Who will be picked in the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Kristopher Nichols
July 12, 2018

The 2018 Supplemental Draft was held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

But with Reese now gone and the more ambitious Dave Gettleman having taken over, the Giants once again dipped into the supplemental draft pool. In all, Beal is one of the best supplemental draft prospects in the past few years.

Often, players entering the draft are college prospects who have an off-the-field issue (or two or three) that have them ineligible for their upcoming collegiate campaign.

At least two national experts don't expect the Lions to participate in the draft. With three defensive backs potentially getting selected in Wednesday's draft, teams will have the chance to add a legitimate Day 1 starter in the middle of July - something that nearly never happens.

If a team bids a first round pick and they are awarded the player, they will lose the corresponding selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Should a player go undrafted, he is free to sign with any team.

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The supplemental draft is typically for players who have had troubled pasts. Alexander plays physical, but if he doesn't overcome the speed issues, he'll be the next in a growing line of lanky CBs who can't make it in the NFL.

This is why the supplemental draft is extremely riveting when talented prospects are involved.

Clearly, the Giants see Beal, 21, as a piece in their defensive puzzle, and this underscores the absence on the roster of high-level cornerback depth behind Janoris Jenkins and presumptive starter Eli Apple.

Beal joins a Giants defense that allowed the second-most passing yards in 2017 (252.4 per game), though NY was 19th in pass defense DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average), per Football Outsiders. The Browns traded away Jamar Taylor to the Arizona Cardinals for a late round pick and he didn't tackle. The 6-foot-1 cornerback ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range and had a 37-inch vertical leap. He does not have major character red flags other than basic maturity and motivational question marks, both of which could be extinguished upon entering the NFL. One concern is that Beal has just two career interceptions and 19 pass breakups.

He's the third player Washington drafted from Virginia Tech this year and he played one season for current Redskins defensive backs coach Torrian Gray. If multiple teams put in a bid in the same round, the player goes to the team with the highest pick. The Giants had William Gay, 33, playing with the first-team defense in the slot this spring and had a bevy of career journeymen fighting for spots in their secondary.

As a recruit: A high three-star in the Class of 2014, Bryant was pretty quiet as a recruit a made a commitment to Mississippi State over Southern Miss near the end of his senior season. He chose to return to school, but at the start of spring practice he was suspended indefinitely, and later declared for the Supplemental Draft. A team that drafts him is banking on what he could be down the road.

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