*** This is a 2018 NFL Supplemental Mock Draft. Four players are in the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft:
Western Michigan CB Sam Beal
Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander
Mississippi State S Brandon Bryant
Oregon State LB Bright Ugwoegbu
Grand Valley State RB Martayveus Carter
Teams can bid on these players using their picks for the 2019 NFL Draft. So, for example, if Team X uses a third-round pick on Beal, it won't have its third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. This is a projection of which teams will select these four players and in what round. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***
Buffalo Bills: Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan
I posted an article on which teams could pick Sam Beal in the supplemental draft. I would also include the Browns in those teams. However, I get the feeling that the Bills will be the franchise to secure Beal in the third round. I have to think several teams will put in third-round bids for Beal, but Buffalo could have priority over the likes of the Patriots, Eagles and Chiefs.
Besides, there are reports that the Bills are interested in Beal. It makes sense, as they have a big hole at cornerback across from Tre'Davious White in the wake of E.J. Gaines' departure. Beal, whom we projected in the second round of our 2019 NFL Mock Draft, would be a minor steal in the third frame. Buffalo can afford to burn a third-rounder on Beal because it has two fourth-round selections.
It'll hurt Beal, as well as the other supplemental prospects, that he'll have missed OTAs, but he could develop into a starter by the middle of the season. He should be a solid cornerback; he has impressive ball skills, but could have some issues with deep speed.
Seattle Seahawks: Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech
Sam Beal is a lock to be taken in the supplemental draft. Adonis Alexander figures to be chosen as well. He's a stiff cornerback who struggles against quick-twitch receivers, but he's a big (6-2, 199), physical, long-armed defender.
There are certain teams that like corners such as Alexander, and one happens to be the Seahawks. Seattle lost two of the three Legion of Boom members already, and the third (Earl Thomas) is likely on his way out. The Seahawks must reload their secondary, and Alexander could emerge as a starter for them by the beginning of the 2019 season.
Alexander likely would've been a third-round pick had he entered the 2018 NFL Draft, so it would make sense for a team to bid a fifth-rounder on him.
New Orleans Saints: Brandon Bryant, S, Mississippi State
There might just be three players picked in the supplemental draft. Brandon Bryant is fringe-draftable, so a team believing it may not be able to land him as a UDFA could use a seventh-round selection on him.
Fourteen teams were present at Bryant's workout, and the Saints were one of them. New Orleans lost Kenny Vaccaro this offseason - though he's still unsigned - so it might be interested in Bryant, who ran a 4.45 40 and recorded a 10-3 broad jump. New Orleans typically takes athletic players, and Bryant qualifies.
San Francisco 49ers: Bright Ugwoegbu, LB, Oregon State
The 49ers used a third-round pick on BYU linebacker Fred Warner, but they could use another linebacker just in case Reuben Foster continues to get into trouble. Bright Ugwoegbu is a poor athlete - 4.97 40, 33-inch vertical - but the 49ers attended his workout and could be interested in bringing him in as an undrafted free agent.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Martayveus Carter, RB, Grand Valley State
Martayveus Carter nearly rushed for 2,000 yards in 2016, but he struggled this past season because of injuries. He doesn't have good receiving skills, so he'll be just an early-down backup if he makes an NFL roster.
The Steelers could add Carter as a UDFA. Le'Veon Bell is likely to hold out again, and the team's running back depth is lacking.