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Andre Brown (RB)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 224
College: N.C. State
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Greenville, NC
High School: Greenville Rose
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Selected by: New York Giants
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 29 (129)
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Pick Analysis: Brown is a steal at this point in the draft. The Giants do a good job with picking their players. He really made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl and flashed outstanding skills. He's got receiving talent and gives the Giants a great replacement for Derrick Ward.
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Overview

After playing in a running back by committee situation his first three years at State, Brown finally was given his opportunity to be the team's full-time starter as a senior. Despite his excellent playing speed, he relished his role as the team's inside runner, dishing out more punishment than he received with his excellent size, bulk and strength.


The tailback started 30 of 44 games he appeared in for the Wolfpack, finishing eighth on the school's career-record list with 2,539 yards. He placed seventh all-time with 523 carries and his 22 rushing touchdowns were good for ninth in State history.


Brown also proved to be more than just a one-dimensional player. He pulled down 70 receptions as the short-yardage receiver. He also averaged 20.0 yards on 17 kickoff returns, as the tailback would end his career by amassing 3,511 all-purpose yards to go with 24 touchdowns, ranking eighth on the school career-record chart.


Brown was a Parade All-American as a senior at Greenville Rose High School in 2003, when he was also named North Carolina's Associated Press Player of the Year. He scored 47 times during his career and set the state season record with 3,479 yards rushing as a senior, averaging 12.2 yards per attempt to lead the team to the state Class 4A title.


Prior to enrolling at North Carolina State in 2005, Brown spent the 2004 semester at Hargrave Military Academy to improve his grades. He improved his classroom work so much, that he received Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a freshman.


Brown made The Sporting News' Freshman All-ACC squad in 2005, starting the final five games. That season, State's Most Valuable Offensive Back gained 667 yards with six scores on 129 carries (5.2 avg.), as he also averaged 10.9 yards on seven receptions and 21.9 yards on nine kickoff returns.


As a sophomore, Brown became the 21st player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career. He started seven times in 12 games, producing 658 yards on 124 attempts (5.3 avg.) that included four touchdowns. He also returned seven kickoffs for an 18.7-yard average.


Proving that he was "tough as nails," Brown suffered a foot fracture vs. Florida State and underwent surgery in 2006. The doctors felt that he would be lost for the rest of the season, but he missed only four games before returning to action. He averaged 4.7 yards on 95 rushes that totaled 447 yards with five touchdowns. He also became much more involved in the passing game, latching on to 25 passes for 198 yards (7.8 avg.).


Brown's final campaign almost got off to a rough start as he fractured his left foot again in spring drills and was forced to have a second surgical procedure. He underwent a grueling rehab program and went on to start all 13 games. He finished his final campaign with 175 carries for a career-high 767 yards (4.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He also made 29 catches for 309 yards (10.7 avg.) and a pair of scores.


High School

Attended Greenville (N.C.) Rose High School, playing football for head coach Greg Thomas...Parade All-American as a senior...Named North Carolina's Associated Press Player of the Year...Scored 47 times during his career and set the state season record with 3,479 yards rushing as a senior, averaging 12.2 yards per attempt to lead the team to the state Class 4A title.


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Analysis

Positives: Tall and thick in upper and lower bodies. Strong straight-ahead runner. Nimble enough to sidestep and find a running lane. Lowers his pads to run over tacklers. Will keep his legs churning in short-yardage situations and carry linebackers and safeties for a few yards. Able to stand up to blitzing linebackers. Productive receiver who is a mismatch against safeties in the open field.


Negatives: Runs tall. Lacks elite speed, taking a few steps to get going. Inconsistent hands out of the backfield, body-catches too often. Tends to dance in the hole if there is anyone in his sight. Does not have the quickness to make defenders miss once stopped. Must have more awareness of blitzers off the edge.


Injury Report

2007: Sat out the East Carolina, Virginia, Miami and North Carolina games after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured bone in his left foot suffered in the Florida State clash.


2008: Again broke the bone in his left foot during spring drills, undergoing a second surgical procedure.


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