The Eagles are interviewing Browns defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker today for the vacancy left by Cory Undlin, according to Cleveland.com.
CBS Sports first reported the expected interview.
Defensive backs coach is one of four openings — the others are offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach and defensive line coach — that the Eagles still need to fill this offseason. DBs coach became vacant when Cory Undlin left after five seasons to become the defensive coordinator under his buddy Matt Patricia in Detroit.
Walker, 59, has been with the Browns since 2017 and, according to Cleveland.com, was “under consideration,” to remain on new head coach Kevin Stefanski’s staff. It’s unclear if he’s still under consideration.
If Walker joins the Eagles, he would bring with him a lengthy resume. He has been a defensive backs coach for five different NFL teams (Browns, Jaguars, Redskins, Giants, Patriots), was once the DC at UCLA and the head coach at New Mexico State from 2009-12.
But let’s focus on his NFL coaching career. In his last two stops with the Jaguars and Browns, he’s helped develop first-round picks Jalen Ramsey and Denzel Ward, who have both been Pro Bowlers within their first two seasons. There’s a good chance the Eagles will draft a cornerback pretty high in April and it’ll be important to have a coach ready to develop that talent.
And if the Eagles go the free agency route to get corners, Walker has worked with plenty of veterans too. In previous stops, Walker has coached Shawn Springs, Lawyer Milloy and Hall of Famer Ty Law.
While the receivers coach and defensive line coach positions have had some turnover in recent years, this will be the first new DBs coach since Undlin was hired back in 2015.
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