No. 2 – Sam Beal
He’s like a Christmas present on December 23. It’s been sitting under the tree for days wrapped up pretty. You wonder if its the game console or computer you’ve been asking for, or is the box filled with polo shirts and jeans. You don’t know, and it’s driving you nuts. That’s Sam Beal and the New York Giants.
Selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL supplemental draft, Beal had many of the tools NFL teams look for in a cornerback. At 6-1, he has the size, combined with 4.5, 40-yard dash speed, and a good vertical; the physical building blocks are there.
His pro career has been a question mark. He’s played in six NFL games so far. Beal was sidelined by injuries for the entirety of 2018 as well as the first nine games of 2019. He made his pro debut against the Jets in Game 10 and by Game 13 was a starter.
The former Western Michigan University star was a bit raw when the G-Men drafted him. All the time he missed since then hasn’t helped his development. Beal started three games last season, made 26 total tackles, and added a safety in the second to last contest. However, the first-year pro didn’t fare very well in pass coverage.
He only had one pass defended, and his advanced metrics are not very good. According to playerprofiler.com, opposing quarterbacks completed 75 percent of passes thrown his way, with a passer rating of 125. Those numbers don’t inspire confidence, but Beal is the best option currently on the New York Giants roster.