Albert Breer On NFL Supplemental Draft

This year’s supplemental draft figures to be the most exciting in years. Those who have been keeping up with Pro Football Rumors in recent weeks are already familiar with Sam Beal, the former Western Michigan cornerback who many say could have been a first-round pick in the 2019 draft. Besides Beal, there’s also former Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander to consider, a player with tremendous measurables and real NFL upside.

There are others in this year’s class, but Albert Breer of The MMQB hears that Beal and Alexander may wind up as the only players selected. That’s bad news for Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, who recently drew 40 scouts to his pro day.

He’s a nightmare discipline-wise,” one AFC college director said. “Very unreliable, plays outside the scheme, not reliable in coverage, his eyes are all over the place. Just can’t trust him. He’s physical and quick and fast. Should he be draftable? Sure. But with all the other stuff …

The odds seem even dimmer for Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu and Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter. Although he has some starting experience in college, Ugwoegbu has the size of the safety and clocked in at his pro day with the speed of a defensive tackle. Carter’s size is also working against him as evaluators feel he does not have the necessary bulk to break tackles and run inside at the pro level.

So, while Bryant, Ugwoegbu, and Carter may have a hard time convincing teams to forfeit a 2019 draft pick for them, it sounds like Beal and Alexander are very much on the radar. Beal may have some maturity issues, but that shouldn’t prevent him from finding an NFL home on July 11.

He’s the more talented cover guy [compared to Alexander],” said an AFC scouting director. “A pure cover guy, fits a lot of schemes. He’s a skinny dude, and even though he presses well, you look at his body, how well does he project? … He’s not a bad guy, just kind of a knucklehead. The kind who’ll wear the wrong color socks or miss curfew or have 25 parking tickets and not pay them off.”

Meanwhile, Breer hears that Alexander’s size could make him a fit for the Seahawks. His 40-yard-dash time at his pro day might not have helped him, as he clocked in at 4.50 seconds on one run and 4.60 on another.

If he’d run faster, I wouldn’t have been shocked to see him in the second or third round,” said an NFC exec. “I think the absolute highest he’d go now is third round. He’s so big and long.”

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5 comments on “Albert Breer On NFL Supplemental Draft

  1. Sheep8

    How does the draft actually work? Does it goes from 32-1 again…with the Browns having the first pick in the first round, then decide to pass until eventually the Seahawks in round 4 decide to select Alexander for instance?

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    • DaveP

      Weighted system kind of like NBA lottery except with – 3 groups (Teams 6 wins but missed playoffs, Playoff teams).After lottery determines order, teams submit names of players they want and what round they would select them. Highest “bid” gets the player. If a team “wins the bid” they lose that round’s draft pick in the next full draft.

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      • ChiTownFanTilDeath

        Thx for the clarification. What happens to a player who has qualified for the Supplemental Draft but doesn’t get selected at all, is this player now eligible for the actual ’19 draft? For example if Carter doesn’t get picked up, is he able for ’19? Or at any point going forward after the Supplemental Draft?

        Thx in advance.

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        • DaveP

          Any player that goes undrafted, immediately becomes a free agent.

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