It’s rare that we have real football news to talk about in the middle of July, and rarer still that it is news we’re happy to talk about.
We got just that when the New York Giants invested their 2019 third-round pick in acquiring Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal in the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft. Having a prospect like Beal come up in the supplemental draft is rare in its own right — this was the first time since 2012 that a player with clear “starter” upside qualified for the supplemental draft. And since it is a high-leverage position which was also a dire need for the Giants, it makes sense that they pounced.
We’ve already given our scouting report of Beal, as well as the thoughts of scouts from around the league and those of Dave Gettleman himself.
Let’s put a bow on the addition of Beal by seeing what the reaction to the selection has been around Twitter.
We’ll start with the young man himself:
I wanna use this platform to thank @WMU_Football coaches, teammates, and my supporters. My journey has been a up hill battle but a battle well fought. Even though this moment is bitter sweet I hope I still have that love and support as I take this journey. THANK YOU! #LetsRide— Sam Beal (@BigBeal_) July 12, 2018
Moving on, here’s our own Dan Pizzuta bringing the numbers:
Quick Sam Beal thread below. This was a good move. https://t.co/x19hBODfXH— Dan Pizzuta (@DanPizzuta) July 11, 2018
Numbers on Beal were very impressive, too. https://t.co/c1unJPJX96— Dan Pizzuta (@DanPizzuta) July 11, 2018
From the Giants’ beat writers:
What does the selection of CB Sam Beal mean for the crowded Giants CB spot? And how much of an impact can we expect from him out of the chute? @bigblueview and I discuss this and more on the newest LockedOn Giants podcast. https://t.co/KKyQrzkPcX— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) July 12, 2018
As I said earlier ... bold move by Giants using third rounder on Sam Beal, but I like the boldness. More coming @northjersey soon https://t.co/VQ2NwM6IHu— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) July 11, 2018
From elsewhere around Twitter:
Solid pickup. https://t.co/KWUEJ9g6bN— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) July 11, 2018
The Giants drafting Sam Beal in the Supplemental Draft should be the final nail in the coffin to the “Rebuilding” crowd.— Vacation MARA (@EmperorMara) July 11, 2018
Why would you draft someone in the SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT and forfeit a future 3rd rd. pick if you’re rebuilding?
Like Shurm said, he’s all in with Eli!#Giants
#Giants got Sam Beal in the third round in the supplemental draft. #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/JeOYt9Wtkf— WBG84 (@WBG84) July 11, 2018
We’ve heard what the Giants’ GM thinks, what scouts think, and what some folks on Twitter think. Now, let’s see what Big Blue View thinks about the selection of Sam Beal.
How Do You Feel About The Selection Of Sam Beal?
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No sir, I don’t like it.
Good player, but the the pick was too high.
Great Pick! Talented player at a position of need.