunter wouldn’t have been eligible to transfer, the supplemental draft was created. The Seattle Seahawks landed Hunter with a fourth-round bid.
— Gil Brandt