Supplemental Draft Report: Sam Beal

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Scouting report for Sam Beal, defensive back from Western Michigan, who has made himself available for the supplemental draft on July 11.

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a junior in 2017 when he totaled 26 tackles, two interceptions and 10 additional pass breakups. Sophomore numbers included 55 tackles and eight PBUs. Declared academically ineligible for the 2018 season.

Pos: Nice-sized, athletic cornerback with a feisty game. Quick and fluid in reverse, smoothly flips his hips and loses nothing transitioning to run with opponents down the field. Displays an outstanding burst of closing and recovery speed and shows an explosive nature. Jams receivers at the line of scrimmage and mixes it up throughout the route. Displays a tremendous amount of quickness. Tracks the pass in the air and competes to break up the throw. Works hard to get off blocks and make plays against the run.

Neg: Does not show great recognition in zone coverage. Occasionally blows assignments. Instincts are suspect.

Analysis: Beal displayed consistent improvement in his game over the past two seasons and was recently graded as a potential first-round selection by a number of scouts this spring. He possesses the measurables and athleticism to eventually start on Sunday, but he needs a lot of work on his game. At the very least, Beal should be able to line up in nickel packages this fall while contributing on special teams.

Round Projection: 2nd/3rd