Sam Beal needs to be selected in the supplemental draft

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Panthers pass on 2018 supplemental draft class

The Western Michigan prospect does not come with off-field concerns like other players that have come through the Supplemental Draft.

However, that doesn't mean that other franchises haven't acquired some great players through the Supplemental Draft.

- Scouting report: A three-year starter for Oregon State, Ugwoebu played a safety/pass-rusher hybrid position, working against receivers and tight ends as well as attacking the edge.

Beal, 21, declared for the draft this spring because his academic eligibility was up in the air. There are 5 players eligible this year, but they won't all be drafted.

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

Alexander was the second player selected in this year's NFL Supplemental Draft, joining fellow cornerback Sam Beal, who the New York Giants took in the third round.

Beal and Alexander figure to interest Indianapolis the most.

It was Beal's ability to lock down receivers that made him the first supplemental pick since the Rams selected running back Isaiah Battle in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.

The Chiefs did not place a second-round bid on Western Michigan corner Sam Beal, who they were often linked to prior to the supplemental draft process.

It's possible a team views him as a boundary corner that is a package player for obvious passing situations, but given the price tag, that seems pretty hefty for a player that would be limited to a package player.

In most years, it's a rare occurrence to see a player taken in the Supplemental Draft.

Chances are, that streak will continue, even though this year's Supplemental Draft does have some players that are deemed potentially worthy of selection. In his sophomore campaign, Beal had a good market share in that area.

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. Alexander was considered one of the top cornerback prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft by Optimum Scouting. The Bucs grabbed him for a third-round pick. If multiple teams submit bids, the player goes to the highest bidder, according to a slotted lottery system that breaks up teams into three different groups: non-playoff teams with six or fewer wins, non-playoff teams with more than six wins and playoff teams. The rising senior is undersized at 6-1, 205 pounds and did not test well at his pre-draft workout. Last season, he was limited to 10 games but still had two interceptions and 10 pass deflections to go with 22 tackles. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at his Pro Day earlier this summer - a time that likely dissuaded teams from using a higher pick on him. "He's long, he's very athletic for a corner, he has all the physical skills, he can carry the vertical, he has very good play speed, he shows instincts out there, he has ball awareness, he doesn't panic when the ball is thrown at his guy, and he is a very willing tackler".

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

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