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NFL Network's Gil Brandt is hearing that one NFL team believes Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal would have been taken in the second round had he entered the 2018 NFL Draft. As a result of the delay, Brandt is hearing that Beal will likely be taken in the third round of the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft which takes place July 11.

For comparison, Iowa's Josh Jackson, North Carolina's MJ Stewart, LSU's Donte Jackson, Florida's Duke Dawson, Colorado's Isaiah Oliver and Auburn's Carlton Davis were the cornerbacks taken in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Brandt also noted that the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are two teams to watch as possible suitors for Beal because they have extra picks in Rounds Three and Four in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Beal had been declared academically ineligible for the upcoming college football season hence his decision to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft. He is expected to be the first prospect taken ahead of Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander, Mississippi State defensive back Brandon Bryant, Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu and Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter. At his Pro Day earlier this week, Beal ran a wind assisted 4.40 in the 40 yard dash as well as a 4.55 second 40 yard dash against the wind. The Michigan native added a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 6 inch broad jump as well. All 32 teams were present including Browns General Manager John Dorsey.

Beal was considered a first round talent in the 2019 NFL Draft. Bleacher Report mocked him to the Green Bay Packers No. 25 overall. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller recently reported that he is hearing Beal could be taken in the second round but the third round is more likely.

The Junior from Grand Rapids, Michigan had 26 tackles, two interceptions, ten pass deflections and a forced fumble last season. Western Michigan cornerback coach Nick Sanchez believes that Beal can be an asset to NFL teams.

"He's becoming what the NFL is looking for. A tall guy that can run and can play press coverage. We play press coverage here," Sanchez said.

The 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft is for prospects that missed the deadline or did not fit the criteria to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. The day essentially serves as a silent auction. Each NFL team submits their highest bid and the prospect goes to the highest bidder. The winning team forfeits that corresponding choice in the 2019 NFL Draft. For example, if the Dallas Cowboys submit a third round bid for a prospect then they would forfeit a third round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft if they receive the player. If multiple teams submit a bid of the same round, then the prospect goes to the team highest in the 2018 NFL Draft order, which is determined by the win-loss record from the previous season. The Cleveland Browns would have the first pick in each round and the Philadelphia Eagles would have the last.

Only 43 players have been taken in Supplemental Drafts since it was instituted in 1977. There is a limited history of selections recently. In 2011, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was taken in the third round by the Oakland Raiders. The Browns added former Baylor and Utah wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The only player taken since Gordon was Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, who was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in 2015. He has since moved on to the Seattle Seahawks.