The Giants signed supplemental draft choice Sam Beal, according to a team announcement. The Giants selected the former Western Michigan cornerback with their third-round pick in last week’s second chance draft.
The Giants have yet to sign two of their draft picks, including No. 2 overall selection Saquon Barkley, but they didn’t have any real hangups in getting Beal to sign. Beal will play under a four-year rookie deal with a salary to match the equivalent slot in the 2018 draft.
The supplemental draft hasn’t been a major event in the NFL in recent years, but Beal’s potential had scouts buzzing. Many expected Beal to be in the first round conversation in 2019 had he stayed in school. Instead, Beal opted to go pro one year early and the Giants were happy to pounce on him.
By selecting Beal, the Giants fortified a cornerback group that is without Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Giants did not take a cornerback in the spring draft, Beal gives them a young and talented prospect behind starters Eli Apple and Janoris Jenkins. Meanwhile, the arrival of Beal will put pressure on the Giants’ other reserve corners, a group that includes free agent additions William Gay, Teddy Williams, and B.W. Webb plus holdover Donte Deayon.
One Giants beat writer thinks that Beal won’t be able to make a real impact until the second half of the season, at the earliest. Time will tell whether Beal can get caught up on the playbook quickly and make a difference in the fall.
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