Only three players have been selected in the NFL's supplemental draft since 2013. However, two of them have arrived last year and when the league holds the extra draft of 2019 on Wednesday, there is a chance decent that at least two players can be selected, one of the following. which could interest the 49ers.
A bit of background: The extra draft is an option for draft-eligible players who did not register for the NFL's normal draft in April. In general, players who declare themselves for the extra draft do so because of unexpected eligibility issues at the university level, such as those related to academics or discipline.
If a team selects a player in the extra draft, they lose their choice in the same round in the next NFL draft in April. For example, cornerback Sam Beal of the New York Giants participated in the third round of the 2018 supplemental draft and so gave up his third-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
If the 49ers choose someone else in the 2019 draft, there is a good chance it will be Jalen Thompson from Washington State who is the most talented player available. according to Dane Brugler of The Athletic.
Thompson has just finished a junior season in which he had 67 tackles, 10 defensive passes and two interceptions. In his second season, he led the Cougars with 73 tackles and four choices. He has a lot of speed and athleticism, but at just 186 pounds he is smaller for his position. Nevertheless, he does not fear the physiognomy, but this can sometimes hinder his ability to conclude.
Brugler compares Thompson to Glover Quin, a former Pro Bowl Lions security man, and offers him a chance to take part in the third or fourth round of the 2019 draft, on Wednesday, to reach the starting level.
"If his character decides," says Brugler, "Thompson is a player who can compete for a nickel role early in his NFL career and all the ingredients are there for him to start from scratch. here the second year. "
Could Thompson be an adjustment for the 49ers? From the point of view of the position, at least, that certainly seems to be the case.
Despite a security class loaded with free agents and a preliminary class filled with promising prospects, San Francisco refused to choose security in the 2019 NFL draft after re-signing Jimmie Ward's contract for a year. Of course, Ward, often injured, did not take long to make this questionable decision at best, after he broke his collarbone the first week of OTA.
The former seventh round selection of the selection, Adrian Colbert, was chosen to ensure safety, but he did not really inspire confidence in his performance last season. Tarvarius Moore, behind Colbert, has just made the change of position on safety after spending his rookie season cornerback.
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So, yes, the 49ers could use an influx of talent, youth and health to the same job as Thompson. Teams rarely use the extra draft, but if San Francisco chooses to do it on Wednesday, it seems clear who they are going to target and why.