A pair of NFC East teams tried to corner the market Wednesday by participating in the NFL’s annual supplemental draft.
Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, widely considered the best prospect available in a small group of eligible players, was selected by the New York Giants in Round 3. The Washington Redskins later grabbed Virginia Tech corner Adonis Alexander in the sixth round.
An athletic 6-1, 187-pounder, Beal should immediately compete for snaps in nickel packages for New York alongside Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. Beal’s 4.5 speed and man-to-man skills should be a nice asset against pass-heavy divisional opponents like the Eagles and Redskins. He intercepted two passes in 2017.
Alexander is a massive (6-3, 207) corner who could match up nicely against receivers like Philadelphia’s Alshon Jeffery or Giants tight Evan Engram. Alexander had seven INTs in three seasons for the Hokies, but struggled with academics, was caught using marijuana in 2016 and suspended two games in 2017 for violating team rules. Still, his arrival could help offset the loss of former Tech teammate Kendall Fuller, whom the Redskins traded to Kansas City in the deal to acquire quarterback Alex Smith.
By taking Beal and Alexander, the Giants and Redskins will forfeit third- and sixth-round selections in the 2019 NFL draft, respectively.
Other players eligible in Wednesday’s draft were Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter and Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu, but none were picked.
The supplemental draft serves players whose circumstances have changed — academic ineligibility would be one example — subsequent to the primary draft held every April. Cris Carter, Bernie Kosar, Brian Bosworth, Rob Moore and Josh Gordon are among the prominent players who have entered the league via the supplemental draft over the years.
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