The Bengals are already deep at cornerback, but they’re at least keeping an eye on Sam Beal.
The Western Michigan cornerback is part of this year’s supplemental draft. He held his pro day on Thursday, and the Bengals were among all 32 teams in attendance.
There, Beal impressed with good numbers and measurements, so much that NFL.com’s gil Brandt offered this up:
One team told me they viewed Beal as 2nd-round pick had he been in 2018 draft, but that round likely to be lower in sup draft. Keep eye on teams with extra picks in Rounds 3-4 next year, including Browns (Round 3) and Bills (4). https://t.co/9OOBymQvDE— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) June 28, 2018
Most prospects who enter the supplemental draft has some type of off-field issues. In this case, Beal did not complete enough credits to suit up for 2018. Rather than redshirt the season, he elected to turn pro, and now it sounds like he could be drafted as high as Round 3.
Beal measured 6-0 7/8 and weighed 178 pounds while running 40-yard dash times of 4.47 and 4.55, decent numbers for a cornerback. He also had a 37-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump, a 4.09 short shuttle and a 7.11 three-cone drill.
Beal actually entered college in 2015 as a wide receiver and made the switch the following year to cornerback, so he has only played at corner for two seasons. There’s still a lot of room for him to grow, but in the little time he’s spent at the position, he’s already showing a lot of promise.
Last season, Beal had 10 pass deflections, two interceptions and 24 total tackles. He did so while playing next to cornerback Darius Phillips, who the Bengals drafted in Round 5 of the 2018 NFL Draft. They’ll obviously get some advanced scouting from Phillips on what Beal brings to the table, so that could lead to more interest between the two sides when the supplemental draft begins.
However, I don’t foresee the Bengals spending a pick on anyone in this year’s draft. The top prospects are cornerbacks and safeties, two positions the Bengals are set at and already have plenty of competition at.