Former Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, the most highly touted member of a four man 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft class, worked out on Thursday in front of NFL scouts and team personnel. Representatives from all 32 teams were present, per The Browns Wire and The Lions Wire managing editor Jeff Risdon.
After being ruled academically ineligible for the 2018 season — what would’ve been his senior year — Beal joined Adonis Alexander and Brandon Bryant as prospects available in next month’s Supplemental Draft. Viewed as NFL-ready prospect after registering two interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 2017, Beal chose to stay in school for a final year and was expected to be a high draft pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
A wiry, athletic cornerback with good size who excels in man coverage, Beal possesses the physical tools to transition from a shutdown corner in college to a similarly effective defender in the NFL. Beal tested well at his workout on Thursday, although it’s worth noting his weight doesn’t reflect what he plays at: He’s listed as 195 pounds by the Broncos and appears to be in the 185-195 range on the field.
While it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Seattle Seahawks are doing their due diligence on a prospect, especially during the personnel side’s downtime, Beal is expected to be the highest Supplemental Draft selection since the Cleveland Browns used a second round pick on wide receiver Josh Gordon in 2012. Should they be interested, it’s unlikely Seattle’s able to (or would want to) outbid cornerback-needy teams with a surplus of day two selections in 2019, such as the Browns or Buffalo Bills. However, another cornerback in the Supplemental Draft, Adonis Alexander, could still draw their interest on July 11 should they be looking to add one more defender to a secondary in transition.