In a somewhat rare circumstance, this year’s NFL Supplemental Draft could have a few talented names on the board. While the Jets made quite a few huge investments this offseason, their work might not be over just yet.
Let’s break down the two names that have applied for the Supplemental Draft that would make the most sense for Todd Bowles’ defense.
Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan
Weight: 190 lbs.
Beal is a long, physical corner that does an excellent job of disrupting receiver’s routes at the line of scrimmage. He was built to play in man coverage and does a good job of tracking the ball in the air to make a play on passes.
In short, that’s the exact type of profile Todd Bowles looks for in his starting cornerbacks on the outside. Keep in mind that this is a team that just gave Trumaine Johnson a lot of money in free agency, as a perfect scheme fit to excel in front of the young safety duo of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
I watched a lot of Sam Beal last year because I thought he would declare. Came away impressed – length/physicality/tracking…have a feeling a few teams will submit a 3 for him in supplemental draft pic.twitter.com/MkSMmQsao1
— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) June 7, 2018
Beal had the talent to be a top 64 selection in this year’s draft class, which was not lacking talent at the cornerback position. He opted to stay, but now in a bit of a stunning turn of events has applied for the supplemental draft.
I expect multiple teams to submit a third round selection for him, with a two being the absolute ceiling. The Jets are without a second rounder for next year, making it a very interesting decision if they opt to submit their third.
With that being said a secondary of Trumaine Johnson, Mo Claiborne, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye could become scary good with the addition of a player like Beal.
Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech
Weight: 207 lbs.
While Sam Beal is in the waiting phase, Adonis Alexander is officially in the Supplemental Draft. Much like Beal, he’s another physical man cover defender who was quite solid on a talented Hokies defense.
He had plans to go back to school to finish his degree, a promise he made to his parents (although boosting his draft stock would have also helped too), but has run into academic trouble.
6'2-6'3 length can go a long way from the trail position. Adonis Alexander is hard to drop in the bucket over. pic.twitter.com/xHmpxT9LFW
— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) June 4, 2018
While the grades aren’t a major red flag to NFL teams, he has a suspension on his resume for marijuana possession in the past. On the field he can be overaggressive in coverage and like most players his size, fluidity will be a question mark.
With that being said his size profile and impressive tape is well worth taking a flyer on. I expect multiple teams to submit 6th round picks for him, but a corner needy unit may even be willing to go higher.
Unlike Beal, this is one the Jets should probably pass on. They have their own developmental corner in a similar mold in Rashard Robinson who they just traded a fifth round pick for last season.
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