Photo of ANDREW BROWN
Grade
5.39 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 285LBS. Weight

Overview

Brown won the prestigious Gatorade National Player of the Year award after his senior year at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. The top ten overall recruit and Parade All-American did not make a big splash early in his Cavs career, however. He played in just six games as a true freshman (four tackles, 0.5 for loss) and 10 contests (one start) the following year, making a total of six stops, 2.5 for loss, and a sack. Finally, Brown earned a starting role in the 2016 season, 10 times in 12 games played). Playing hand-down on the strong side and occasionally as a stand-up rusher inside, he used his length and explosiveness to lead Virginia with 13 tackles for loss (38 total tackles) and bringing down opposing quarterbacks six times. He played well again in 2017, starting all 13 games up front, making 46 stops, 10.5 for loss, with 3.5 sacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Times up the snap and has an rabid get-off with every part of his body engaged and attacking. Able to shoot gaps or get into blockers first. Plays with forward lean and generates some momentum after snap. Looks to defeat reach blocks with energy and upper body strength. Won't just sit on blocks. Actively fights and claws to free himself and join in the chase. Hands have some heavy in them. Able to create adequate pocket push as bull rusher. Urgent motor keeps his play speed high and his pursuit unending. Hard work leads to tackles. Size gives him some position flexibility.

Weaknesses

Slow-twitch player with heavy legs. When moving laterally, upper body is way out in front of his slow feet. Plays too straight legged when battling at point of attack. Strong forward charge makes him much easier to cut. Missing burst ability to close down run lanes from the backside when unblocked. Much of his production comes from slants rather than point of attack wins. Hands lack quickness and skill. Offers very little as a pass rusher. Face-up rusher who is easy to find and can't flip his hips around the edge.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

Sources Tell Us

"He will give you everything he's got and he's got good size so he has a chance. But if you can't rush at all and you aren't a very good athlete, then you go way down the pecking order on our draft board." - AFC team regional scout

Bottom Line

Brown has decent NFL and plays as hard as anyone could want, but he doesn't have a resume filled with high impact plays because of his lack of explosiveness and overall quickness. Brown doesn't have the rush talent to play on passing downs and he may have to try to make his living as a rotational defender at the 4i or 5-technique spots for 3-4 teams. His effort, size and toughness give him a shot at making a team.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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