Adonis Alexander isn’t the only intriguing player that will enter the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft. He will be accompanied by two other players who also may very well be drafted. Those players are Western Michigan CB Sam Beal and Mississippi State S Brandon Bryant, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Two more notable names expected to apply for entry to the NFL supplemental draft, per sources: former Mississippi State DB Brandon Bryant and former Western Michigan CB Sam Beal. Both have draftable talent.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 6, 2018
It’s a rare year to have any players worth using one of next year’s draft picks on, so having 3 players all in the secondary that would be worthy of drafting is extremely rare. Only 3 players (Terrelle Pryor, Josh Gordon, and Isaiah Battle) have been drafted in the supplemental draft since 2011 total, this year the NFL might match that number all in one draft.
Sam Beal is especially worthy of being drafted, he is even expected to have a pick within the top 3 rounds used on him. He is a talented cornerback who was high up on draft watch lists going into this season including being the 2nd ranked cornerback on WalterFootball.com for the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6’1, 195lb corner had 26 tackles, 2 interceptions, 10 passes defended and a forced fumble last season at Western Michigan.
Beal is considering entering the supplemental draft now because he had trouble with having the necessary amount of credits with his classes before being labeled ineligible. His coach Tim Lester told Yahoo Sports of Beal’s intentions to apply for the draft while also calling him a joy to coach.
“The bottom line is he was forced to make this decision,” coach Lester said. “His GPA isn’t bad. We did everything we could to try [to help him]. We made sure we did everything in his best interest. … He was a joy to coach. I wanted to coach him one more year. When it comes to talent and work ethic, he’s one of the best I’ve ever been around. I’m looking forward to watching him at the next level.”
As for Mississippi State’s Brandon Bryant, he is a physical marvel. He was clocked in the 40 yard dash as fast as 4.24, can deadlift 600lbs, and squat 450lbs even though he is just 5’11, 200lbs. The guy is a freakish athlete to say the least. Al Davis would have loved him for sure. He is ranked at number 18 on WalterFootball.com’s list of safeties to watch for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Bryant’s production last year of 32 tackles, 1 interception and 2 passes defended in 11 games wasn’t the best, but he does have a lot of raw potential. It’s hard for any coach to deny their ego the chance to prove that they can be the right coach to bring the best out of a player this athletic. Bryant did have a great freshman year with 63 tackles, 2 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 passes defended, and a touchdown in 13 games.
The 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft should actually be pretty interesting this year, because all three of these players have a good chance to be drafted. The date for the draft hasn’t been announced yet but it’s usually in mid-July. Any draft picks used in the Supplemental Draft are forfeited from the following year’s draft picks.
It will be fun to see if the Raiders decide to use any of their picks from next year on a player they could use this season.
Do you think the Raiders should consider either Sam Beal or Brandon Bryant? (Previous poll for Adonis Alexander had 45% draft, 55% pass)
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Draft Brandon Bryant
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Draft both Brandon Bryant and Sam Beal
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