NFL Supplemental Draft takes place Wednesday

Lynette Rowe
July 12, 2018

If the Buccaneers or any team selects a player in this year's Supplemental Draft, it will happen quietly.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has been undergoing cancer treatment, but he was at the team's facility on Wednesday. Journeyman Tyvis Powell received first-team reps during the offseason program while 2014 first-round pick Jimmie Ward sat with a minor ankle injury.

They really could use a young cornerback. They used two of their picks in the 2018 NFL Draft on two Virginia Tech prospects, defensive tackle Tim Settle and cornerback Greg Stroman.

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.

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Bryant reportedly signed with the Jets, per Yahoo Sports. Beal is a long corner with good speed - he ran a 4.4 40-yard-dash - but needs to refine his technique, especially when it comes to tackling. Wide receiver Josh Gordon was a second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2012. There are off-field issues with Alexander (like nearly all Supplemental draft players), as Alexander had issues with academics throughout his college career and a marijuana arrest. He's a fantastic athlete, as shown by his Pro Day testing, and with added time for preparation might have been even more impressive. Alexander is a big defensive back at 6-3 and 207 pounds and is pegged as more of a zone guy at the next level. At least one team reportedly had a second-round grade on Beal. But Alexander also had seven INTs in three college seasons, which were sprinkled with a few great highlights. But, Beal could be worth it and the Houston Texans have the flexibility to do it. Brain Gaine, pull the trigger. The team is now projected to receive four compensatory picks next year, including two sixth-rounders, mitigating the risk even more. The Washington Redskins drafted Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander in the sixth round.

In a year or two, perhaps the Giants will look back on the gamble they took Wednesday and nod in approval. So, why is Beal in the supplemental draft?

We are now just 60 days away from the Green Bay Packers' regular season opener, and just 16 days away from the start of training camp.

Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple are entrenched as the starting outside cornerbacks, but there is plenty of opportunity for Beal to step right in and play immediately as a rookie. Teams can bid a future draft pick for a player and they will be awarded that player if no teams above them put in a bid first.

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