Friday, 22 February, 2019

49ers don't add any players through supplemental draft

Adonis Alexander will join the Redskins’ defensive backfield Adonis Alexander will join the Redskins’ defensive backfield
Kristopher Love | 12 July, 2018, 15:41

Gordon has been very productive when on the field but has missed huge portions of his career due to off-field issues; he returned to the field a year ago after sitting out almost three seasons. In 2002, the Texans selected OG Milford Brown from Florida State in the 6th round.

The Redskins lose a sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft by selecting Alexander, but the team expects to add two compensatory sixth-rounders in 2019 based on free agency losses. He's expected to start opposite second-year player Ahkello Witherspoon.

For instance, one of the most notable and successful guys in recent memory is Josh Gordon. Players enter the supplemental draft if they did not declare for the regular National Football League draft, but are eligible to enter the National Football League, usually because of a change in their college status or based on off-field issues.

Brandon Bryant didn't have to wait long to be acquired after being passed over in Wednesday's supplemental draft. There is simply nothing bad that jumps out at you about him. The Giants now have more talent in a secondary that underwhelmed last season and was plagued by discipline issues, including multiple suspensions under former head coach Ben McAdoo. But, he's not just an athlete. He plays with outstanding ball skills and strength as a tackler. His sophomore year he collected eight pass breakups. The interceptions came previous year, when he also had 10 passes defended, forced a pair of fumbles and had 3.0 tackles for loss.

This year's draft will begin at 1 p.m. ET. But, he opted to stay in school so he could graduate. He wouldn't hear from the NCAA until right before the season started.

Why should the Houston Texans target him?

There is, however, one player pool into which the Buccaneers have not dipped in a very long time.

When groups are established, a modified lottery decides the draft order for each group. The more likely scenario would be to trade one of them and the player that stands out in that situation is E.J. Gaines. If Beal embraces more contact and finds a consistent approach to man coverage, the sky is truly the limit for this supplemental prospect. If no other team bids a second-round pick, that team gets the player. The Browns had the fourth pick in each round behind the Raiders, Jets, and Giants. If they were looking to take a developmental player, losing a third-round selection would make sense. The team needs help at corner.

And while the Colts have never claimed a player in the supplemental draft, this year's group could be quite enticing to general manager Chris Ballard and his staff.

Any investment in Beal or Alexander would be an indicator the Broncos believe either player has a chance of starting sooner rather than later and they're willing to give up a very important asset to bring them aboard.

During his freshman season, Alexander recorded 55 tackles with six passes defensed and four interceptions. That turn of events angered several other teams and directly led to a change in the way the Supplemental Draft is conducted.

Alexander and Beal are potentially worth the risk.