NFL Europa & The NFL Supplemental Draft
Yahoo has reported that the NFL decided to pull the plug on NFL Europa, one of the NFL’s feeder leagues. After 15 seasons, the six-team league has disbanded after sustaining financial difficulties. Goodell believes it is a necessary business decision in the best interests of the league. The league will now turn its focus to the NFL’s regular season and utilize technology to reach the international audience.
Also of note, the NFL’s Supplemental Draft will take place on July 12. For those of you who haven’t heard of this draft or don’t know exactly what it is, it’s for a reason, as it has played a minor role in building NFL rosters over the years.
The Supplemental Draft, unlike the main Draft, is purely optional and no team is required to make a selection. The Draft’s purpose is to afford those underclassmen who did not apply for early entry in the April Draft (prior to the January deadline) and are currently ineligible for the current NCAA season, a chance to enter the league.
Only 34 players have been taken in this draft since the NFL instituted it in 1977. Most notably, Bernie Kosar (Cleveland’s first round pick in 1985), Cris Carter (Philly’s fourth round pick in 1987), and Ahmad Brooks (Cincinnati’s third round pick in last year’s draft, which only contained 7 players).