Supplemental draft and the Patriots

The NFL informed its 32 franchises on Monday that the 2012 supplemental draft will be held next Thursday, July 12.

It’s an opportunity for teams to invest in players who did not make themselves eligible for the amateur draft in April, but have since, for various reasons, decided to enter their name in the supplemental draft and join an NFL team for 2012.

The process involved is as follows: NFL teams are presented with a list of available prospects (this year’s list via “Around The League” on NFL.com), and have the option to enter a bid on any of the players of their choosing in the form of a draft pick (i.e., first-round, second-round, third-round; not a specifically numbered pick).

The bids are compiled anonymously, so each bidder is unaware what its competitors submitted. The player is awarded to the highest bidder, and that team surrenders the draft choice it offered the following year.

For example, in 2011, the Oakland Raiders were awarded former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft after placing a third-round bid on him; the team was subsequently without its third-round pick in 2012.

While Bill Belichick has yet to take a player in the supplemental draft as head coach of the Patriots, the franchise has twice acquired a supplemental draft player in its history (the supplemental draft came into existence in 1977).

In 1981, the Patriots selected wide receiver Chy Davidson out of Rhode Island with an 11th-round pick, and in 1999 the team selected defensive back J’Juan Cherry out of Arizona State with a fourth-round pick.

Recent notable supplemental draft selections around the NFL include Pryor (2011), Jared Gaither (2007), and Ahmad Brooks (2006).