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Bills sit out supplemental draft

Two players were chosen in the NFL's supplemental draft Wednesday, but neither of them are coming to the Buffalo Bills.

Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal was chosen by the New York Giants in the third round, while Washington selected Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander in the sixth round. The Giants and Redskins will give up their respective picks in those rounds in next spring's regular college draft.

Beal became the first player chosen in the supplemental draft since 2015, when the St. Louis Rams selected offensive tackle Isaiah Battle in the fifth round.

With a possible need at cornerback in the not-too-distant future and nine draft picks next year, the Bills were frequently mentioned as a team that might be interested in either Beal or Alexander. That may have been the case, but the team decided Beal wasn't worth giving up a first- or second-round pick and Alexander wasn't worthy of a pick in the first five rounds.

If the Bills did submit a pick for either Beal or Alexander in the rounds they were chosen, they would have lost out to New York and Washington because they were below each of those teams on the priority order. The last time two players were selected in the supplemental draft was 2010, when fullback Harvey Unga went to Chicago and nose tackle Josh Brent went to Dallas, both in the seventh round.

Buffalo has made two supplemental draft picks in franchise history: On Kentucky running back Rod Stewart in the sixth round in 1979 and Oregon defensive back Brett Young in the eighth round in 1989.

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