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NFL Supplemental Draft 2018: Sam Beal Headlines Players Selected

13 July 2018
NFL Supplemental Draft 2018: Sam Beal Headlines Players Selected

Beal elected to leave school and enter the supplemental draft after running into academic issues in the spring.

The last exciting player selected in a supplemental draft was Josh Gordon, who was picked by the Cleveland Browns with a second-round selection in 2012.

Last year, a player like Beal might have been on the field pretty quickly for the Browns, but with the investment at the position, the Browns appear to be substantially improved, making it more hard for a player like Beal to crack the lineup. Cornerbacks Sam Beal of Western Michigan and Adonis Alexander of Virginia Tech drew multiple scouts to their pre-draft workouts and play a position at which teams are often scrambling for depth.

Selection order was determined by a lottery among three groups of teams (six or fewer wins, more than six wins but no playoffs and playoff teams). The team who makes the highest bid "drafts" that player.

Beal was widely regarded as a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Perhaps, the reason why the Texans haven't selected anyone in the supplemental draft since them is that neither turned out great. He is a consistent tackler who likely will have a role - or at least an opportunity for a role - on special teams in the NFL.

The supplemental draft will take place on Wednesday at 11 AM MT, with a predetermined order that is not known by the teams.

For as good as Beal's flashes are, this is a player that lacks a clear plan on every snap. If the Texans take the risk, Beal could reward it with years of solid play.

A trade could nip that situation in the bud, make the situation right in terms of putting him on a team to start as well as creating the roster space to carry Beal. In OTAS and minicamp, Carrie got the most reps with the first-team defense.

In the case of Beal, he has been declared academically ineligible for the 2018 season.

Farrell's take: Despite just two in-state offers, we liked Bryant a lot and made him a high three-star because he had size, was filled out and liked to hit.

Teams can submit bids for players in a sort of silent auction. He's a fantastic athlete, as shown by his Pro Day testing, and with added time for preparation might have been even more impressive. Coming to the league a year earlier than expected, Beal's ceiling is what will ultimately warrant up to a third-round pick. 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. The most decorated player to come out of the Supplemental Draft, however, is probably Cris Carter, the former Ohio State receiver who started out with the Eagles but became a star in Minnesota.