Giants Add More Depth to the Secondary
Adding talent through the draft has become the primary lifeblood to ensure stability and success in the NFL. Making draft picks in July is one of the more uncommon methods of procuring rookies in the NFL and the Giants did just that. In the third round of the supplemental draft, Big Blue selected cornerback Sam Beal from Western Michigan. This pick does have a consequence for the 2019 draft and also illustrates a potential issue for the G-Men.
The consequence is that the Giants will have to forfeit a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Giving up a future draft pick shows the risk that David Gettleman is willing to take. There are two major characteristics of players in the supplemental draft. First, players in the supplemental draft were not selected in the 7 rounds of the NFL draft in April. Second, these players eligible for the supplemental draft have not signed as undrafted free agents with any of the 32 NFL teams. By those two characteristics, one can surmise that players in the supplemental draft do not have as much potential as those chosen in the NFL draft.
With the selection of cornerback shows the recognition that there needs to be depth in the secondary. The Giants released cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and to the surprise of many people, Eli Apple still is on the Giants roster. With DRC being waived that opens up an opportunity for the mercurial Apple. By sacrificing a 2019 3rd pick it appears logical that there needs to be a backup plan if Apple’s play or antics cause for Apple to miss playing time.