With the first selection any team has made in the Supplemental Draft since 2015, the Giants took 21-year-old CB Sam Beal, who has been referred to as the best Supplemental Draft prospect ever.
The Giants waived cornerback Kenneth Durden to make room on the roster.
"We feel like we're getting our third-round pick now," GM Dave Gettleman said in a statement. "We discussed it at length yesterday, and had a great conversation. We basically had a draft meeting in the office, with people on the speaker phone who had seen him. It was a very thorough conversation."
For selecting Beal, who played college ball at Western Michigan, the Giants will give up a third-round pick in next June's NFL Draft.
"We're very, very excited about getting Sam in the draft," Gettleman added. "He's long, he's very athletic for a corner, he has all the physical skills, he can carry the vertical, he has very good play speed, he shows instincts out there, he has ball awareness, he doesn't panic when the ball is thrown at his guy, and he is a very willing tackler. We just feel it gives us a really talented young kid with the ability to ascend."
"He's obviously talented," an NFL defensive coordinator told Bleacher Report about Beal. "Long, flexible, fast. He fits the mold of what we want at outside corner."
"A converted wide receiver, Beal came on strong after the first few games of last season, posting some of the best coverage numbers in the nation," Luke Hutcherson wrote earlier this week for SNY.tv. "This included an interception of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. He solidified his stock with good numbers at his pro day, although he only weighed in at 178 pounds and has a below average wingspan which might cause concern."
Beal decided to forego his senior season in order to be eligible for the Supplemental Draft, and said he's pro-ready.
"I don't like fear," Beal said. "Some guys live by fear, but I feel like I don't fear playing at a high level. ... I bring intensity and fire. That's how I feel about it."
Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple are expected to start for the Giants at corner this season, with William Gay likely right behind them on the depth chart.