Monday, 22 October, 2018

Minnesota Vikings not awarded a player in 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft

Former Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal runs through drills during his pro day on Thursday June 28 at Waldo Stadium Former Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal runs through drills during his pro day on Thursday June 28 at Waldo Stadium
Shannon Reynolds | 12 July, 2018, 04:15

The supplemental draft - which allows eligible players who did not declare for the spring NFL Draft to declare for the league before the season begins - will be held this Wednesday, July 11, at 1 p.m. ET.

Perhaps, the reason why the Texans haven't selected anyone in the supplemental draft since them is that neither turned out great.

A player's draft position also determines how much they will be paid in the NFL.

The Giants opted against selecting a defensive back in the 2018 draft, while free-agent signings William Gay and Teddy Williams will likely play reserve roles behind Eli Apple and Janoris Jenkins.

The Giants submitted a third-round bid for Sam Beal and landed the Western Michigan cornerback. Alexander was poised to return for his senior season but elected to leave school after being declared academically ineligible for the 2018 season. It's not televised and the order is determined more like the NBA Draft than the normal NFL Draft. The supplemental draft operates in tiers based on the previous season's record. In this particular case, the Chicago Bears fall in the first grouping. All the teams are sorted into 3 groups: (1) teams with six or fewer wins, (2) non-playoff teams with 7 wins and (3) playoff teams. If a team, especially a contender, spends a second round pick on him, I won't be mad.

With the selection of Beal, the Giants will forfeit their third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, leaving them with five total picks. Each group has its own lottery drawing to determine the order, which is decided shortly before the supplemental draft starts. Prior to this week, only one player - former Rams fifth-rounder Isaiah Battle - had been picked since Gordon.

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So why might the Colts change this narrative?

They really could use a young cornerback. That's a given. Cornerback is now a barren spot without much proven talent.

Alexander has that potential as well but is a very different style of prospect. He's 6'1 with good athleticism and speed, able to mirror wide receivers in press coverage and play physical without drawing too many penalties.

During his time at Virginia Tech, Alexander, 21, had a 2016 marijuana arrest and faced academic issues. In each of the last two years, the entire supplemental draft passed without any player being taken. 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. They are also in line for a 4 round selection via the compensatory route, thanks to Donte Moncrief signing with the Jaguars. Like Alexander, he can play a bit loose and give up early separation, but I think he has more ability to recover.

Beal's experience in both tight man and off man are valuable to teams. Should there be more than one team that places a bid in the same round, then the team with the higher selection in that round gets the player's rights.

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