New York Giants Supplemental Draft Pick Sam Beal Injures Shoulder, Out For Season

By John Carlo A. Villaruel
on Jul 26, 2018 08:40 AM EDT
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New York Giants rookie cornerback Sam Beal will miss the entire 2018 National Football League season after suffering a horrific shoulder injury.

Beal, who signed a four-year deal with the team a few days ago, was selected by the Giants in the third round of the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft. Beal reportedly dislocated his shoulder in a weird practice incident.

The 21-year-old Beal was projected by experts as a potential first-round pick in 2019 if he played out the season. Chris Trapasso described Beal as a noteworthy prospect who is tall and long enough to shine on the outside and has a cat-like agility to play in the cornerback spot if required.

"Beal's size, man-to-man ability and ball-skill flashes downfield, and playing zone should make him a versatile member of New York's defensive backfield as a rookie. He's tall and long enough to play on the outside and has enough quickness to slip into the nickel cornerback spot if needed," Trapasso explained.

Great Prospect For The Giants

With a spectacular one-on-one play, NFL writer Marc Sessler believed that Beal was an incredible fit to the overhauled defensive system of James Bettcher. Meanwhile, Patricia Traina added that Beal's contract would pay him less should he land in the IR list.

Beal announced his entry into the supplemental draft after being academically ineligible for the 2018 season. The All-MAC second team member was a lethal defensive threat for Michigan, wherein he posted one forced fumble, 10 pass break ups, and 26 tackles.

The 187-pound star also impressed scouts during his pro day workouts as he registered a 4.5 rating on the 40-yard dash to go along with an outstanding vertical leap of 37. Beal was just the third selection in the supplemental draft by the Giants. The Giants picked Dave Brown and Tito Wooten in the 1992 and 1994 drafts.

Huge Loss For The Giants

Beal was expected to provide depth in an already-strong Giants secondary unit that sports Curtis Riley, Darian Stewart, Landon Collins, Eli Apple, and Janoris Jenkins. The Giants gave up their 2019 third-round draft selection to get their hands on Beal.

The Western Michigan product was the highest-selected player in the supplemental draft since Josh Gordon in 2012. Big Blue View journalist Chris Pflum thinks that the Giants selected Beal because the team wanted to develop him in-house long before his peers would play in the league.

Pflum explained that the Giants were not expecting Beal to contribute immediately, but rather he was projected to relieve Jenkins and Apple as the season went on. He added that Beal would address the Giants' problem in the cornerback position.

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