Report: NFL won’t allow influx of players in supplemental draft

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Despite some talk that large numbers of college football players could enter this summer’s supplemental draft rather than wait to see if college football will be played at all, the NFL has no plans to let that happen.

The league has made it known in college football circles that it plans no significant changes to the supplemental draft to account for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo.

That’s no surprise. As Florio noted on Sunday, the NFL isn’t eager to undermine college football, which provides the league with a free player development system that has been very successful and very lucrative for decades. An influx of players bolting from college football to the NFL this summer might benefit those players, but it doesn’t benefit either the NFL or the NCAA, and the NFL and NCAA aren’t going to make it easy for those players.

So the supplemental draft will go on as usual, with only a handful of players eligible.

11 responses to “Report: NFL won’t allow influx of players in supplemental draft

  1. I understand that there are good reasons for the NFL and the NCAA to not want a lot of players entering the supplemental draft. It really undermines the rights of the players though. They may not get the chance to showcase their talent in a shortened season.

  2. “An influx of players bolting from college football to the NFL this summer might benefit those players, but it doesn’t benefit either the NFL or the NCAA” What? You’re literally adding younger, healthier, quality talent to the NFL immediately instead of waiting until next April to do so. Obviously it wouldn’t benefit the NCAA but how can you argue it wouldn’t benefit the NFL?

  3. Think of all those players missing out on that extra year of college education.
    I’m sure it will help them in the long run.
    Yeah sure.

  4. Even if 32 players were taken….that’s 1 per team average. Big deal, just evolve with the current times.

  5. These are extraordinary times, the NFL/NCAA should be thinking outside the box. The NCAA would be backlogging talent and spending to have athletes stay on campus an extra year with no certainty that the 2020 NCAA football will occur across the board. A student athlete who was required to declare in January(with no inkling what this pandemic was about to do) can’t earn a living? Why not expand the rosters and/or practice squads. These athletes would learn more football from NFL coaches than college coaches. Plus the NFL teams that use the supplemental draft would probably be getting talent at below round prices.

  6. How can you argue that it doesn’t benefit the NFL? Easy. One less season to play. Never good. Half of first rounders don’t pan out, so adding a bunch of people who wouldn’t even be near the first round? Never good. And you get us t always better. You have an influx of a bunch of immature kids with some level of talent but less maturity. Never good.

    That’s how I’d do it.

  7. Are there any Quarterbacks in the Sup. Draft, I hear the Packers are looking……

  8. Just wait until they push back the college season to the spring….tell me how many of the top name players are going to sit out to avoid being injured and ruining their 2021 draft stock.

  9. Can’t mess with the free forced labor college system. It brings in a lot of cash for the owners of the plantations.

  10. Can the players not allowed to enter the supplemental draft successfully sue the NFL for the right to join the league?

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