Jets to sign UDFA Brandon Bryant following Supplemental Draft
Jul 13 2018
Beal actually participated in the Broncos' spring practice in March, only to declare for the supplemental draft in early June when academic credit issues left his 2018 eligibility in question.
The Detroit Lions have not selected a player in the supplemental draft since 1982, and it doesn't appear the drought will end Wednesday.
Last year, a player like Beal might have been on the field pretty quickly for the Browns, but with the investment at the position, the Browns appear to be substantially improved, making it more hard for a player like Beal to crack the lineup. It's not televised and the order is determined more like the NBA Draft than the normal NFL Draft.
Beal is the highest player selected in the NFL's supplemental draft since the Browns used a second-round pick on Josh Gordon in 2012. It was in 1987 when they selected the only Hall of Fame player ever to be chosen in the Supplemental Draft in wide receiver Cris Carter. Why not keep going by making a splash in the usually quiet Supplemental Draft as well.
Beal is only the 44rd player taken in the supplemental draft since its inception in 1977.
Despite his lankier frame, Beal is rarely discarded by larger receivers, fighting through them to get his long arms in position at the catch point. They have a bidding system based on the grade of draft pick they are willing to give up in next year's draft in order to take a player in the supplemental draft.
Why He's Available: Ruled academically ineligible this spring. The Cleveland Browns have two picks in next year's third round. He had 125 tackles, seven interceptions and one sack in 32 games with the Hokies. Now, Alexander has failed multiple drug tests and is on probation after being cited for marijuana possession back in April. He is a consistent tackler who likely will have a role - or at least an opportunity for a role - on special teams in the NFL.
Farrell's take: Beal was a two-star athlete with one offer we know of out of high school despite having good size and athleticism. He has played heavier than that measured weight, so that is not much of a concern. He weighed 178 pounds at his pro day and his tackling was questionable on tape. He also had solid balls skills as well and solid instincts. If Beal goes to the right team, he could start this year. However, those numbers improved throughout his time at the college level, so perhaps it shows his best days are ahead.
The Colts were in attendance - along with the rest of the league - for Beal's pro day.