Photo of Blair Brown
Drafted By: Jaguars
  • Round 5
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 148

Combine Results

Grade
5.5 ?
  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.92 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.18 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Jacksonville adds an undersized thumper to their linebacker unit. With the history of injuries they've experienced on defense, it wouldn't surprise if Brown sees early reps on defense and outperforms his draft position. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 238LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Bobcats head coach Frank Solich and his staff went into California and grabbed an all-league pick in Brown before the 2012 season, and it proved to be a great move by the time his career was complete. He joined defensive end Terrell Basham as a first-team All-MAC pick in 2016, leading the team with 128 stops, 15 of which went for losses, and 4.5 sacks. Brown redshirted his first year at OU, and then played in seven games as a reserve in 2013 (17 tackles, TFL). He earned a starting nod for eight games in 2014 (55 tackles, four TFL, sack) and 11 in 2015 (65 tackles, 4.5 TFL) before having his breakout campaign.

Analysis

Strengths

Downhill linebacker always looking to make plays in the opponent's living room. Very instinctive. Key reader who trusts his eyes and is quick to pull the trigger and rocket into gaps if he sees an opening. Generally plays ahead of blocks. Possesses an urgent, physical mindset. Extremely efficient tackle finisher who very rarely lets one get away. Quick to find football on play action and at the mesh point of zone reads. Plays with little hesitation. Sniffs out screens almost immediately. Scrapes with square pads and a controlled, balanced slide. Has good play strength and attacks iso-blocks with leverage. Good short-area burst to close out running backs. Can drop into space and shows the ability to drag running backs on swing routes.

Weaknesses

Has short arms and lacks desired length at the position. Needs to improve his hand usage rather than always taking on blocks with his shoulder. Can get stuck to blocks once a long-armed tackle gets into him. May not have the pure speed to recover to the perimeter if he takes a bad angle against the run. Lacks slightly in change of direction fluidity. May have issues handling man coverage on the next level. Can be too relaxed when dropping into space. Has had no passes defensed over the last two seasons.

Draft Projection

Round 4-5

NFL Comparison

Gary Brackett

Bottom Line

Brown isn't going to check off the "physical traits" boxes for teams who always prioritize height-length-speed at linebacker, but he gets a big check mark in the "find ball, get ball" box. He's instinctive and has the play strength and leverage to fight through blocks and make his way into tackling position. Despite just one season of high-end tackle production, he has the anticipation, athleticism and toughness to make a roster and eventually challenge for playing time.
-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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