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Could Lions Take One Of These Four Standouts In Supplemental Draft?

GM Bob Quinn has some assets to work with.

July 09, 2018 - 4:27 pm
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The talent pool in the NFL's supplemental draft, which takes place on Wednesday, is deeper than it's been in years. Though no player has been selected since 2015, as many as five players could come off the board this year, and two are considered locks.

Could any of them be of interest to the Lions? 

The top three players are defensive backs, which doesn't appear to be a position of need for Detroit. Then again, outside of Darius Slay and Glover Quin, the secondary isn't locked in. There are jobs to be won, and any newcomer would figure to have a chance.

Teams place blind bids on players by using their 2019 draft picks. The Lions have nine picks in next year's draft, so GM Bob Quinn has some assets to work with. Four players that might catch his eye are below. 

Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan

Every NFL team attended Beal's pro day this spring after he racked up 77 tackles and 18 pass breakups in his sophomore and junior seasons at Western Michigan. He possesses the length to be a perimeter corner in today's NFL and has the athleticism to play in various coverage schemes. He ran a 4.47 40 at his pro day. 

Beal, who entered the supplemental draft due after being declared academically ineligible for his senior season, is expected to go within the first three rounds. 

Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech​

Once considered one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2019 draft, Alexander has the tools to blanket outside wide receivers in the NFL. He's 6'3 with elite body control. He comes with some off-field concerns given his disciplinary track record in college, but his upside is obvious. 

Alexander is projected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round. 

Brandon Bryant, S, Mississippi State

At Mississippi State Bryant was regarded as one of the best athletes on the team. He's been clocked in the 4.3s in the 40 and he makes tackling look easy. At the very least, he has an NFL future on special teams. 

He was ruled academically ineligible for his senior season (he was also charged with a DUI in 2017). His athleticism alone figures to make him a sixth- or seventh-round pick. 

Bright Ugwoegbu, LB, Oregon State

Linebacker is another position where the Lions have lots of depth, but Ugwoegbu might be versatile enough to entice Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia. He was a hybrid safety/pass-rusher in college, and the latter department is still an area of need for the Lions. 

Suspended indefinitely by Oregon State in the spring for undisclosed reasons, Ugwoegbu is most likely to go undrafted and then sign as a free agent.