With one open spot remaining on the 90-man roster after rookie minicamp and the signing of wide receiver Darrius Shepherd, most Green Bay Packers fans likely expected the team to offer a contract to one of the other 19 players who attended the camp on a tryout basis. Instead, the Packers are signing a cornerback who recently received a pink slip from a previous NFL team.
Following a successful college career at Georgia State, Chandon Sullivan went undrafted in 2018. He landed with the Philadelphia Eagles immediately as a rookie free agent, however, and made the team’s practice squad out of training camp. Sullivan then earned a promotion to the Eagles’ 53-man roster, playing five games for the team before being waived and returning to the practice squad before week 17. However, the Eagles waived Sullivan on May 1st.
Now, Sullivan is a Packer, according to his agents via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Packers announced the signing shortly after the report. In signing with the Packers, Sullivan joins a young, talented group of cornerbacks under the tutelage of defensive backs coach Jason Simmons.
Sullivan worked out at the 2018 NFL Combine, measuring in at 5-foot-10 3/4 and 194 pounds. His explosiveness is his best physical attribute, as his vertical jump (40.5 inches) and broad jump (11-foot-2) finished above the 90th percentile for cornerbacks. His speed (4.60 forty) and agility (4.36 short shuttle) from the Combine put him below the 20th percentile in those tests. However, he reportedly had a hamstring injury in Indianapolis and improved on those times in a solo Pro Day a few weeks later, with a 40 time around 4.50 seconds and a 3-cone time around 7 seconds.
In Philadelphia, Sullivan was primarily a special teams player, though he did make one start in his five games. Look for him to compete for a roster spot through special teams contributions in 2019.