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Minnesota Vikings not awarded a player in 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft

12 July, 2018, 07:58 | Author: John Swanson
  • Adonis Alexander will join the Redskins’ defensive backfield

Wide receiver Cris Carter is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame player to come from the supplemental draft.

In a supplemental draft profile, NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks touted Alexander's ability to "smother receivers at the line of scrimmage" and "routinely pin receivers to the sideline with the ball in the air to minimize the target area for the quarterback on downfield throws". He told NFL.com that he has been working on his maturity and growing up over the previous year. The risk with Beal is that he ran into academic issues in college that forced him to declare for the draft.

At least two national experts don't expect the Lions to participate in the draft. Sam Beal of Western Michigan and Adonis Alexander of Virginia Tech, both high-upside cornerbacks, are expected to be claimed within the first four rounds of the Supplemental Draft, likely making them the highest players selected since the Browns took Josh Gordon in 2012 with a second-round pick.

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Most teams don't use very high picks on players due to the nature of these players' availability typically coming from some type of off-field issue.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report says help might be on the way, however, in the form of a rare asset: a useful pick in the NFL's supplemental draft. But when the Giants selected him today in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft, they forfeited their choice in that round in the 2019 draft.

This means the Broncos stand a pretty good chance of winning a "bid" for a player should they choose to submit one in any given round. These players made a decision to submit paperwork for the Supplemental Draft rather than sit out the season or transfer to a lower level of competition. Beal has more trouble dealing with receivers going inside on him, but his recovery speed is good and he's able to make up ground and break on plays.

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There is no guarantee that any of this year's eligible players will be selected in the draft. Bryant missed spring practice for academic reasons and elected to enter the supplemental draft late in the spring. Kansas City might take Beal in the second round or hope Alexander falls to the fourth.

Washington now has drafted five Virginia Tech defenders since 2015, including Alexander's Hokies teammates DT Tim Settle (Round 5) and CB Greg Stroman (Round 7), back in April. The rising senior is undersized at 6-1, 205 pounds and did not test well at his pre-draft workout. 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 a year ago after sitting out almost three seasons. He does not have major character red flags other than basic maturity and motivational question marks, both of which could be extinguished upon entering the NFL. The Bucs grabbed him for a third-round pick.

The Texans, however, are primed to make a splash in the supplemental draft. That's seven corners, not including undrafted free agents.

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Based on what he's put on tape, production and athletic testing, Beal could potentially go in the second round of a normal draft.

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