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Combine Results

Grade
52.6 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 213LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/8" Hands

Overview

Brown was one of the top receiver recruits in the country coming out of Memphis, drawing the interest of many schools after winning Tennessee's Mr. Football award for 2008 (accumulated 1,785 all-purpose yards, 19 TD as a senior). Also played basketball in high school and was named to the 2008 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Division 2-A All-State Team.



He earned enough respect from Georgia coaches to play in eight contests as a true freshman, but only caught two passes for 15 yards, both against his home-state Volunteers. Though Brown played in 12 games as a reserve in 2010, earning the team's Most Improved Player award on offense, an October shoulder injury hurt his progress (11-133, one TD for the year). Again he was hindered by maladies in 2011 (15-234, three TD), playing through a torn tendon in his right ring finger but missing two games due to a left ankle sprain. As a senior, in eight games, Brown managed to catch 27 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns. Brown's season ended prematurely, as he tore his ACL in a victory against Ole Miss.

Analysis

Strengths

Tall, strong pass-catcher with potential. Was used inside to create mismatches with his height, but also to take advantage of his surprising foot quickness to get off the line and making cuts. Possesses size, strength and stride to be a vertical threat on the outside, as well. Presents a big target over the middle with his frame and catch radius. Snatches the ball in front of his frame and can adjust for high and wide throws adeptly. Red zone weapon. Comes back for the ball when the quarterback scrambles. Works hard after the catch, uses length to stiff-arm defensive backs trying to make a tackle. Willing run blocker who chases down targets and uses his length and agility to sustain downfield.

Weaknesses

Has had injury and consistency issues throughout his career. Loses concentration on easier throws when trying to make a play before securing the ball. Straight-line speed is a question mark. Must prove he can use his hands to beat NFL defenders in press whether lined up outside or inside, as well as extend his arms to gain separation downfield. Long legs allow him to be tripped up in space and gives defenders a lot of area to tackle in tight quarters.

NFL Comparison

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Bottom Line

Brown is a physically imposing receiver who had great expectations as Tennessee’s Mr. Football winner as the state’s top high school player in 2008. Injuries throughout his career have really derailed his growth as a prospect. Brown’s size and surprising quickness will surely intrigue teams in the undrafted free agent process if he shows that he's fully recovered from his ACL tear.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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