The Falcons are not frequent supplemental drafters. There’s a running joke among the team here that we could just re-publish the same supplemental draft article over and over again, given that the Falcons never do anything and are barely ever linked to any prospects who could be drafted through it.
That’s why this news, while another major salvo in the league’s “we’ll give up anything but the season” campaign, means very little for Atlanta.
The NFL just informed clubs it will not conduct a supplemental draft this year, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 1, 2020
The team last made a supplemental pick in 1980, when they took defensive end Matthew Teague out of Texas A&M with a 7th rounder. He would suffer a major injury, play in 11 games with Atlanta, and be out of the league. The Falcons haven’t touched a prospect out of the supplemental draft since, and while they’ve missed out on some great players because of it, those players have obviously been few and far between.
This won’t impact Atlanta in 2020, but it’s worth noting because the NFL is cutting preseason, the Hall of Fame game, and the supplemental draft in an effort to keep the schedule tight and increase the chances of a season. We’re still a ways away from finding out if they’ll be able to pull it off.