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Donald Brown (RB)
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 210
College: Connecticut
Conference: AAC
Hometown: Atlantic Highlands, NJ
High School: Red Bank Catholic
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Selected by: Indianapolis Colts
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 27 (27)
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Pick Analysis: The elusive runner from Connecticut has outstanding speed, quickness and vision. He excels at running between the tackles and is an ideal fit in the Colts' zone-based running game. With Joseph Addai suffering from durability issues, Brown could blossom as a rotational player.
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Overview

Brown will not only be missed on the field for the Huskies, but also off it. He had become the university's "poster child" for his work within the community and recently began work on organizing a mentoring program for high school players from the New Jersey Shore League that produced Brown and Georgia's Knowshon Moreno. He also unveiled plans to present the Donald Brown Player-to-Player Leadership Conference back in his home state.


Ask anyone on the Connecticut staff to name the team's hardest worker and it sounds like a choir with everyone singing the praises for Brown. Ask any teammate who they would go to for mentoring or extra help and the first name you hear is Brown's. "Donnie understands the importance of giving back and how to prepare for life after football," his former head coach at Red Bank Catholic High School, Frank Edgerly, recently said. "He has a great perspective on life."


During his prep days, Brown was named first-team all-division, All-Monmouth County and All-Jersey Shore, in addition to earning second-team all-state honors as a senior. The Divisional Offensive MVP and team captain rushed for 2,032 yards and scored 27 touchdowns that year. The recipient of the All-American Scholar Award, he also lettered six times on the school's indoor and outdoor track teams.


Brown enrolled at Connecticut in 2005, where he was the top offensive player on the Huskies' scout team while redshirting that season. In 2006, Brown earned All-Big East Conference recognition, taking over as the team's starting tailback for four games after Terry Caulley was injured.


He led the team with 896 yards and seven touchdowns on 161 carries (5.6 avg.) in 12 games. He ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on just nine attempts in his college debut vs. Rhode Island and totaled 205 yards rushing vs. Pittsburgh, the 14th time a Connecticut player totaled more than 200 yards on the ground in a game.


Brown was primed for a banner sophomore campaign, but after starting the first five games, he suffered an ankle sprain vs. Akron and when he returned, he was used in a reserve role. Undaunted, he still piled up 821 yards on 170 runs (4.8 avg.) that included eight touchdowns.


In 2008, Brown won his starting job back by default, as Andre Dixon, who took advantage of Brown's 2007 injury to take over as the Huskies' starting tailback, suffered the same fate in fall camp. This time, Brown would not give the job back. He became the first player in school history to lead the nation in rushing, averaging 160.23 yards per game. The nation's only 2,000-yard rusher set school and Big East Conference season records with 2,083 yards on 367 carries (5.7 avg.). He also scored on 18 rushes and finished third on the squad with 21 receptions, good for 125 yards (6.0 avg.).


High School

Attended Red Bank (N.J.) High School, playing football for head coach Frank Egerly...Named first-team all-division, All-Monmouth County and All-Jersey Shore, in addition to earning second-team all-state honors as a senior...The Divisional Offensive MVP and team captain rushed for 2,032 yards and scored 27 touchdowns that year...The recipient of the All-American Scholar Award, he also lettered six times on the school's indoor and outdoor track teams.


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Analysis

Positives: Compact build. Runs with a low center of gravity. Good speed to and through the hole. Best attributes might be his vision and stop-and-start ability. Shifty runner who can slide in and out of the hole at the point of attack and hit the seam before it really opens. Deceptively fast once he gets to the second level. Good balance to appear to lean one way to deceive the oncoming safety, only to bounce the other. At least adequate straight-line speed to gain yardage in chunks. Soft hands out of the backfield and an alert receiver. High effort player.


Negatives: A bit narrow in his shoulders and might lack the frame to add much weight. Might lack the bulk and leg drive to be a true bell-cow runner at the NFL level. Lacks elite speed to breakaway from NFL defenders. Marginal size and strength as a pass blocker. Struggles of past Connecticut backs to translate their collegiate success to the NFL will force some teams to pause on draft day, especially considering the role left tackle William Beatty -- himself a first-day prospect -- had on Brown's success.


Injury Report

2007: Suffered a left ankle/foot sprain vs. Akron (9/29)...Forced to wear a protective boot for two weeks, sitting out the next game vs. Virginia (10/13).


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