Notes: The NFL cancels supplemental draft for 2021

For the second year in a row, the NFL has chosen not to keep the supplementary draft, by NFL Networks Tom Pelissero. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the league has complete control over the event and may, in its sole discretion, either hold or cancel the supplementary draft. Last year’s event was not held due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, but Pelissero did not elaborate on the reason for the cancellation of this year’s event.

For those unfamiliar with the supplemental draft, it’s a system set up to allow players who wanted to enter the NFL but could not declare their intentions within the proper timeframe. Typically, players who came into the supplementary draft are those who after the deadline found out that they were not eligible to return to college due to qualification issues – such as. Academic or rule violations – and wanted a chance to play in the upcoming NFL season.

An additional draft runs differently from a traditional draft, as teams enter blind bids on players based on the draft value they are willing to give up for the player. If a team is awarded a player because they have the highest bid, they immediately praise the player and lose the value of their bid in the next NFL Draft.

For example, in 2019 Jalen Thompson lost his NCAA eligibility (2019)rules violation), the NFL petitioned to enter the supplementary draft and was selected with a bid from the fifth round of Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals again gave up their fifth round of the 2020 draft.

The Lions have only once selected a player in the supplementary draft. Back in 1982, they gave up a ninth round to acquire defensive back Kevin Robinson, but he failed to reach the list and has no recorded stats in his NFL career.

Now on to the rest of today’s NOTES:

  • TE University is a training / learning opportunity for tight ends across the league, organized by Travis Kelce (Chiefs) and George Kittle (49ers), as well as the former NFL veteran, tight end Greg Olsen. At the conclusion of the only player event, they awarded a TEU Heavyweight Champion, and this year’s recipient was Lions Pro Bowler TJ Hockenson.
  • Lions senior author Tim Twentyman compiled a detailed list of 5 numbers to change in 2021, including allowed points, yard allowed, offensive efficiency in the red zone, average rushing yards per. battle and sacks from the defense.
  • Select members of staff at Athletic, compile a list of best offseason moves from each organization (subscription required). Nick Baumgardner represented the Lions in this exercise and selected Matthew Stafford’s draft capital trade to start the reconstruction – a conclusion repeated by Jeremy Reisman a few weeks left. The rams were represented by Jourdan Rodrigue, who also chose the Stafford trade as the best feature of the rams, allowing them a chance super Bowl race.
  • Expect to see more movement and shift in Lions’ new offensive line. This is something we talked about in our lattest the Spotify Greenroom podcast and expanded here with PFF_Lion’s Twitter account:

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