Beal is the Giants' first supplemental draft selection since 1994, when they chose safety Tito Wooten from Northeast Louisiana in the fourth round.
At least two national experts don't expect the Lions to participate in the draft. Two players, Grambling State RB Martayveus Carter and Oregon State LB Bright Ugwoegbu, don't have much chance to be drafted. I think there will be multiple bids in the 3rd round for Beal, so a team like the Chiefs might lose out to a higher priority team like the Browns, Colts or Cardinals.
Bryant was one of three eligible prospects to not be selected in the supplemental draft. The team who makes the highest bid "drafts" that player.
Bids begin with the first-round pick for 2019 for each of the teams. Although he tallied five career interceptions as a Bulldog, he snagged three of those picks in 2015 and didn't make much of an impact after his initial success. Here's a look at the five players - in alphabetical order - and what they could bring to their future pro teams.
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. Josh Gordon, Terrelle Pryor, and Hall of Famer Cris Carter are among the notable supplemental draft picks. The Giants got good value by taking Beal. It also includes colorful Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth (to Seattle) in 1987, Miami quarterback Steve Walsh (to Dallas) in 1989, Washington State quarterback Timm Rosenbach (to Phoenix) in 1989, Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey (to Denver) in 1989, Syracuse wide receiver Rob Moore (to the N.Y. Jets) in 1990 and Duke quarterback Dave Brown (to the N.Y. Giants) in 1992.
- Scouting report: A two-year starter at Western Michigan, Beal possess the ideal body type for a perimeter corner in today's NFL.
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. The 6-foot-1 cornerback ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range and had a 37-inch vertical leap.
Alexander might not possess top-level speed, but his size and physical playing style make him a nightmare for receivers at the line of scrimmage. He chose to return to school, but at the start of spring practice he was suspended indefinitely, and later declared for the Supplemental Draft.
Gabriel wrote that Alexander has talent, but the questions about his ability to fulfill it are concerning.
The Browns (0-16) and Giants (2-14) are the only teams with a better chance of holding the first overall pick than the Colts.