Instead of waiting till the end of camp to find out if he would be eligible to play next season, Beal made the decision to enter the Supplemental Draft. Josh Gordon, Terrelle Pryor, and Hall of Famer Cris Carter are among the notable supplemental draft picks.
Three of the five players in the supplemental draft are defensive backs. The downside is the cost - teams that use a pick in the Supplemental Draft forfeit their pick in the matching round in next year's regular draft.
The San Francisco 49ers decided against adding players in Wednesday's supplemental draft, allowing them to keep their selections in the traditional 2019 NFL Draft. If they had drafted him in the third round, they would have lost a third-round pick in next spring's NFL Draft.More news: North Korea fails to attend talks on repatriation of United States war dead
The Browns learned of their draft order shortly before the draft started at 1 p.m. The first group has all the teams with six wins or less. With three defensive backs potentially getting selected in Wednesday's draft, teams will have the chance to add a legitimate Day 1 starter in the middle of July - something that nearly never happens.
Indianapolis is one of four teams reported to have met with Alexandria. Lombardi Ave's Andrew Cox looks at a few players that could interest Gutekunst. Virginia Tech confirmed in June he was no longer a member of the team after Alexander announced through his agent he was academically ineligible for the 2018 season. While his reaction and timing against more capable receivers needs improvement, he is able to stay physical and bend in perimeter coverage.
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Before we get to the actual picks, the supplemental draft is much different than the NFL Draft.
Though he'll be behind Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye and J.J. Wilcox on the depth chart, Bryant will absolutely help contribute on special teams and as the third safety when called upon.
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Others in the supplemental draft are Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu and Grand Valley State running back Marty Carter. Coming to the league a year earlier than expected, Beal's ceiling is what will ultimately warrant up to a third-round pick. He's a fantastic athlete, as shown by his Pro Day testing, and with added time for preparation might have been even more impressive. He's a better athlete than football player right now, but he gets a Round 6/7 grade from me and I think a team will pull the trigger on him.