Panthers pass on NFL Supplemental Draft prospects


Two players were selected by other teams but the Carolina Panthers didn’t make a move…

The NFL Supplemental Draft offers prospects who missed the original filing deadline of the regular draft, for whatever reason, an opportunity to still be selected by teams. In a silent auction of sorts, teams, including the Carolina Panthers, can place bids on the players available and the highest adds them to their roster in exchange for that round pick in the following draft.

For example, if a prospect receives two bids from different NFL franchises of a third-round and fourth-round pick, then the team placing the third-round designation on the player wins. They then forfeit their third-round pick from the next NFL Draft.

On Wednesday, five players were available and some were intriguing candidates for a Panthers team light in the secondary.

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Adonis Alexander, DB, Virginia Tech
Sam Beal, DB, Western Michigan
Brandon Bryant, DB, Mississippi St.
Martayveus Carter, RB, Grand Valley St.
Bright Ugwoegbu, LB, Oregon St.

Typically, the NFL Supplemental Draft passes without much fanfare but this season two of the available players were picked up by other teams. Former Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, now calling shots for the New York Giants, added Beal for a third-round selection and according to Adam Schefter, Alexander went to Washington for a sixth-round pick.

The Panthers worked to upgrade their secondary in the spring NFL Draft and after passing on each of these potential candidates, need to get some immediate results from their younger players. Each of the remaining three players not picked now become free agents but the other defensive back, Bryant, reportedly signed with the New York Jets already.

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At least for now it appears both coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney are content with the current roster in the defensive secondary, but both cornerback and safety will be key position battles once training camp opens in two weeks.