It had been three years since anyone was selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft, ​but the New York Giants decided they would be the ones to buck the trend.


The Giants selected Western Michigan defensive back Sam Deal in the third round of this years Supplemental Draft.

​​Beal was widely regarded as one of the best prospects available in the Supplemental Draft in years because his on-field talent was not weighed down by any off the field baggage. Beal ​declared for this draft because he was unsure if he was going to be academically eligible to play this year, so he decided he'd enter the draft rather than play the waiting game with the NCAA. 


Prior to this season, Beal was told he would've been a top-100 pick had he entered the regular draft, but decided to return for his senior year so he could complete his degree. Beal was part of one of the most successful runs in Western Michigan football history as former coach P.J. Fleck led them to new heights that eventually culminated in a matchup with Big Ten runner-up Wisconsin in the 2017 Cotton Bowl. 

By selecting Beal, the Giants have forfeited their third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft per Supplemental Draft rules. Beal will join a Giants defensive back unit that includes Eli Apple and ​Janoris Jenkins at the cornerback spot. 


The Giants should be very happy that Beal fell into their laps in the third round, but must hope they don't miss out much needed talent in next year's draft. ​​