EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants’ 2019 third-round draft choice will be in the team’s training camp in two weeks.
Technically, Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal is not a member of next year’s draft class. But when the Giants selected him today in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft, they forfeited their choice in that round in the 2019 draft.
“We feel like we’re getting our third-round pick now,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “We discussed it at length yesterday, and had a great conversation. We basically had a draft meeting in the office, with people on the speaker phone who had seen him. It was a very thorough conversation.”
Beal is the Giants’ first supplemental draft selection since 1994, when they chose safety Tito Wooten from Northeast Louisiana in the fourth round. Beal was the 44th player selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft since its inception in 1977.
A 6-1, 177-pounder, Beal played three seasons at Western Michigan. He started 23 of 37 games and concluded his career with 96 tackles (68 solo), two interceptions and 21 passes defensed.
“We’re very, very excited about getting Sam in the draft,” Gettleman said. “He’s long, he’s very athletic for a corner, he has all the physical skills, he can carry the vertical, he has very good play speed, he shows instincts out there, he has ball awareness, he doesn’t panic when the ball is thrown at his guy, and he is a very willing tackler. We just feel it gives us a really talented young kid with the ability to ascend.”
In 2017, Beal started all 11 games in which he played and had 26 tackles, a career-high 12 pass breakups, and both of his interceptions. His first career interception was in the season opener at USC on Sept. 2. The quarterback whose pass he intercepted was Sam Darnold, the third overall selection of the 2018 draft.
The previous season, Beal played in 14 games with 12 starts and had a career-high 55 tackles (39 solo), plus eight passes defensed.
Beal joins a group of cornerbacks that includes 2016 Pro Bowler Janoris Jenkins, 2016 first-round draft choice Eli Apple, as well as Donte Deayon, William Gay, Teddy Williams, Chris Lewis-Harris, and B.W. Webb, among others.
Beal was a sports medicine major at Western Michigan. He played offense and defense at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Mich.
*To create space on the roster for Beal, the Giants waived cornerback Kenneth Durden, who was signed on June 11.