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Aaron Brown (RB)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 196
College: TCU
Conference: Big 12
Hometown: Katy, TX
High School: Mayde Creek
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Selected by: Detroit Lions
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 19 (192)
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Pick Analysis: Brown came in as a freshman at TCU and played extremely well, but never lived up to the hype after that. The thought is that he might be able to become a wide receiver. He's a speed guy with return skills in the kicking game. He could become a backup to Kevin Smith in Detroit.
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Overview

An all-around threat for four seasons at TCU, Brown hopes to bring that versatility to the NFL. He started his career as Mountain West Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American, and added a second-team nod in 2006 before suffering through an injury-filled junior season. He bounced back a bit as a senior, although his numbers weren't great (547 yards on only 99 carries; 95 yards on 12 receptions) because TCU's offense spreads the ball around. Brown's receiver build may turn off some teams, but his potential as a kick returner (29.2 average, 1 touchdown) will gain him points with others.


High School

Played in one game as a senior at Mayde Creek High School... Coached in football by Joe Sheffy... Ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and recorded a 10.45 100-meter dash time on the track, one of the fastest prep times in the nation in 2004.


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Analysis

Positives: Good quickness and straight-line speed, making him tough to catch from behind. Shifty in the hips, allowing him to avoid arm tackles and slip through small holes. Has foot quickness to sidestep tacklers and find a crease inside. Can run through trash inside, but is best when bouncing outside. Uses his vision to cut back into open space. Versatile enough to be sent in motion as a receiver. Adequate hands on the outside, can make the first man miss in space. Height and speed combination forces tough coverage matchups against linebackers and safeties. Willing blocker to free up other backs. Will get a chance to return kicks because he's willing to take the ball straight upfield and take punishment.


Negatives: A running back/receiver 'tweener. Wide receiver build, good upper body development but tall and thin in the hips and calves. Fails to lower his pad level and is therefore too easy to bring down and takes too many big hits. Lacks lower body strength to anchor and sustain blocks outside, and misses his target on the run too often. Rarely used as a pass protector in the backfield. Takes time to get to full speed, tending to take long strides as a receiver. Does not switch ball into outside hand and is a bit loose with the handle.


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