Alex Brown

South Carolina State
CB

Prospect Info

College
South Carolina State
Hometown
Class
SC
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
183 lbs
33”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

4.93
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

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Brown has been a productive player for the Gamecocks the past three years. He played in 10 games in 2016 (26 tackles, seven pass breakups), then became a playmaker in 2017, topping his team with 11 pass breakups and tying for the team lead with three interceptions (also making 22 tackles). He started 11 games in 2018, garnering second-team All-MEAC honors and posting 42 tackles, two for loss, and setting team highs with four interceptions and eight pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
Explosive, fast athlete with the size of a nickel cornerback but lacking the play traits for a smooth transition inside. Brown has decent ball production and his monster workout numbers will have teams scrambling for additional tape, but he needs plenty of additional work with his patience, footwork and route recognition. His length and recovery speed are major check marks in his favor, but a practice squad spot could be the goal as he continues to work on the fundamentals of the position.
Strengths
  • Fast and extremely explosive
  • Blew the doors off of his pro day with 4.42-second 40-yard dash and 41.5-inch vertical leap
  • Outstanding arm length for a cornerback
  • Fluid hips can swivel into transitions
  • Twitchy breaks to the throw from side shuffle
  • Plays with strength to re-route and stall the release
  • Leaping and length aid ball production
  • Posted seven interceptions and 19 pass breakups over the last two years
Weaknesses
  • Needs better patience from press
  • Quick to declare feet and hips to a release fake
  • Below-average foot agility to mirror
  • Undisciplined in man coverage with footwork
  • Feet stall at the top when attempting to plant and drive from a pedal
  • Can be manipulated too easily by the route
  • Big receivers able to play over him on perimeter
  • Lacks desired physicality as tackler in run support

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league