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Bucs Usually Quiet in Supplemental Draft

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Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2018, 07:57

In most years, the supplemental draft comes and goes without much buzz.

However, that doesn't mean that other franchises haven't acquired some great players through the Supplemental Draft.

At least two national experts don't expect the Lions to participate in the draft. Such is the case with Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, whom the Giants selected with a third-round pick on Wednesday.

Others in the supplemental draft are Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu and Grand Valley State running back Marty Carter.

Most teams don't use very high picks on players due to the nature of these players' availability typically coming from some type of off-field issue. With three defensive backs potentially getting selected in Wednesday's draft, teams will have the chance to add a legitimate Day 1 starter in the middle of July - something that nearly never happens. That team then loses a selection in the same round in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.

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For a team to get a player, they must send in a round they would take that prospect. Cleveland won Josh Gordon in the 2012 Supplemental Draft, and back in 1985 the Browns scored Bernie Kosar with a first-round pick in that year's edition. The Giants got good value by taking Beal. He gives NY a strong third option behind Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. The Texans have two second-round picks in 2019, their own and the Seahawks from the Duane Brown trade.

Alexander (6-2, 195) was considered a candidate for San Francisco because of his rare size and length for the position. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at his pro day with a 10-foot, 3-inch broad jump. He's 6'1 with good athleticism and speed, able to mirror wide receivers in press coverage and play physical without drawing too many penalties. He was a two-year starter at Western Michigan and finished his college career with 92 tackles and two interceptions - the first against USC and new Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. Bryant is an aggressive alley player who is not afraid to come downhill and square up a ball carrier as a tackler.

In the sixth round, the Redskins selected Virginia Tech defensive back Adonis Alexander, meaning the Browns did not bid on him in that round, even though they expressed some interest. He chose to return to school, but at the start of spring practice he was suspended indefinitely, and later declared for the Supplemental Draft. For a team with answers on both outside roles, the concern is understandable. If multiple teams submit bids, the player goes to the highest bidder, according to a slotted lottery system that breaks up teams into three different groups: non-playoff teams with six or fewer wins, non-playoff teams with more than six wins and playoff teams.

Let's take a look at five teams who might target the former Hokie come Wednesday. The Houston Texans should bid a second-round pick on him.