Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Supplemental Draft may provide answers at cornerback

Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal could be a player selected in the 2018 Supplemental Draft

Unlike most years, the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft is actually a good one.

The Supplemental Draft consists of a handful of players who did not enter April's player selection meeting. Beal and Alexander played corner at Western Michigan and Virginia Tech, respectively.

In the case of Beal, he has been declared academically ineligible for the 2018 season. After looking like a potential high draft pick, he took a step back in 2017, playing in just eight games and recording 27 tackles and one interception. The supplemental draft operates in tiers based on the previous season's record. After that group comes the other teams who failed to make the postseason, and then the 12 playoff teams from 2017 round out the draft order.

The supplemental draft will take place on Wednesday at 11 AM MT, with a predetermined order that is not known by the teams. Was the price of a 3rd round pick in the 2019 draft expensive?

If a team bids a first round pick and they are awarded the player, they will lose the corresponding selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. Josh Gordon, Terrelle Pryor, and Hall of Famer Cris Carter are among the notable supplemental draft picks. Louis Rams used a fifth-round pick on Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, that is expected to change this year. There is a hodgepodge of cornerback talent on the roster after Jenkins and Apple.

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We are now just 60 days away from the Green Bay Packers' regular season opener, and just 16 days away from the start of training camp. Yes, you have Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston as young guys. He was already touted as the best cornerback of the 2019 class and National Football League teams will be itching to get him on board a year ahead of schedule. For Washington, which had depth concerns outside, the risk in forfeiting next year's sixth-rounder was worth it in their minds. There are off-field issues with Alexander (like nearly all Supplemental draft players), as Alexander had issues with academics throughout his college career and a marijuana arrest. With Beal, who had academic issues at Western Michigan, he appears to be more talented than Alexander.

Alexander, on the other hand, may need to switch from corner to safety in the NFL.

In a year or two, perhaps the Giants will look back on the gamble they took Wednesday and nod in approval.

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. They are also in line for a 4 round selection via the compensatory route, thanks to Donte Moncrief signing with the Jaguars. Robinson never played in the NFL.

Of course, there's off-the-field questions about both Alexander and Beal that have to be answered.

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