The Eagles claimed cornerback Alex Brown off waivers, according to an official announcement from the team. Philadelphia’s roster is now full at the 90-player offseason limit.
The 5-11, 170 pound Brown played college ball at South Carolina State. He logged 90 tackles, 26 passes defended, seven interceptions, and one sack over 31 games played.
Here’s a scouting report on Brown via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
Explosive, fast athlete with the size of a nickel cornerback but lacking the play traits for a smooth transition inside. Brown has decent ball production and his monster workout numbers will have teams scrambling for additional tape, but he needs plenty of additional work with his patience, footwork and route recognition. His length and recovery speed are major check marks in his favor, but a practice squad spot could be the goal as he continues to work on the fundamentals of the position.
Brown is likely just a camp body for the Eagles. Philadelphia has some nickel corner reps to fill with Cre’Von LeBlanc suffering some kind of injury. Case in point: starting safety Malcolm Jenkins had to log second team slot reps during Friday’s practice. Also worth mentioning that Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills (PUP) aren’t doing team drills yet.
Although Brown’s a long shot, our friends over at Niners Nation noted that “[49ers starting linebacker] Fred Warner shouted Brown out during the spring as a player that stood out.” So there’s that.
Fun fact: Brown is the third player the Eagles have claimed off waivers from the 49ers within the last year. DeAndre Carter and Godwin Igwebuike were the other two.
(Random side note: Seeing the name “Alex Brown” somehow made me think of former Eagles defensive end Alex Hall. Remember that guy?)