The 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft is tomorrow July 11th at 1:00 PM EST and for the first time in years it looks like we could see plenty of action. That is we haven’t had a player claimed since 2015 when Clemson OT Isaiah Battle was taken in the 5th round by the then St. Louis Rams. In our preview we’ll take a look at how the Supplemental Draft works and then preview and rank the five players that are eligible.
How Does the NFL Supplemental Draft Work?
Unlike the normal NFL Draft where teams have set time limits to make their picks teams submit claims to where they would want to take that player. The whole process takes less than an hour. If a team submits for example a third round pick and they win that claim, the team would then forfeit their third round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. If a player is not claimed they become a free agent and are free to sign with any team of their choosing.
2018 NFL Supplemental Draft Preview
There are five players that have been granted eligibility for the Supplemental Draft. What we’ll do is rank these five players while providing information about each one.
1. Sam Beal CB Western Michigan
— NFL Draft Geek (@NFLDraftGeek) June 8, 2018
Height: 6’1 Weight: 196
Summary: Sam Beal is the cream of this crop and widely considered the best prospect to go into the Supplemental Draft since the likes of Josh Gordon. Now Beal is not considered the level of prospect that Gordon is or even Terrelle Pryor who also went in the second round of the Supplemental Draft, but there have been rumors that Beal has may be getting some second or third round bids. I’m not ready to go that far as Beal has some flaws in his game that would have him in that area in a normal draft. For more information on Beal’s traits, fit and projection make sure to check out our scouting report on him.
Projected Claim: 4th Round
2. Adonis Alexander CB Virginia Tech
— NFL Draft Geek (@NFLDraftGeek) June 3, 2018
Height: 6’2 Weight: 195
Summary: The troubled cornerback was a part of a talented Hokies secondary but was clearly the best athlete of the group. Blessed with good size and athletic traits he had all the makings of a top end corner if he could develop his technique. Any team that plays primarily press man coverage should be interested in Alexander. To learn more about Alexander’s traits, what type of player he is and his projection, check out our scouting report on him.
Projected Claim: 5th Round
3. Brandon Bryant S Mississippi State
— NFL Draft Geek (@NFLDraftGeek) July 10, 2018
Height: 5’11 Weight: 207
Summary: Bryant is a undersized but physical safety who flies to the ball looking to make big plays. He’s been a three year starter for the Bulldogs who reported a 4.24 40 by the team but put in a 4.45 at his Pro Day. To learn more about Bryant’s traits, fit and projection check out his scouting profile.
Projected Claim: 7th Round
4. Martayveus Carter RB Grand Valley State
Height: 5’11 Weight: 202
Summary: Carter did not hold a Pro Day prior to the Supplemental Draft which combined with a lack of elite traits and coming from a Division II school the likelihood of him being claimed is low. Now this doesn’t mean that Carter doesn’t have talent as in his sophomore season he lead Division II in both rushing yards and touchdowns earning Offensive Player of the Year honors. His junior season he struggled to repeat his production and failed to rush for a thousand yards. Carter looks to have good lateral quickness and speed for the Division II level, but I’m not sure that translates to the NFL.
Projected Claim: Unclaimed
5. Bright Ugwoegbu OLB Oregon State
Height: 6’0 Weight: 205
Summary: Ugwoegbu played a pass rushing linebacker for the Beavers, but at 6’0 205 he has to move off the ball but still has the size of a safety. You would think at his size that he would have the speed and quickness to beat bigger offensive tackles but instead he had only 8 sacks and 126 tackles over three years. Even moving to an off the ball linebacker could be a question as Ugwoegbu posted horrible numbers at his pro day. A 4.97, 33 inch vertical leap and 9’6″ broad jump are all below average at best numbers for the position. At this point Ugwoegbu doesn’t have the athletic traits or even the production that would make you think he could contribute in the NFL.
Projected Claim: Unclaimed