Chiefs don't select anyone in the 2018 National Football League supplemental draft

Chiefs don't select anyone in the 2018 National Football League supplemental draft

Two teams added defensive backs Wednesday through the supplemental draft. He told NFL.com that he has been working on his maturity and growing up over the a year ago. But due to a lack of academic credits, Beal's senior season was in jeopardy.

At least two national experts don't expect the Lions to participate in the draft.

The Giants chose Western Michigan CB Sam Beal in the third round of the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft on Wednesday, in a move that should significantly bolster the depth at a position in desperate need of it this season. The other one who had a chance to be drafted was Mississippi State defensive back Brandon Bryant. If nobody in the pod bids, Beal would then fall to the next group of teams. Supplemental draft picks earn the same amount of money as a rookie taken in the same round of the traditional NFL Draft, as determined by the league's rookie pay scale.

So, if you bid a third rounder on one of the players, and you get that player, the team loses their 2019 third-round selection. For some teams, his academic and off-field issues have made him a player on whom they'll pass.

And while the Colts have never claimed a player in the supplemental draft, this year's group could be quite enticing to general manager Chris Ballard and his staff. Robinson never played in the NFL.

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. For example, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon signed a four-year, $5.3 million contract when he was selected in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft.

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Beal joins a Giants defense that allowed the second-most passing yards in 2017 (252.4 per game), though NY was 19th in pass defense DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average), per Football Outsiders. He does not have major character red flags other than basic maturity and motivational question marks, both of which could be extinguished upon entering the NFL. During his three-year college career, Alexander tallied seven interceptions and 17 passes defended, 91 solo tackles, and one sack. Beal has impressive recovery speed and ball skills to match.

Beal was considered the cream of the crop and had been expected by many to perhaps go as high as the second round. 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.

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.

The Texans, however, are primed to make a splash in the supplemental draft.

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.

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