There’s a lot of excitement around the Eagles No. 66 pick, with some suggesting Sydney Brown is already one of the best safeties on the roster. That might be a little hyperbolic, but it also might not be all that far off.
Brown is the highest drafted safety by the Eagles in over 10 years, and you have to assume that’s for a reason. When negotiations fell through with C.J. Gardner-Johnson this offseason, the team brought in Terrell Edmunds, but it’s a position the team certainly doesn’t seem to have completely locked up.
Illinois had several secondary players drafted in the first three rounds of this year’s draft, and Brown is someone the Eagles had highlighted as a “red-star” guy and someone they really wanted to get if he was available. Howie Roseman said that the fans are going to love this guy, and it seems that analysts agree.
— Terrell Edmunds (@rell_island6) April 29, 2023
Another great draft !— #KMasterLock™$$ (@KVonWallace) April 29, 2023
SYDNEY BROWN. Love that pick. Hard hitting, athletic safety with a knack for the ball.— Ben Natan (@thebennatan) April 29, 2023
Compared him to TJ Ward.
Man...I LOVE those picks for Philly. Steen is a future starter and Brown is the team's best safety right away— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 29, 2023
Sydney Brown is a great pick. Go Birds!— Subscribe to Badgers Ball Knower (@drewhamm5) April 29, 2023
Sydney Brown is my S4. Big and athletic. Tackles well and runs downhill toward the line. Can work through traffic. Physical in coverage and can win jump balls. A bit stiff in turning to run. Can lag in his step toward smaller slot WRs. Lots of potential. #Eagles #HallamAnalysis— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) April 29, 2023
Eagles draft Illinois S Sydney Brown with the No. 66 pick. Good value.— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) April 29, 2023
23-year-old who earned All-Big Ten First-Team honors on the nation's top scoring defense with six interceptions and seven passes defensed.
#Eagles select Illinois S Sydney Brown at pick No. 66. Great pick.— Andrew DiCecco (@AndrewDiCecco) April 29, 2023
Eagles go OL & S, makes a ton of sense!! Two players fell to them last night that was a pleasant surprise. They still addressed two needs tonight at OL & S. Howie and his staff killing it. Any OL from BAMA is a good choice. Brown is my kind of Safety, PHYSICAL & plays VIOLENT.— Ike Reese (@Ike58Reese) April 29, 2023
Brown ran a 4.47 40-yard dash and posted a 40.5 vertical jump along with a 10-foot-10-inch broad jump.— Andrew DiCecco (@AndrewDiCecco) April 29, 2023
10 career interceptions at Illinois. #Eagles https://t.co/FFt6NZj66K
#Eagles fans, Sydney Brown was my SAF2!! What a GREAT PICK!— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 29, 2023
"I enjoy playing close to the LOS. Being down near the line is where I’m most comfortable. I love the competitive aspect that comes with man coverage."@Sydbrown___ x @TheDraftNetwork https://t.co/NjEBnJZt9D
Brown becomes Eagles' highest-drafted safety since Jaiquawn Jarrett in 2011. He joins lightest position on the depth chart.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) April 29, 2023
He's a 5-year starter who stands out athletically — 93rd percentile vertical, 92nd percentile broad jump, 79th percentile 40. Could push for playing time
Leader. Fearless. Freakish. Alpha.— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) April 29, 2023
The @Eagles are getting a team guy in @Sydbrown___#Illini // #HTTO // #famILLy // #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/DKyAEmglqR