Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

The NFL Supplemental Draft, explained

The NFL Supplemental Draft, explained

Typically, the NFL's Supplemental Draft is an afterthought for most teams.

There had been 45 picks in the history of the supplemental draft, according to Elias Sports Bureau. And given that he will be so far behind all the other rookies coming in this late stage in the process as well as the upgrade in talent, Beal would likely be taking a redshirt year for the Browns while being on the active roster. But due to a lack of academic credits, Beal's senior season was in jeopardy. The field is limited to players who are at least three years removed from high school but have lost collegiate eligibility, usually for academic or legal reasons. Arguably the best prospect to ever come through the supplemental draft, Western Michigan's Sam Beal is a feel-good story that should entice a team to move on from a 2019 draft pick for him in this year's draft. The other three players who were eligible - Mississippi State S Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State RB Marty Carter and Oregon State LB Bright Ugwoegbu - went undrafted and were rendered free agents and immediately able to sign with any interested National Football League team.

Additionally, the Chiefs did not select Adonis Alexander, who the team spoke with following his pro day. Beal is the first player taken in the supplemental draft since 2015 and the highest player taken in this unique draft since the Browns selected Josh Gordon in the second round in 2012.

The Redskins lose a sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft by selecting Alexander, but the team expects to add two compensatory sixth-rounders in 2019 based on free agency losses. Though, the Chiefs are not expected to have interest in any of those three players. Beal has more trouble dealing with receivers going inside on him, but his recovery speed is good and he's able to make up ground and break on plays. Jones proved past year that he has a lot of talent and can take on a featured role in Green Bay's offense.

This is why the supplemental draft is extremely riveting when talented prospects are involved. The Browns had the fourth pick in each round behind the Raiders, Jets, and Giants.

There have been eight players who entered the league as first-round picks in the Supplemental Draft, majority quarterbacks and most during the 1980s.

- Scouting report: A two-year starter at Western Michigan, Beal possess the ideal body type for a perimeter corner in today's NFL.

Is this Sam Beal guy any good?

He did not test well at his Pro Day, recording a 4.95 40-yard dash and a 7.38 three-cone drill despite measuring only 6-1, 205 pounds. I don't think he gets out of Round 5. Bryant played safety at Mississippi State. He made a decision to return to school, but at the start of spring practice he was suspended indefinitely, and later declared for the Supplemental Draft. The Bucs grabbed him for a third-round pick.

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.

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