1. The Giants chose Western Michigan’s Sam Beal in the third-round of the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft. The 6-foot-1, 177-pound cornerback is the first player taken in the supplemental draft since 2015, and it’s the first time the Giants have made a selection since 1994 (Tito Wooten). Beal is only the 44th player taken since the inception of the supplemental draft in 1977.
2. As a junior in 2017, Beal made 22 tackles with 2.0 tackles for a loss and a pair of interceptions, to go along with 10 pass breakups. He earned All-MAC second-team honors. His first career interception came against the University of Southern California’s Sam Darnold. In three seasons for the Broncos (two as a starter), Beal totaled 92 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and two interceptions.
3. Beal recorded a 4.47 40-yard dash, 37-inch vertical and 10’6“ broad jump at his pro day this year. According to Pro Football Focus, Beal allowed the lowest passer rating in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) on throws into coverage in 2017.
4. By selecting Beal, the Giants will forfeit their third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He is one of two players selected this year – the Washington Redskins took Virginia Tech defensive back Adonis Alexander in Round 6. Three other players entered, but were not selected. They were Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter and Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu.
5. According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, Beal, 21, is considered the best prospect available in the supplemental draft since the Cleveland Browns selected wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.
* Beal hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he attended Ottawa Hills High School and played offense and defense.