-by Alexander George
The New York Giants organization selected Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal in the third round of the Supplemental NFL Draft last Wednesday. With the pick, the Giants relinquish their 2019 third round NFL pick. College players picked in a supplemental draft are given a second chance to enter the NFL. To qualify for the Supplemental NFL Draft, a player has to be three years removed from high school and entering his final year of eligibility. Furthermore, he must be unable to return for his final season in college. For Beal, it was critical that he left for college a year early. He was probably not going to be able to acquire enough college credits to maintain his academic eligibility in his senior year, which would jeopardize his chances of being eligible in the 2019 NFL draft. Hence, his entry into the supplemental draft.
There were five players selected by the NFL to be in the supplemental draft. Besides Sam Beal, the list is as follows: Adonis Alexander (CB)Virginia Tech, selected by the Washington Redskins, Brandon Bryant (S) Mississippi State, undrafted free agent selected by the New York Jets, Martayveus Carter (RB) Grand Valley State and Bright Ugwoegbu (LB) Oregon State. Out of all of the players listed, the Giants organization felt that Beal would fit defensive coordinator’s Bettchner’s defense. The Western Michigan cornerback has good footwork, speed and ball awareness to become a potential top five corner back in the NFL someday. Although his run defense needs to improve, Beal is a tackling playmaker which enables him to potentially be an all-pro, man to man cover corner. His style of play in college can be compared to future Hall of Famer Darelle Revis.
The New York Giants feel confident that Sam Beal is the defensive cornerback of the future. He will be such a fixture in the organization, that they signed him to a four-year rookie contract within a day of the supplemental draft. General manager, Dave Gettleman, believes that they picked their 3rd round 2019 now with Beal. Gettlemen feels that the Giants need a young and talented prospect behind starters Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. And with Jenkins guaranteed money already paid and Apple entering the possibility of the last year of his rookie contract, provided that the fifth year option is not exercised, Sam Beal can be the replacement for either one of the starting quarterback. None of the other Giant defensive secondary players acquired through free agency in the off-season, who are mostly veteran or situational players, are contractually vested in the team for the long-term.
The acquisition of Sam Beal, through the supplemental draft, further solidifies the Giants secondary and at the same time fills the void left with Dominique Rodgers Cromartie’s release. As a junior, Beal was named Second-Team All-MAC with college statistics consisting of 92 tackles, in which 65 of those tackles were solo, 2 interceptions, 19 passes defensed and 1 forced fumble. On Beal’s personal pro day, in which all of the NFL team scouts were present, he clocked a 4.47 40 yard dash, a 37 inch vertical and 10-6 broad jump. The statistics recorded, which would be considered in the upper tier of cornerback at the 2018 combine, was too good for the Giants to pass up.
Although the Giants do have a need for an extra man to man cornerback, expect Sam Beal to be slowly inserted into the defense. Having missed mini-camp, Beal will have to perform well in rookie training camp, which starts on July 22nd, and the pre-season games to be considered for a legitimate shot as a back-up cornerback this season. However, he has the potential of being a long term impact player, as a defensive cornerback, on the Giants for years to come.