NFL Supplemental 2018 Draft – Giants and Redskins Select Cornerbacks
NFL Supplemental 2018 Draft
Frank Coyle/Head Scout – DraftInsiders.com
The NFL held the annual NFL Supplemental 2018 Draft Wednesday with two players selected, the most since 2010.
The NY Giants selected cornerback Sam Beal of Western Michigan in the 3rd round while the Washington Redskins added cornerback Adonis Alexander of Virginia Tech in the 6th round.
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Three other players were eligible for the supplemental draft, but were not selected. Safety Brandon Bryant of Mississippi St, RB Martayveus Carter of Grand Valley St and LB Bright Ugwoegbu of Oregon St went undrafted and are now free agents who are eligible to sign with any NFL team.
The two drafted cornerbacks address pressing issues on both the Giants and Redskins. Both prospects are big agile defenders from the D1 level. The Giants have little depth behind starters Eli Apple and Janoris Jenkins and both players had issues last season including short suspensions.
Beal is a big agile cover man with quickness and ball instincts. Displays nifty footwork and above-average twitch to plant and drive out of his backpedal. Inconsistent at reading the QB to anticipate when to jump routes. Displays good recovery speed when he reads routes properly. Capable of playing in multiple sets once he settles into the Giants scheme. He matches up well with big receivers and wins many jump ball situations. He will press for time in the nickel and dime packages this season and carries a starting corner grade with a high level of development to be a quality early starter.
Alexander is a huge corner who started as a true freshman and finished with 14 career starts, though only two in 2017. Great length with adequate hip flexibility and closing speed. Better zone defender than man coverage. Possible conversion to safety in time. Looks to settle into the package coverage units and better on the outside vs possession receivers. He will have to impress on special teams coverage units and he has the makeup to compete for a gunner role in training camp.