2018 Supplemental Draft Prospect Preview

Sam Beal
#18 Western Michigan University, Cornerback (Junior)
Height: 6'0 7/8, Weight: 178
Grade: 7.15, Round: 2-3

Sam Beal came into Western Michigan as a 2 star prospect who played both wide receiver and cornerback. He played wide receiver as a freshman before transitioning to the defensive side of the ball. Beal was a big contributor the the Broncos 13-1 season in 2016. He went head to head with Corey Davis in practice for the season, maturing him at a rapid rate. Beal made plays on the ball but he didn't record an interception until the 2017 season, where it came off now New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. Beal was named to Second Team All-MAC Defense and was slated to return to school for his senior season before being deemed academically ineligible.

Strengths

Weaknesses
  • Good size for a cornerback with solid length
  • Change of direction is superb

 

  • Fluid hips help him stay tight to wide receivers
  • Plays physical on the line
  • Scrappy cornerback that can get in the receivers head
  • Breaks on plays quickly
  • Reads and diagnoses plays rather well
  • Practiced head to head vs Corey Davis
  • Good tackler
  • Good with his hands to avoid penalties
  • Ran his 40 yard dash in the high 4.40s 

 

  • Doesn't release off blockers in the run game
  • Didn't make so many plays on the ball
  • Still slightly raw 

Adonis Alexander
#36 Virginia Tech, Cornerback (Junior)
Height: 6'2, Weight: 195
Grade: 4.75, Round: 6

Adonis Alexander was a 3 star safety coming into Virginia Tech. Alexander played his freshman season at safety and hauled in four interceptions, part of the reason why he was named a Second Team Freshman All-American. In his sophomore season he transitioned to cornerback, where he became less productive, finishing the season with only two interceptions. Alexander dealt with a hamstring issue that caused him to miss some time in his junior season, and he finished the season with one interception. While he may have been less productive each season in terms of plays on the ball, it may be a testament to his IQ and ability to read the quarterback as a safety, where he played as a freshman.

Strengths

Weaknesses
  • Above average size for a defensive back
  • Gets his head around consistently to avoid pass interference
  • Flips his hips well along the sidelines
  • Tackle technique is good but routes to the tackle are not 
  • Good IQ and reads the quarterback well
  • Can play cornerback or safety
  • Gets beat consistently on slants
  • Doesn't stick to the receivers hips in man coverage
  • Footwork slightly below average
  • Slow out of his breaks
  • Disengages from plays that aren't passes to his side
  • Doesn't look fluidm body is not always in control
  • Ran a 4.61 at his pro day

Brandon Bryant
#1 Mississippi State University, Safety (Redshirt Junior)
Height: 5'11, Weight: 207
Grade: 5.20, Round: 6-7

Brandon Bryant was a 3 star safety coming into Mississippi State. After redshirting his true freshman year, Bryant played in all 13 games in his redshirt freshman season, which also happened to be his most productive of the three. Bryant had three interceptions and 63 tackles as a freshman, and both of these numbers fell in his sophomore season, and once again in his junior season. Bryant has been rumoured to have run 40 yard dashes below 4.3, and he definitely has the speed and the athletic make-up to, in his worst scenario, be a special teamer. Between his production numbers falling year by year, and his arrest in January, his character has been in question, but if a team has excess draft picks, he may be a worthy pick in the late rounds.

Strengths

Weaknesses
  • Good size and frame for a safety
  • Reads the quarterbacks' eyes
  • Tracks the ball well in the air
  • Has great speed, ran a 4.45 40 yard dash
  • Good tackler, has the ability to be very rangy
  • Could carve out a role as a very good special teamer in the NFL
  • Has trouble diagnosing plays
  • Was quite unproductive in his junior season
  • Didn't see an overwhelming amount of playing time
  • Charged with a DUI in January

 

Martayveus Carter
#34 Grand Valley State University, Running Back (Redshirt Junior)
Height: 5'11, Weight: 202
Grade: 3.65, Round: UDFA

Martayveus Carter was 2 star prospect who planned to attend Northern Illinois but he failed to sign his letter of intent and ended up playing D-II for GVSU. After sitting out his true freshman season, he narrowly missed 1000 all-purpose yards as a redshirt freshman. His sophomore season is where he proved his worth as an NFL prospect, this time narrowly missing 2000 all-purpose yards, although around 95% of those yards came on the ground. He also found the end zone 20 times on the ground in 2016. He finished fifth in voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy, and while he struggled to find the field in 2017, he was still efficient, averaging more than 7.5 YPC. Reasons for being ineligible to return for his senior season are unknown.

Strengths

Weaknesses
  • Good size for a running back
  • Runs low to the ground with power
  • Cuts really hard, makes lots of defenders miss
  • Good breakaway speed, estimated mid 4.5s 40 yard dash
  • Above average vision and agility
  • Rarely ran between the tackles
  • Off field questions date back to his recruting process
  • Poor in the passing game
  • D-II level competition

Bright Ugwoegbu
#1 Oregon State University, Outside Linebacker (Redshirt Junior)
Height: 6'0, Weight: 205
Grade: 3.80, Round: UDFA

Bright Ugwoegbu was a 3 star safety coming to Oregon State. He sat out his true freshman season and transitioned to linebacker for his redshirt freshman season. He flashed as an NFL prospect as a sophomore, posting 11 TFL with 5.5 sacks. He had one more tackle as a junior but only finished with 4.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks. Ugwoegbu is an in betweener in the NFL; with an NFL weight room he can obtain manageable size for an outside linebacker, although he's simply too slow to play on the second level in the NFL. He was timed at 4.95-4.97 at his pro day, which won't do him any favours come the supplemental draft.

Strengths

Weaknesses
  • Has good instincts along the line of scrimmage
  • Diagnoses plays well for TFLs 
  • Gets off blocks well to make tackles
  • Former safety, slightly above average ball skills for a linebacker
  • Better on the line of scrimmage than on the second level, but sized as an inside linebacker
  • Pro day was abysmal, 4.95-4.97 40 yard dash
  • Too slow to stay on a receiver in coverage
  • Rushes the passer with extreme stiffness
  • Limited when rushing off the edge, needs to use speed