The NFL Draft is the annual event where the 32 National Football League teams choose a new eligible college football player. The NFL Draft is the most common source of player recruitment of the NFL.
The players selected in the NFL Draft played college football. Players who have completed their redshirt sophomore year only can enter the NFL Draft. Few players can be selected from other football leagues like the Arena Football League or the Canadian Football League.
The Supplemental Draft of the NFL Draft
The NFL Draft has held a Supplemental Draft since 1977, to accommodate players who did not enter the regular draft.Generally, the players enter the Supplementary Draft because they missed the filling deadline of the NFL Draft or because issues developed which affected their eligibility. The draft occurs at some point after the regular NFL Draft and before the start of the next season.
The NFL Draft order is determined by a weighted system that is divided into three groupings. The teams that had six or fewer wins in the last season come first, followed by non-play off teams that had more than six wins, then followed by the 12 playoff teams.
In 1990, only players who graduated or exhausted their college eligibility were made avaliable for the supplemental draft. While from 1993, only players who had planned to attend college but for various resons could not, have been included in the supplemental draft of the NFL Draft.
The NFL Draft Venue
The NFL Draft has taken place since 1936, and has had to move into larger venues as the event has gained in popularity, drawing fans from across the world. For a ten-year period, the NFL Draft was hosted at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, but the NFL moved it to the Javits Convention Center in 2005. The NFL Draft in 2006, was held at Radio City Music Hall, in which it has been held there ever since.
The NFL Draft tickets are free and made avaliable to fans on a first-come first-served basis, in which the tickets are distributed at the box office the morning of the NFL Draft: one ticket per person.