Lions welcome a pair of defensive backs on thursday, including former Michigan State CB Shakur Brown
According to the NFLs transaction wire, the Detroit Lions hosted a pair of cornerbacks for visits, including former Michigan State star Shakur Brown.
Brown and cornerback Antonio Phillips were in Detroit on Tuesday for a visit. Both players went undrafted in Aprils draft, with Brown joining the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs, and Phillips joining The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans. This comes after the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly acquired cornerback Mark Gilbert from the practice squad.
Jeff Okudah is out for the season and Ifeatu Melifonwu isn't expected to be back anytime soon, as the cornerback room around these parts has been decimated by injuries. Amani Oruwariye and undrafted rookie Jerry Jacobs started at corner last week, while unsigned rookie A.J. Parker took the job at nickelback. Bobby Price, Daryl Worley, Corey Ballentine, and Gilbert are also in the mix, as well as veteran Nickell Robey-Coleman on the practice squad.
Brown spent three seasons in East Lansing, declaring for the draft during his junior season in 2020. He played outside and inside at Michigan State, earning two starts at nickelback and five starts as cornerback. Brown had five interceptions last season, knocking away passes, ending his career with seven intercepts with one returned for a touchdown through 21 games. When he announced his decision to skip his senior season, the 5-foot-11 defensive back had the nation's highest interceptions. Brown played 56 snaps in the preseason, making five tackles and allowing four catches on five targets for 63 yards per Pro Football Focus.
Phillips went undrafted out of Ball State, but had a four-year stint in Muncie starting. The 6-foot cornerback had eight interceptions, one touchdown, and two sacks in four years. Markus Golden, an Arizona Cardinals edge defender, is his cousin. Phillips played 51 defensive snaps in the preseason. He had three tackles while also allowing five passes on seven targets for 106 yards and one touchdown. Phillips underwent microdiscectomy surgery to relieve pain caused by a herniated disc heading into the draft. He was viewed as a late-round prospect.
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