Add in the fact the coaching staff is anything but certain beyond 2018 and using a 2019 draft asset on a player for 2018, which may then not fit a new coaching staff doesn't seem prudent. Tomlinson signed a three-year extension last month. But due to a lack of academic credits, Beal's senior season was in jeopardy.
Players may be granted eligibility into the supplemental draft for various reasons, though the most common are for academic ineligibility or dismissal from their college team for the upcoming season.
At least two national experts don't expect the Lions to participate in the draft.
There are three players available as free agents following the 2018 National Football League supplemental draft, including safety Brandon Bryant of Mississippi State. The NFL Supplemental Draft takes place today at 12 noon CT. They emphasized acquiring picks for the NFL Draft, so it would be shocking to see them part with one of those picks to take a player in the supplemental draft.
So the question now becomes whether the Rams should submit a bid on any of the three players. In 1988, Minnesota used a fifth-round draft pick to acquire SC wide receiver Ryan Bethea and haven't utilized the system to add another player since. He's a tall defender at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, but he doesn't necessarily have the long downfield speed to hang with faster receivers in the pros.
Miller himself believes Beal is not only a legitimate prospect but perhaps the best supplemental draft talent to come along in several years.
The Cleveland Browns have had some success in the supplemental draft. It's not known whether Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins' recent incident involving an acquaintance who was murdered at his residence - Jenkins' brother has been charged with manslaughter - had any bearing on the Beal selection.
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.
The Player: Beal is another corner with good size and length, measuring at nearly 6-1 and 178 pounds with over a 72-inch wingspan.
As a recruit: Alexander picked up a number of offers, but when Virginia Tech joined his list the Hokies quickly jumped to the front of the line. If multiple teams put in a bid in the same round, the player goes to the team with the highest pick.
Is this Sam Beal guy any good?The Houston Texans should bid a second-round pick on him.
The 49ers in 2019 have their picks in Rounds 1-4 and Round 6.
There have been eight players who entered the league as first-round picks in the Supplemental Draft, a lot of them quarterbacks and most during the 1980s.
The Texans, however, are primed to make a splash in the supplemental draft.