Giants snag touted cornerback in NFL's supplemental draft

Adonis Alexander will join the Redskins’ defensive backfield

The team is now projected to receive four compensatory picks next year, including two sixth-rounders, mitigating the risk even more. In fact, there could be as three players selected this season.

If you're unfamiliar with the way the supplemental draft works, here's how it goes. Teams earn placements in one of three groups based on overall record and playoff appearances. They owned the fourth pick in each round of the draft after a weighted lottery was performed before it began.

Should a player go undrafted, he is free to sign with any team. Teams can bid a future draft pick for a player and they will be awarded that player if no teams above them put in a bid first.

At least two national experts don't expect the Lions to participate in the draft.

Perhaps, the reason why the Texans haven't selected anyone in the supplemental draft since them is that neither turned out great. The other three players who were eligible - Mississippi State S Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State RB Marty Carter and Oregon State LB Bright Ugwoegbu - went undrafted and were rendered free agents and immediately able to sign with any interested National Football League team. Had Beal been part of the regular draft, he likely would have been one of the top cornerback prospects. If the Texans take the risk, Beal could reward it with years of solid play. That's why the Giants made the right move on pulling the trigger in the third round. Other CB needy teams like the Seahawks or a darkhorse like the Cowboys or Eagles could be a fit.

With that said, the prospects available in this year's class are mostly clean off the field and simply failed to meet academic standards of their college programs. He's good in coverage and has the length and speed to thrive in the NFL. The Houston Texans should bid a second-round pick on him.

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Sam Beal, the long, athletic MAC corner has been discussed as possibly going for as much as a second round pick with the Browns as one of the potential bidders.

Not the most physical player, Beal is effective enough in rerouting his man with his hands, doing so while maintaining a speed that most cornerbacks simply can not handle.

Alexander has always been a favorite of mine and he's a classic Seahawks-style cornerback (which makes Seattle a contender here too).

- What really matters: Bryant was ruled academically ineligible for 2018, and having already used his redshirt, he had no other alternative but to enter the Supplemental Draft. He did not test well at his Pro Day, recording a 4.95 40-yard dash and a 7.38 three-cone drill despite measuring only 6-1, 205 pounds.

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