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NFL Supplemental Draft 2018: Packers do not acquire any players

Although two intriguing corners were eligible for Wednesday’s Supplemental Draft, neither one landed in Green Bay.

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For the first time in several years, the NFL’s Supplemental Draft was a notable event in 2018. Five players were granted eligibility for the special selection process, which is open to college football players who did not declare for the primary draft but who face problems with their college eligibility for the upcoming season.

The group was led by cornerback Sam Beal from Western Michigan, thought by many analysts to be worthy of a third-round pick. Fellow corner Adonis Alexander from Virginia Tech was also in the mix, viewed as a mid-round pick coming into the day.

Although Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has shown an openness to every avenue of player acquisition — unlike his predecessor, Ted Thompson — the team did not acquire any players in today’s Supplemental Draft.

The following players were selected today:

  • Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan (Round 3, New York Giants)
  • Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech (Round 6, Washington)

The teams selecting these players will forfeit their 2019 draft pick in the round corresponding to the selection above.

Going unselected were three players: Mississippi State safer Brandon Bryant, Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu, and Grand Valley State running back Marty Carter. The three players are now eligible to sign as free agents with any team.