We could have a late departure to the NFL from the college ranks. Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal, a potential 2019 first round pick, could try to make an early move.
Beal is a former two-star recruit out of Michigan, who has emerged as a top college corner. He has been a standout defender for the Broncos since 2015, including for the 2016 team that went 13-0 before a Cotton Bowl loss to Wisconsin.
Last season, Beal dealt with injuries, but wound up as a second team All-MAC cornerback. In Western Michigan's near upset of USC, he recorded his first career interception against Sam Darnold.
Beal considered a jump earlier this year, but ultimately decided that he wanted to experience his senior season. From the Battle Creek Enquirer:
"I gave it some thought. I did a couple times. But I feel like I should stay in school and get my education," Beal said. "Just my family and people that are close to me, talked to them first and they give me the best advice ... It's all about the senior year. Everybody remembers your senior year - the last go-around. So I'm really looking forward to my senior year and seeing what I can do."
Sam Beal has reportedly changed his mind on entering the NFL this season.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, he will petition to be in the supplemental draft:
Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal is petitioning the NCAA to become eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft next month, when he could become the highest-selected player since the Browns used a second-round supplemental pick on Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon in 2012, per league sources.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Beal already was projected as one of the top picks in the 2019 NFL draft. If he were in next month's supplemental draft, NFL personnel people believe he likely would be picked somewhere in the first three rounds. The only two players picked there over the past decade were Gordon and Terrelle Pryor, who was the Raiders' third-round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft.
Beal would be the 44th supplemental draft pick in NFL history. Other notable names include Bernie Kosar, Brian Bosworth, Cris Carter, Rob Moore, and Ahmad Brooks.