How Does The NFL Supplemental Draft Work?

The 2011 NFL supplemental draft will take place on Monday, Aug. 22, at 1:00 p.m. (ET) as 32 NFL teams will have the option of selecting six available players including Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor, Western Carolina DB Torez Jones, Georgia RB Caleb King, Lindenwood DE Keenan Mace, North Carolina DE Mike McAdoo and Northern Illinois DB Tracy Wilson.

The NFL supplemental draft operates differently from the regular draft in April. It's designed for those players whose status has changed since the deadline to apply for April's draft. Usually, this means players who, after the deadline to apply for the draft, have been kicked off the team or ruled academically ineligible. It's an opportunity for them to get into the NFL as opposed to waiting an entire year.

Despite popular belief, the supplemental draft order is not the same as the NFL draft order. Basically, teams are divided into three groups and there's a weighted lottery to determine the order. So while the Carolina Panthers had the top pick in April's draft, they're not guaranteed to be the top pick in the supplemental draft.

This lottery will be conducted and teams will be told the order of the draft about 30 minutes before it starts at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Monday.

The draft will be conducted via email and it's sort of like a silent auction. Teams can submit a bid -- a draft pick -- on a player and the highest bid wins the rights to that player. That team will then lose the corresponding pick in the 2012 NFL draft. 

The action starts on Monday afternoon when we'll finally find out where Pryor, and the five other players, will be playing in 2011 (if they're drafted at all, which is no guarantee, either).

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