While the date has yet to be set, the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft is coming up. A trio of players seek to enter the supplemental draft, Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, and corners Adonis Alexander (Virginia Tech), and Sam Beal (Western Michigan).
While Bryant and Alexander have raw talent, the more exciting prospect for the New York Giants is Beal.
At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Beal is a long corner who plays with a combination of physicality and smooth athleticism. Over the last two seasons, Beal has had 77 tackles (2 for a loss), 18 passes defensed, and a pair of interceptions (one of which was off of Sam Darnold in the 2017 season opener).
The supplemental draft functions as something of a blind auction. Teams are placed into three tiers based on the prior season’s record. Interested teams submit a “bid” in the form of a draft pick in the following year’s draft, and the team that uses the highest pick is awarded the player. And as in a blind auction, no team knows which other teams are submitting picks for the player.
For example, if Team A submits a fifth-round pick, while Team B uses a fourth-round pick, Team B would be awarded the player. If two teams offer picks in the same round, whichever team had the higher draft slot in that year’s draft would be awarded the player — so the Giants would be slotted ahead of every team, save the Cleveland Browns.
If selected, Beal (or Andrews or Bryant) would be just the third player selected in the Supplemental Draft since 2012, after WR Josh Gordon (2012) and OT Isaiah Battle (2015).
However, the Giants do have a need for depth at outside corner behind Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. It is a risk, but should Beal be allowed to enter the Supplemental Draft and given the Giants’ need at corner, it might be a risk worth taking.
What do you think, should the Giants put in a bid for him?