Photo of Jayon Brown
5.01 ?
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


Sometimes an injury to one player opens a door for another. Brown didn't want highly-touted teammate Myles Jack to go out of the lineup, but he did take advantage of the opportunity. He started nine games in 2015 after Jack's injury, leading the team with 93 tackles (two for loss) and breaking up six passes. Brown led the Bruins in stops again as a senior with 105 (seven for loss), garnering first-team All-Pac-12 recognition by also intercepting three passes and breaking up six others. The third of his siblings to play college football (Jason was a linebacker at Idaho, Juwuan a DL at Southern Oregon), Brown had to be patient for his chance to play on defense. He made an impact on special teams, though, winning the team's Rookie of the Year award and honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice with eight tackles. He had six more tackles on special teams as a sophomore in 2014.



Operates with a patient scrape to wide-flowing plays. Can ramp up play speed. Able to range from sideline to sideline but will come downhill to meet running backs in their own living room, too. Finds his way to the ball and is a consistent finisher despite his lack of size. Active and instinctive in coverage. Anticipates throwing lanes and rushes to jump in. Finished with 15 passes defensed over last three seasons, including three interceptions. Four years of special teams experience.


Very small. Built more like a strong safety. Play strength is below acceptable norm. Gets bounced off his mark badly when taking on blocks. Unable to leverage his gap and will have to be a run-around linebacker to make plays. Is active as a tackler, but has to go along for a ride to get big backs down. Scouts say instincts against the run need improvement. Never forced a fumble in college.

Sources Tell Us

"He has cover talent but I just think he'll always get engulfed. I wanted to like him more but he's just too small. I might be a little low on him. We'll see." -- Regional scout for NFC West team

Bottom Line

Undersized WILL linebacker with good production as a tackler and against the pass his senior season. Brown's speed ability to play on special teams will give him a fighting chance for a roster spot, but he lacks the functional strength to become anything more than a sub-package cover linebacker.
-Lance Zierlein
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.