The 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft will be held on July 11th and for the first time in a while, there is genuine intrigue. All 32 NFL teams were at Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal’s pro day on Thursday, and he’s expected to be selected. Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander and Mississippi State DB Brandon Bryant are also eligible for the supplemental draft.
With every team in attendance for Beal, he’s expected to be the highest supplemental draft pick since Josh Gordon went in the second round in 2012. Optimum Scouting’s Eric Galko says 28 teams were in attendance for Alexander’s pro day, making it likely the Bills sent a rep. They were not in attendance at Bryant’s workout.
“One team told me they viewed Beal as second round pick had he been in 2018 draft, but that round likely to be lower in [the supplemental] draft,” tweeted NFL.com draft writer Gil Brandt. “Keep eye on teams with extra picks in Rounds 3-4 next year, including Browns (Round 3) and Bills (4).”
When a team takes a player in the supplemental draft, they give up a pick in the same round during the following year’s regular NFL Draft. Buffalo’s extra fourth round selection came as a result of the trade of linebacker Reggie Ragland to the Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo also has an additional seventh round pick obtained for trading QB Cardale Jones.
The supplemental draft was enacted in 1977 for players who had various circumstances affect their eligibility and did not enter the main NFL Draft. Dismissal from the team, failed drug tests, and academic ineligibility are the most common reasons players enter the supplemental draft. Beal lost his eligibility after not obtaining enough credits to play college football in 2018.
“Beal is a lengthy cornerback who likes to jam receivers at the line and doesn’t give up on plays, but his technique is still developing and he’s prone to making mistakes in one-on-one situations,” says Buffalo Rumblings NFL Draft writer Dan Lavoie.
No player has been picked in the NFL Supplemental Draft since Isaiah Battle in 2015. Terrelle Pryor (2011) and Josh Gordon (2012) are the only other active players who were selected in the Supplemental Draft.