The NFL decided not to have a 2020 NFL Supplemental draft for…reasons?
Someone is going to have to explain why this is a good idea, but the NFL has officially canceled the 2020 NFL Supplemental Draft.
Just in case you forgot, the NFL Supplemental Draft is designed to give student-athletes a chance to leave school (if eligible) for the NFL with the qualifier that those students are facing unexpected circumstances that will affect their ability to help themselves in the following football season.
For example, imagine a player like Florida State’s Marvin Wilson who plays in one of the states hit the hardest by the pandemic. Despite being a 1st round projection, Wilson went back to school with the hopes of establishing himself as a top-10 pick like Derrick Brown did in 2019.
With his season very much in flux, at least he has the option to consider changing his mind in the face of these unforeseeable circumstances right? Well, not anymore.
I’m not sure what this accomplishes for the student-athletes and it definitely doesn’t help the NFL teams. Now teams like the Tennessee Titans with extra picks in the top-100, can’t utilize what should have been a very deep and talented supplemental class.
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Now the players are left to hope that they made the right decision because if they didn’t, they now run the risk of hurting their careers short and long term.
This is legitimately baffling to me and I can’t comprehend why the NFL would make this call unless it is a move to protect fringe players at risk of being cut to make room for rookies? I’m sure there will be some sort of explanation for this other than “clubs wouldn’t have been able to get enough information” because that is a fun idea and all, but you canceling doesn’t change the idea of whether or not they would have used a pick on a player sight unseen.
I can promise you that prospects like Wilson, Dylan Moses, Najee Harris, and DeVonta Smith would have all been selected and those names are just the tip of the iceberg.
This is very frustrating and it is going to make the product as a whole worse. Maybe the reconsider, but right now fans should be incredibly disappointed.