The Colts have never claimed a player in the supplemental draft, but with an aggressive general manager in Chris Ballard and some needs in the defensive secondary that could change Wednesday. Washington responded by signing Orlando Scandrick to a two-year deal.
Beal (6-1, 196) was ruled academically ineligible for 2018, but Western Michigan coaches and school officials loved him, sources told cleveland.com. Each team in the National Football League gets split up into three groups depending on how their season played out.
At least two national experts don't expect the Lions to participate in the draft. The Giants, though, broke with that standard, rolling the dice to use a third-round pick to take Sam Beal, a highly regarded cornerback from Western Michigan.
Three other players were eligible for the supplemental draft: Mississippi State Bulldogs safety Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State Lakers running back Martayveus Carter and Oregon State Beavers linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu.
The Giants were one of 32 teams that reportedly were in attendance for Beal's pro day, where he impressed scouts with his athleticism and size.
He is the earliest supplemental draft pick since Josh Gordon was taken in Round 2 of the 2012 event, by Cleveland. The NFL will hold its annual Supplemental Draft on Wednesday, and if Tampa Bay sits it out again it will mark the 32nd straight year the team has passed on this particular avenue of player acquisition.
For a team to get a player, they must send in a round they would take that prospect.
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It's very likely we will see three defensive backs from this class selected.
Miller himself believes Beal is not only a legitimate prospect but perhaps the best supplemental draft talent to come along in several years. Each group has its own lottery drawing to determine the order, which is decided shortly before the supplemental draft starts.
It might take a considerable draft asset, but if Beal is as good as advertised, the Chiefs could shore up a major area of concern for the present and the future with the right move. Remember, the Colts have an extra second-round selection from the trade with the Jets. The first group has all the teams with six wins or less. "He's long, he's very athletic for a corner, he has all the physical skills, he can carry the vertical, he has very good play speed, he shows instincts out there, he has ball awareness, he doesn't panic when the ball is thrown at his guy, and he is a very willing tackler".
He was clocked at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He started 23 of 37 games and concluded his career with 96 tackles (68 solo), two interceptions and 21 passes defensed. The Bucs grabbed him for a third-round pick.
As a recruit: Alexander picked up a number of offers, but when Virginia Tech joined his list the Hokies quickly jumped to the front of the line. I don't think he gets out of Round 5.
However, like many tough-minded safeties, Bryant can display that reckless missile mentality where he tries to land a big hit but can be inaccurate in doing so. He chose to return to school, but at the start of spring practice he was suspended indefinitely, and later declared for the Supplemental Draft.
This is nitpicking to some degree, but Beal's hands actually come into question - which is surprising, considering the fact that he's a former wide receiver.