The Detroit Lions signed CB Tarvarus McFadden and waived WR Deontez Alexander in a corresponding move.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 4, 2019
Additionally, they activated DT Darius Kilgo from the NFI list.
McFadden went undrafted last year and was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers as an UDFA. He also spent some time on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad before going back to the 49ers. McFadden did not play in any regular season games.
The 6-foot-2 coverman was highly regarded as one of the nation’s best corners going into his junior year at Florida State.
As a sophomore in 2016, he tied for the most interceptions at the FBS level with eight. The elite ball production put him as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defender along with many All-American honors. He unfortunately could not replicate his sophomore success, hence the reason for going undrafted. In 2017, he allowed four touchdowns with zero interceptions.
Despite his great size, he was only able to run a 4.67-second 40-yard dash at the combine — second slowest for all defensive backs last year.
Obviously, his current value in the NFL is very low, but there is some potential if the Lions can develop him and use him to his strengths. I wouldn’t count on him making the team.
(This article will be updated to provide more information as it becomes available.)