Andrew Brown

Virginia
DT

Prospect Info

College
Virginia
Hometown
Class
Chesapeake, VA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
296 lbs
34 1/2”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.58
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 5 ‧ Pick 21
40 Yard Dash
5.03
Seconds
 
Bench Press
31
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
101.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.51
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.48
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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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.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
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 stick at defensive end unless he does so in a 3-4 front. His weight gain up to 296 pounds at the Combine shows that he understands his living will likely be made as a high-energy, interior defender with the potential to disrupt.
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
Sources Tell Us

"Great football character and he goes hard all the time. I think he has a chance to be a good pro because he'll play inside full time and he's got some quickness to beat guards." - NFC area scout

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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