Buffalo Bills: Keeping an eye on the upcoming Supplemental Draft

Buffalo Bills, 2023 NFL Draft (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft takes place in less than two weeks and the Buffalo Bills could be interested in some of the available players.

The NFL Supplemental Draft isn’t always a big deal, but it is when there are top prospects involved.

That is the case this season as the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the NFL seem to be intrigued by the possibility of making a supplemental pick this year.

That is because Sam Beal, a top cornerback prospect, is in the draft after being allowed to enter instead of sitting out the upcoming season due to academic issues. There don’t appear to be any major character issues, so this seems like an easy decision for NFL teams.

For those who don’t know, making a pick in the supplemental draft means giving up a pick in the same round of next year’s NFL Draft. Here is a better explanation.

The Bills showed up on a list compiled by CBS Sports as one of the teams who could be interested in making a selection to help improve their secondary. Beal is the top option, but Mississippi State’s Brandon Bryant and Virginia Tech’s Adonis Alexander are two players teams will target to improve their secondary.

The Bills have an extra fourth and seventh-round pick in 2019, meaning one of those could be given up in favor of taking one of these prospects. The problem is that someone like Beal may be going a bit higher, such as when Josh Gordon was taken in the second round of the 2012 draft. Some teams who cherish draft picks may not want to give up such a high pick, but if the value of someone like Beal is so high, it is essentially a bargain.

We will keep an eye on the draft on July 11 and while the Bills could use help in the secondary, it may go against Brandon Beane’s philosophy to give up a high future draft pick, even on a great player like Beal.

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Even if the players seem mature, teams will still have some lingering doubts about how they ended up in this draft. Hopefully the Bills do enough homework to determine whether any of the three players are worthy of one of next year’s draft picks. If so, there is no reason not to take a chance on one.