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NFL's supplemental draft comes and goes, Bills (and every other team) sit it out

It's fitting that the NFL holds its supplemental draft on the day after the MLB All-Star Game.

It's the quietest day of the year on the sports calendar. So it was no surprise the selection process Wednesday was over before most everyone even knew it began.

Defensive lineman Tavares Bingham of Georgia Military College and Western New Mexico running back Marques Rodgers were the only two players eligible for this year's supplemental draft, which is for those who have had their draft eligibility change since the regular draft was held in late April.

According to NFL.com's Chase Goodbread, Rodgers was academically ineligible for the 2016 season, while Bingham had exhausted his junior college eligibility and did not play in 2016. Both players are now free to sign with any team now as free agents.

No players have been selected in the supplemental for two straight years and four of the past five seasons. The last player to be picked was offensive tackle Isaiah Battle of Clemson, who was chosen by the St. Louis Rams in 2015. The Rams bid a fifth-round pick to draft Battle, which under NFL rules meant they gave up their 2016 fifth-round draft pick. Battle never appeared in a game for the Rams and is now with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Before Battle, the last player to be selected was Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. The Browns used a second-round pick on Gordon in 2012. He had 1,646 yards in 2013, but played in just five games the next year and has missed the last two seasons because of multiple suspensions. He remains barred by the NFL.

The last time the Bills used a pick in the supplemental draft was 1989, when they used an eighth-round draft pick to select Oregon defensive back Brett Young.

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