Friday, 20 July, 2018


Three players most likely to be picked in NFL Supplemental Draft

Panthers pass on 2018 supplemental draft class NFL’s supplemental draft passes quietly for inactive Chiefs | The Kansas City Star
Noah Ferguson | 12 July, 2018, 09:56

After much talk and visiting several prospects on their pro days as the Kansas City Chiefs had, they came away from the 2018 National Football League supplemental draft empty-handed.

Will general manager Brian Gutekunst look to add talent to the roster in the NFL Supplemental Draft?

- Scouting report: A three-year starter for Oregon State, Ugwoebu played a safety/pass-rusher hybrid position, working against receivers and tight ends as well as attacking the edge. Sometimes, these prospects just missed the deadline for paperwork for the spring's draft, but typically some other kind of circumstance leads to the decision (academic ineligibility, off-field issues, etc.). That familiarity helped the Redskins in deciding whether or not to draft a player who was declared academically ineligible for his redshirt senior season. Arguably the best prospect to ever come through the supplemental draft, Western Michigan's Sam Beal is a feel-good story that should entice a team to move on from a 2019 draft pick for him in this year's draft. I think there will be multiple bids in the 3rd round for Beal, so a team like the Chiefs might lose out to a higher priority team like the Browns, Colts or Cardinals.

Those first 10 teams all submit blind bids if they wish to select any of the players in the current round. For some teams, his academic and off-field issues have made him a player on whom they'll pass.

In an attempt to bolster their secondary, the Washington Redskins are taking a chance on a talented but flawed defensive back.

On the eve of the draft, Alexander sent teams a clean drug test from this week, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, who added that Alexander had a marijuana-related arrest in 2016. Josh Gordon, Terrelle Pryor, and Hall of Famer Cris Carter are among the notable supplemental draft picks.

A third-round pick is a high price to pay for Beal, so the Giants nearly certainly envision he'll assume a meaningful role in 2018. But don't expect a new Colt to be announced tomorrow. The Texans have two second-round picks in 2019, their own and the Seahawks from the Duane Brown trade. Alexander gets a round 3/4 grade from me because of his upside, but a 40-yard dash near the 4.60 range hurts.

The Giants selected him with the third pick in the third round, one spot ahead of where the Browns likely would've selected him. Gordon has been very productive when on the field but has missed huge portions of his career due to off-field issues; he returned to the field past year after sitting out almost three seasons.

In his final season at Virginia Tech in 2017, Alexander recorded 27 tackles (two for loss) with two interceptions and one sack.

Beal also has good size (6-1, 178) and has the speed and athleticism new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus craves. They should certainly consider it and potentially bid a late-rounder for a guy like Beal - even though it won't be enough to get him - but anything more than a fifth-round pick should be out of the question.

Spending an early pick on a cornerback who won't play this season seems irresponsible, especially for a team that's going all in on winning a title next season. He's got a well-built frame at 5-11, 207 (usually listed a little heavier). He made a decision to return to school, but at the start of spring practice he was suspended indefinitely, and later declared for the Supplemental Draft.

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