The 2018 Supplemental Draft was held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
Every player in the supplemental draft comes with baggage.
Beal, 21, declared for the draft this spring because his academic eligibility was up in the air. Typically, college players who have been ruled ineligible for next season after the regular draft enter the supplemental draft.
At least two national experts don't expect the Lions to participate in the draft.
Beal and Alexander figure to interest Indianapolis the most. Whichever team places the highest bid on a specific player gets the rights to draft him.
So, for instance, if Indianapolis bid on Alexander in the third round and won the player, the team would give up its third-round pick in April 2019. For some teams, his academic and off-field issues have made him a player on whom they'll pass.
The only time the Lions were awarded a player in the supplemental draft was in 1982, when they nabbed Kevin Robinson, a cornerback out of North Carolina A&T. Here's a look at the five players - in alphabetical order - and what they could bring to their future pro teams. To wit: The 2017 edition, which included just two eligible players - Tavares Bingham, who briefly landed in the CFL; and Marques Rodgers, at last check a member of the Indoor Football League's Sioux Falls Storm.
This is why the supplemental draft is extremely riveting when talented prospects are involved.
Despite his lankier frame, Beal is rarely discarded by larger receivers, fighting through them to get his long arms in position at the catch point. The Browns traded away Jamar Taylor to the Arizona Cardinals for a late round pick and he didn't tackle.
Alexander (6-2, 195) was considered a candidate for San Francisco because of his rare size and length for the position. Alexander gets a round 3/4 grade from me because of his upside, but a 40-yard dash near the 4.60 range hurts. Beal has impressive recovery speed and ball skills to match. A team that drafts him is banking on what he could be down the road. He had two interceptions, one forced fumble, 26 tackles (including three for a loss) and 10 pass breakups.
As a recruit: Alexander picked up a number of offers, but when Virginia Tech joined his list the Hokies quickly jumped to the front of the line. He does not have major character red flags other than basic maturity and motivational question marks, both of which could be extinguished upon entering the NFL. The team is now projected to receive four compensatory picks next year, including two sixth-rounders, mitigating the risk even more.
However, like many tough-minded safeties, Bryant can display that reckless missile mentality where he tries to land a big hit but can be inaccurate in doing so. His hips are pretty good and he's able to make turns and run with opponents.