NY Giants’ Draft: 3 worst draft picks of the Dave Gettleman era
2) Sam Beal, 2018
The supplemental draft isn’t the best place to find difference-makers, but don’t tell Gettleman that – he thought he pulled the wool over the eyes of the entire league when he got Sam Beal for a third round pick in 2018’s iteration.
The corner out of Western Michigan was projected to go in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but he chose to jumpstart his career instead by entering the supplemental draft. Since Beal’s gotten to New York, he’s been snake-bitten – a seemingly never-ending string of injuries and Beal’s opt-out of the 2020 season has led to the corner only playing six games in three years.
Beal didn’t exactly set the world on fire in those six games either – he was continually beat by receivers, along with being a penalty machine.
While Gettleman thought he out-smarted 31 other general managers by getting Beal in the supplemental draft, his undying hubris took a hit instead. The Giants forfeited the 71st selection in the 2019 NFL Draft to acquire Beal – missing out on the opportunity to draft players like David Montgomery, Terry McLaurin and Chase Winovich.
Gettleman was ‘thrilled’ and ‘very, very excited’ when asked about getting Beal for a third round pick in the supplemental draft – I bet he would be very, very eager to go back in time and undo the selection.