The 2020 NFL Supplemental Draft officially been canceled, per a memo from the league office to all 32 teams. As Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (Twitter link) explains, the CBA leaves the decision to the NFL. After discussions with the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, the league has opted against having one in 2020.
This marks the NFL’s latest concession to the ongoing pandemic. In June, the league 86’d the Hall of Fame Game, the annual start to the NFL preseason in early August. Now, it has taken the supplemental event off the calendar, even though it’s historically conducted remotely.
Annually designed for players whose eligibility statuses have changed in the offseason, the NFL opted against making this supplemental draft a game-changer amid the pandemic. The coronavirus has threatened the college football season, but the NFL nixed the idea of allowing potential 2021 draft prospects whose seasons run the risk of being postponed or canceled to enter the supplemental draft.