The Giants announced they have agreed to a deal with Western Michigan CB Sam Beal, who they selected in the third round of the 2018 Supplemental Draft.
Known for his skill in man-to-man coverage, Beal was touted by some as the best prospect to come out of the Supplemental Drat since Browns WR Josh Gordon. At 6-foot-1, 187 pounds, Beal has the prototypical frame that teams love on the outside, and his technique and skill allow him to be able to work in any scheme.
"We feel like we're getting our third-round pick now," GM Dave Gettleman said in a statement after drafting Beal. "We discussed it at length yesterday, and had a great conversation. We basically had a draft meeting in the office, with people on the speaker phone who had seen him. It was a very thorough conversation.
"We're very, very excited about getting Sam in the draft. He's long, he's very athletic for a corner, he has all the physical skills, he can carry the vertical, he has very good play speed, he shows instincts out there, he has ball awareness, he doesn't panic when the ball is thrown at his guy, and he is a very willing tackler. We just feel it gives us a really talented young kid with the ability to ascend."
In 10 games last season, Beal tallied two interceptions while collecting 22 total tackles. Even more impressive, though, is the fact Beal had the lowest passer rating in the MAC on balls thrown his way at 35.2.
Beal will join a cornerbacks room with Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, and William Gay headlining the group. Beal will battle to be starting Week 1, something that some experts believe he can achieve.
"I don't like fear," Beal said. "Some guys live by fear, but I feel like I don't fear playing at a high level. ... I bring intensity and fire. That's how I feel about it."