As tempting as supplemental draft prospects are, Rams should pass

As tempting as supplemental draft prospects are, Rams should pass

There had been 45 picks in the history of the supplemental draft, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The Carolina Panthers did not add any players in today's 2018 National Football League supplemental draft.

The Washington Redskins selected Virginia Tech defensive back Adonis Alexander with a sixth-round pick in the NFL's supplemental draft Wednesday.

The most famous Supplemental Draft was the one conducted in 1985, when University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar ended up with the Cleveland Browns, his preferred destination. Teams earn placements in one of three groups based on overall record and playoff appearances. In this particular case, the Chicago Bears fall in the first grouping. It's not televised and the order is determined more like the NBA Draft than the normal NFL Draft. For example, if a team claims a player in the second round, they can no longer use that second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The supplemental draft typically comes and goes without much fanfare or excitement from anyone, but this year is shaping up to be much different. Louis Rams used a fifth-round pick on Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, that is expected to change this year. That's a given. Cornerback is now a barren spot without much proven talent. The Giants now have more talent in a secondary that underwhelmed last season and was plagued by discipline issues, including multiple suspensions under former head coach Ben McAdoo. I'll slot him to the Colts, who need CB help beyond Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston. They will each forfeit their picks in those round in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Alexander and Beal are potentially worth the risk. At 6-1 and 205 pounds, he is undersized for a linebacker, even for one in a Tampa-2, 4-3 defense like the Colts'.

The Hokies also suspended Alexander in 2016 following an arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Any investment in Beal or Alexander would be an indicator the Broncos believe either player has a chance of starting sooner rather than later and they're willing to give up a very important asset to bring them aboard.

If the Buccaneers or any team selects a player in this year's Supplemental Draft, it will happen quietly. They are also in line for a 4 round selection via the compensatory route, thanks to Donte Moncrief signing with the Jaguars.

From a production standpoint, Beal did a good job in the past two seasons making plays on the ball.

Of course, there's off-the-field questions about both Alexander and Beal that have to be answered. While his reaction and timing against more capable receivers needs improvement, he is able to stay physical and bend in perimeter coverage.