It was 21 years since the Green Bay Packers had last chosen a player in the NFL’s Supplemental Draft, but heading into Wednesday afternoon, it appeared that general manager Brian Gutekunst was considering putting an end to that streak on Wednesday.
However, the Packers did not choose any players in the 2019 Supplemental Draft. Only one player was selected, as the Arizona Cardinals used a fifth-round pick on Washington State safety Jalen Thompson. The Cardinals had the fourth-highest priority in the draft order, while the Packers were tenth; as a result, there is a possibility that Gutekunst may have put in a fifth-round bid for Thompson but were thwarted by Arizona.
The Cardinals’ selection of Thompson means that they will forfeit their fifth-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Over the past few days, steam was building around the Packers potentially selecting Thompson. They reportedly spent significant time with him on Monday during his Pro Day workout, then brought him to Green Bay for interviews and medical examinations on Tuesday. However, he is now on his way to Arizona, where he will join the Cardinals for training camp.
Thompson was the only player selected on Wednesday, so all other eligible players will now become free agents and are free to sign with any team.