Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Supplemental Draft may provide answers at cornerback

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Supplemental Draft may provide answers at cornerback

Nearly every team in the league has made a Supplemental Draft pick at some point in its history, since the process first began in 1977, but few have gone back to the well often.

A team interested in a player must submit a blind bid - listing the round it would select the player - and the team highest in the draft order with the earliest-round bid gets the player.

There is no guarantee that any of this year's eligible players will be selected in the draft. That team then loses a selection in the same round in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.

The Western Michigan prospect does not come with off-field concerns like other players that have come through the Supplemental Draft. Kevin Johnson had his fifth-year option picked up but, he's been hurt frequently and plays too inconsistently. So, he made a decision to change his plans and enter the supplemental draft. There are a few players who warrant a look or two.

Bryant, 22, was absolutely snubbed during the supplemental draft on Wednesday that showcased only two selections: Adonis Alexander to the Washington Redskins and Sam Beal to the New York Giants.

Beal is the most pro-ready player of the three and had he been in the 2018 NFL Draft, he likely would've been ranked among the top cornerbacks in the class.

Why He's Available: Ruled academically ineligible this spring.


Alexander (6-2, 195) was considered a candidate for San Francisco because of his rare size and length for the position.

Alexander finished his Virginia Tech career with 91 tackles, seven interceptions and a forced fumble.

Along with the academic issues, Alexander was also arrested on a charge of marijuana possession in 2016. Players at least three years removed from high school can petition the National Football League to be included. The Broncos are in the first tier of teams having finished past year as the fifth-worst team in the entire league.

A good athlete, Beal does have some flaws. He's a fantastic athlete, as shown by his Pro Day testing, and with added time for preparation might have been even more impressive.

Beal and Alexander figure to interest Indianapolis the most. Beal has impressive recovery speed and ball skills to match.

The question on Beal is his strength, according to one scout familiar with the prospect. An aggressive tackler who is best in short-area and in zone coverage, Bryant is limited vertically in coverage and does not play with great hip control after leaving his pedal. I don't think he gets out of Round 5. He is tough against the run and has really good closing burst when getting to the ball. Beal stands 6-foot-1 but has a lean build at 178 pounds. He is known to be more of an outside runner who struggles running between the tackles, perhaps due to both vision and strength.

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