Photo of Fadol Brown
Grade
5.12 ?
  • 4.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.24 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.44 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 35" Arm Length
  • 273LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Despite finishing his high school career as the South Carolina Class AA Lineman of the Year (35 tackles for loss, 15 sacks), Brown signed with Florida International to play for head coach Mario Cristobal. FIU fired Cristobal after the 2012 season, and Brown (eight tackles, two TFL, 1.5 sacks in 10 games with the Panthers) decided to leave the school as well. Ole Miss won the recruiting battle, though Brown was forced to redshirt in 2013 as a transfer student. He started nine games in 2014, making 38 tackles, with 5.5 going for losses. Brown started eight games as a junior, leading the team with 10 quarterback hurries (32 tackles, 4.5 TFL, sack). He sat out spring practice and missed four games with a foot injury in 2016, but managed to start four of eight games (39 stops, six TFL, 2.5 sacks).

Analysis

Strengths

Has the desired size and length. With a little more weight, could get consideration as a defensive end by both 4-3 and 3-4 teams. Uses his long arms and upper body power to set a strong edge. Gets good arm extension post-punch and is able to control and shed his blocker early in order to launch himself into a tackle attempt. Saw 40 percent of his tackles over last two years come on gains of two yards or less. Uses an arm over inside pass rush as his pet move. Throws combinations with his hands to keep offensive tackles on the ropes. Plays with adequate lateral quickness and closing burst.

Weaknesses

Was an ineffective pass rusher at Ole Miss. Hands can be a little lazy into his first strike causing him to lose the battle for the frame. Plays way too straight-legged at the point of attack. Can be knocked out of his gap by angle blocks. Pass rush needs much more knee bend in order to improve his contact balance. Inside charges become easy re-direct blocks for tackles taking advantage of his high center of gravity. Lacks a rush plan or an ability to challenge the edge. Lingering issues with a stress fracture in his foot could be cause for concern as combine medicals roll around.

NFL Comparison

Martin Ifedi

Bottom Line

While his size and length will immediately appeal to some defenses, his inability to generate a consistent pass rush will turn others off. Provided his medicals check out, Brown's physical traits could get him a late look on Day 3, but his ceiling may be as a backup defensive end for either a 4-3 or 3-4 front.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.