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. But most years see no players selected. If the Buccaneers' historical trend holds true, chances are they will not be selecting any players on Wednesday. Teams earn placements in one of three groups based on overall record and playoff appearances.
Alexander becomes the Redskins' first supplemental pick since they used a third-round choice on defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon in 2009.
And it's not really a draft, it's more of an auction or a waiver system. However, the team isn't likely to pass up talented players if they are available, so there is a chance Minnesota did attempt to acquire one of these players.
If a team bids a first round pick and they are awarded the player, they will lose the corresponding selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. Each team in the National Football League gets split up into three groups depending on how their season played out.
The top prospects coincided with the Chiefs' ongoing need in the secondary.
The Jets were one of 14 teams who attended Bryant's Pro Day a few weeks ago (Rams, Browns, Falcons, Giants, 49ers, Redskins, Colts, Steelers, Saints, Jaguars, Texans, Raiders and Ravens). Other CB needy teams like the Seahawks or a darkhorse like the Cowboys or Eagles could be a fit.
Beal, who is known as a cover corner, immediately joins that crowded group and should be able to compete for a role this season. He's good in coverage and has the length and speed to thrive in the NFL.
Bids begin with the first-round pick for 2019 for each of the teams.
"Beal has great size, standing at 6'1" and weighing 185 lbs. Like Alexander, he can play a bit loose and give up early separation, but I think he has more ability to recover. Reading into how much passing game coordinator Kris Richard prefers length and physicality at cornerback (two things present in Alexander's game) can not overshadow the overall strength of Beal's tape though. He has a round 2/3 grade from me, although he did leave WMU because of academic issues.
On that front, Alexander makes you want to believe.
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. The 6-foot-1 cornerback ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range and had a 37-inch vertical leap. The team needs help at corner. There are some questions about his college production (just two interceptions), but he and Alexander were projected as potential second-day picks had they entered the draft in April. The off-field issues have been a problem but someone will draft him.