Jordan Brown was taken in Round 7 after initially being projected to go in the Rounds 4-5 range. Even so, he’ll have a tough time cracking the final roster with so much competition at cornerback.
And even if Brown makes the final roster, he won’t be making bank anytime soon (compared to most NFL players at least).
As a seventh-round pick, Brown will get a contract that pays him less than $800K in each of his four years. According to Over The Cap, it’s a deal worth $2,621,144 if Brown manages to play all four years of it.
If the Bengals wind up cutting Brown this year, they’ll be on the hook for a little over $100K. If he makes the final roser, he’ll make just over $500K as a rookie.
But to make the roster, the South Dakota State product must beat out the likes of Tony McRae, Davontae Harris, Darius Phillips and KeiVarae Russell for a spot, assuming B.W. Webb, Darqueze Dennard, Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson are locked into the top four spots.
The one thing Brown has going for him is he has four years left on his contract, whereas Russell and McRae (restricted) all hit free agency next year. If it’s a close battle between Brown and them, having three more years after 2019 will certainly aid Brown.
Still, he’ll need to beat out at least one of Harris and Phillips, both of whom were Day 3 draft picks last year.