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Grade
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  • 4.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.10 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 244LBS. Weight

Overview

Brown performed consistently at defensive end, but will likely move to linebacker in the pros. His athleticism should allow him to make a successful transition. Denied all-Big East honors in 2007, despite 16.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, because of the talent in the conference. Conference coaches were right to acknowledge his 2008 production, however, and did so, granting Brown first-team accolades after his 55 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and five forced fumbles made him arguably the conference's most explosive defender. Brown wasn't asked to take part in linebacker drills while at the Senior Bowl, but showed the quick feet and change-of-direction agility teams want to see. Brown could quietly rise up draft boards as the draft approaches.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Excellent athlete. ... Uses his hands to rip off blocks from much bigger tackles. ... Very good off the edge. ... Able to get into the chest of his man to bull rush him into the quarterback. ... Will close on quarterbacks quickly and secure the tackle. ... Played on the strong or weak side, and was a stand-up rusher at times. ... Shows potential to be an effective 3-4 rush linebacker. ... Should be an asset on special teams coverage. ... Recognizes misdirection quickly. ... Helped himself with a strong performance throughout Senior Bowl week. Negatives: Lacks great bulk to hold up as an every-down end, and will likely switch to 3-4 rush linebacker in the pros. ... Can be moved out of the hole. ... A bit high and choppy in his backpedal, but he can get deep on zone blitzes. ... Needs to hustle and chase a bit more when plays are downfield or down the line. ... Quarterbacks and ballcarriers can sidestep him as he closes because he doesn't break down quickly enough to make the tackle.
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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.
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