The NFL supplemental draft usually produces players who are long-term projects but the New York Giants found Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal too good to pass on.

Beal was selected in the third round of last week’s supplemental draft, the first Giants selection in the supplemental draft since Louisiana-Monroe safety Tito Wooten in 1994. He signed a four-year rookie deal.

He has everything a general manager wants in a young cornerback with his blend of height, speed, scrappiness, and awareness. He’s a system-proof corner who can play both man and zone coverage.

Beal is 6-foot-1 but only weighs 178 lbs. He is highly effective when playing press coverage and is also a willing tackler. While he makes up for his size with aggressiveness, he should add more strength to compete with the players at the NFL level.

Beal’s best 40-yard dash time is 4.4 seconds, displaying the desired speed for the position. He played wide receiver in high school before switching to cornerback during his four seasons with the Broncos. This gives him an added instinct for covering pass catchers.

The Giants brought in James Bettcher this offseason to be their defensive coordinator. Beal fits in with the base 3-4 scheme the Giants will run since Bettcher ran a press man coverage on more than half of defensive plays last season as Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator.

Beal also has the quickness to cover slot receivers, which would allow Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple to play where they are most comfortable as outside cornerbacks. Since Beal needs to gain some weight, he may play in the nickel while focusing on adding more size and strength.

Many general managers believe you should draft value over need. While the Giants obviously needed some help at cornerback, there are scouts out there who had a first-round grade on Beal’s talent. In this case, value meets a need in a very convenient way for the Giants.

It looks like Dave Gettleman made another solid move.

– Christian Morell is a Contributor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL and the New York Giants. Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Christian can be followed on Twitter @Cmorell72.

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