The NFL has confirmed that the 2018 summer supplemental draft will be held on Wednesday, July 11th.
Currently three players have declared for the draft class including cornerbacks Adonis Alexander of Virginia Tech and Sam Beal of Western Michigan and safety Brandon Bryant of Mississippi State. Alexander will hold a pro day on June 20th, while Beal will work out on June 28th and Bryant will work out the following day, June 29th.
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Bryant is probably the best player and athlete of the three prospects. He’s been timed in the 4.30 range in the 40-yard dash and can deadlift 600 pounds. He gets a chance to prove that in late June at his pro day. At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, he made 32 tackles last year for the Bulldogs, including a season-high 11 at Auburn. He was withheld from MSU’s spring practices for academic reasons and announced he was leaving the school in April. In three years at Mississippi State, he played 37 games, totaling 157 total tackles, five interceptions and one TD.
If a player is selected in the supplemental draft, the team must forfeit a draft pick of the same round the player was picked in the NFL Draft 2019. Since 2012, only two players have been picked in the supplemental draft. The Browns took receiver Josh Gordon in 2012 in the 2nd round while the Rams took Isaiah Battle in 2015 in the fifth round. Only 43 players in total have been taken in the supplemental draft since its inception in 1977.
Bryant, alongside Virginia Tech’s Adonis Alexander and Western Michigan’s Sam Beal, is one of three major prospects entered in the supplemental draft who will hold pro days at their respective schools.
Beal (6-1, 185) broke up a team-high 10 passes for WMU in 2017 along with two interceptions. One of those interceptions came against New York Jets first-round pick Sam Darnold in a season-opening loss to USC. Beal was a second-team All-MAC selection.
Former Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander also intends to enter the supplemental draft.
NFL supplemental drafts often pass without any players being chosen, but Alexander, Bryant and Beal figure to be attractive options for NFL clubs with needs in the secondary.