Broncos awarded cornerback C.J. Smith off waivers, adding depth to secondary

Dec 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback C.J. Smith (35) warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Steelers won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos on Friday were awarded cornerback C.J. Smith off waivers from Cleveland, it was announced.

Smith (5-11, 188 pounds) is a third-year player who appeared in 13 games with Cleveland (2017) and Philadelphia (2016) after being signed by the Eagles as a college free against from North Dakota State University.

He played three games for the Browns in 2017 after spending time on the club’s practice squad. A 10-game contributor for the Eagles as a rookie in 2016, he competed with the team during training camp in 2017 and spent a week on its practice squad before joining Cleveland.

In 58 career games at North Dakota State, Smith totaled 139 tackles (96 solo), eight interceptions (123 yds.), 57 passes defensed and one forced fumble. He was named an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First Team selection as a senior in 2015.

A graduate of Burnsville (Minn. ) High School, Smith was born on May 10, 1993.