The Giants on Wednesday picked Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft, the league announced, making him the first player taken in the supplemental draft in three years and the first to go that high since Josh Gordon went in the second round in 2012.
The Giants had the third pick in the third round, thus forfeiting their selection in the same round in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Beal is a fleet and aggressive defender who is unafraid to rough up receivers when playing press coverage but also has fluid hips, allowing him to easily turn and run with wideouts.
He had 19 pass breakups in his Western Michigan career, though only two interceptions. While he occasionally pays for being overaggressive in press coverage, Beal's biggest deficiency is his tackling, which lacks technique.
He was one of five players who had declared for this year's draft, along with Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander, Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu and Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter.
Beal was considered the cream of the crop and had been expected by many to perhaps go as high as the second round.
Alexander and Bryant were considered fringe candidates to be taken later, the former in part because of off-field concerns. Ugwoegbu's disappointing pro day likely cost him, while the devaluation of running backs in recent years would've made it a surprise if Carter had been drafted.