Today, the NFL held its annual supplemental draft. It’s usually uneventful, as there often aren’t many high-level prospects seeking to be chosen during the event.
This year, however, there was one player taken. In the fifth round of the supplemental draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected Washington State safety Jalen Thompson.
Thompson was supposed to be one of the leaders on defense this season for Washington State, ranked No. 19 in The Spun’s preseason Top 25. However, he was declared ineligible for the season last month and chose to enter the supplemental draft.
By selecting Thompson today, the Cardinals forfeit their fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as a result.
— NFL345 (@NFL345) July 10, 2019
Last year, two players were picked in the supplemental draft, with the New York Giants taking cornerback Sam Beal in the third round and the Washington Redskins adding defensive back Adonis Alexander in the sixth.
An All-Pac 12 second team selection in 2017 and honorable mention pick last fall, Thompson recorded six interceptions and 190 career tackles in 39 games with the Cougars.
Had he entered the 2020 NFL Draft, Thompson was projected to be a likely second-day pick.