Panthers pass on 2018 supplemental draft class

Former Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal runs through drills during his pro day on Thursday June 28 at Waldo Stadium

Former Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal runs through drills during his pro day on Thursday June 28 at Waldo Stadium

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 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback is considered the best talent to enter the Supplemental Draft since Josh Gordon.

The supplemental draft, in existence since 1977, provides an opportunity for players who did not enter their name in the regular draft, held in April.

A pair of cornerbacks - Western Michigan's Sam Beal and Virginia Tech's Adonis Alexander - top the list and are likely to be selected.

Once the draft order is set with all three groups, each team makes their bid (s) to Roger Goodell with each player they are interested in and what round they want that player. They still have all their other remaining picks in next year's draft, except for in Round 7, trading their own original pick and acquiring the Rams' choice. The first group has all the teams with six wins or less. On Supplemental Draft Day, all 32 teams decide whether or not they will place blind bids on any of the prospects available.

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One or two teams could pad those totals this year, however, perhaps even the Buccaneers. I think there will be multiple bids in the 3rd round for Beal, so a team like the Chiefs might lose out to a higher priority team like the Browns, Colts or Cardinals.

We had pinpointed Alexander as a possible mid-round target for the Panthers but he wound up going to Washington in the sixth round, per Matt Miller at Bleacher Report.

The Buccaneers, meanwhile, haven't picked in the Supplemental Draft since 1987, when they took Miami defensive tackle Dan Sileo. Although he tallied five career interceptions as a Bulldog, he snagged three of those picks in 2015 and didn't make much of an impact after his initial success.

Not selected were Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter and Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu. 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. Two players were taken, which hasn't happened since 2010. Beal is tall and he can run, which is shown on tape, but confirmed at pro day. The fact he could doesn't mean he should as he's far closer to a third or fourth round prospect, but desperation and the lack of options might make what is normally a pretty conservative process have teams be more aggressive with Beal. The Raiders selected Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft and Pryor has since converted to receiver and had a big year for the Browns in 2016.

The previous season, Beal played in 14 games with 12 starts and had a career-high 55 tackles (39 solo), plus eight passes defensed.

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