Photo of Jatavis Brown
Drafted By: Chargers
Grade
5.5 ?

Draft Analysis:

Brown is a highly athletic, rangy 2nd level defender but he's somewhat of a 'tweener because of his size. Still, in today's NFL, range and cover skills are coveted regardless of size. He'll see some time in subpackages. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 227LBS. Weight

Overview

Brown was the 2015 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, and was a three-time first-team All-MAC selection. In 2015, Brown set school records with 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He also holds the school record for career tackles for loss with 41.5.

Analysis

Strengths

Consistent and productive for three, straight seasons. Tremendous play speed and acceleration to cut off angles and catch running backs around the corner. Ran a 4.47 at regional combine. Explosive athlete with serious twitch. Glides and mirrors. Can outrace blockers to the spot. Rangy, but will squeeze backside. Team-­oriented and not looking to play hero-ball. Instinctive and sniffs out misdirection plays. Attempts to disrupt tight ends getting into routes and has some cover ability. Uses quickness and burst to the quarterback to rack up sacks as blitzer.

Weaknesses

Built like a safety and more of a hybrid fit than a true NFL linebacker. Can be swallowed whole by climbing linebackers who get their mitts on him. Needs to add more slippery to his game to avoid the bigs. Lack of play strength and mechanics will show up with his tackling. Allowed four broken tackles and slides off his targets rather than running feet through the finish. Redirect blocks can end his pursuit.

Draft Projection

Round 3

Bottom Line

Most teams might see a player as a 4-3 WILL linebacker or a box safety in sub packages. Brown has real closing burst and play speed that translates to the NFL, but his frame and inconsistency as a tackler against bigger running backs will hurt his cause. Brown's athleticism has NFL teams feeling some type of way, which means he's likely to go late Day 2 or early Day 3.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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