Photo of Billy Brown
Grade
4.95 ?
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 255LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands

Overview

Academic issues prevented Brown from going to a FBS school after high school (he had interest from West Virginia and Maryland), so he chose to attend Division II Shepherd University instead of a junior college. His 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame made him a major matchup problem at that level. As a freshman, Brown started three games (25-323, five TDs) and received honorable mention all-conference honors. After a redshirt season, he started nine of 10 contests in 2014 (30-676, six TDs), earning second-team All-Mountain East Conference honors. Brown's game took off the past two seasons. He garnered first-team all-conference and third-team AP Little All-American honors in 2015 with 89 catches for 1,492 yards and 10 scores. Brown started all 14 games for the second straight year this fall, leading D2 by bringing in 99 passes and finishing second nationally with 1,580 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Great big receiver. Uses wide frame to create separation at top of his routes against bump-and-run coverage. Posts up cornerbacks like a basketball player. Can adjust speed of his route to accommodate the quarterback's timing. Sure-handed and can make the contested catch. Can drag cornerbacks for a long ride after the catch. Dominated his level of competition.

Weaknesses

Too tall into his routes. Press cornerbacks can get under his pads and force him off-balance inside his route. Doesn't sink into his breaks. Routes are rounded and need work. Doesn't have NFL vertical speed to get over the top of defenders. Has to create separation through physicality rather than quickness. Will be forced into consistent contested catch mode.

Bottom Line

The two years of production look good, but his level of competition is far from what he will see on the next level. Brown will struggle to separate as an NFL receiver and teams may consider trying him as a move tight end. His week of practice at the Shrine Game should give everyone a much clearer picture of who he is.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.