Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Panthers pass on 2018 supplemental draft class

Panthers pass on 2018 supplemental draft class

The Houston Texans cornerback cupboard is barer than it has been in a long time.

As a trailing defender, Beal will recognize the ball in the air late too often, rendering his ball skills useless as quarterbacks knew they could place it over his head for big plays. Teams interested in selecting one of the eligible players can "claim" them in one of the draft's seven rounds.

A Sporting News story lists more than half of the NFL's teams as potential participants, but not the Lions. If they were looking to take a developmental player, losing a third-round selection would make sense. In fact, this is the most loaded supplemental draft in recent memory.

Good question. It's kind of like the regular NFL draft (with some key differences), only it's for players who, for whatever reason, are not illegible to play college football any longer but had not entered the official draft.

Indianapolis is one of four teams reported to have met with Alexandria.

It's very likely we will see three defensive backs from this class selected. Arguably the best prospect to ever come through the supplemental draft, Western Michigan's Sam Beal is a feel-good story that should entice a team to move on from a 2019 draft pick for him in this year's draft.

Do teams have to make a pick?

Our friends over at NFLMocks.com have a great piece up on the supplemental draft and the prospects involved. That was a shame because it would have been the second selection of that round, number 57 overall.

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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. This year is different; there's three.

For instance, if the Chiefs put in a third-round bid for Beal, and Beal is awarded to the Chiefs, they would lose a third-round selection in 2019.

Beal was considered the cream of the crop and had been expected by many to perhaps go as high as the second round. It's a risk to spend a second-round pick in the supplemental draft. Last year, in his junior season, he intercepted two passes to go with ten breakups. Two players - Western Michigan CB Sam Beal and Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander - were chosen.

Browns fans are more familiar with this process than most teams.

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

Kosar, Humphrey and Moore are among the supplemental picks that worked out well for their teams, as was Navy offensive lineman Mike Wahle to Green Bay in 1998.

The NFL Supplemental Draft in 2018 features its deepest crop of players in over a decade. He could end up playing safety at the next level if his athleticism proves to be an issue. There are a few players who warrant a look or two. Longtime Steelers corner William Gay, 33, was signed this offseason, as were other free agent veterans Teddy Williams, Curtis Riley and B.W. Webb.

A third-round pick is a high price to pay for Beal, so the Giants nearly certainly envision he'll assume a meaningful role in 2018.

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