Blace Brown

Troy
DB06

Prospect Info

College
Troy
Hometown
Class
Canton, GA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
194 lbs
32”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.10
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.75
Seconds
 
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
--
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
126.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.33
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.22
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Brown is the nephew of famed Heisman Trophy winner and NFL/USFL running back Herschel Walker. His brother, Brittain, plays running back at Duke. Blace actually played in three games as a receiver and on special teams as a reserve walk-on in his first year at Troy. He redshirted in 2015 moving from receiver to cornerback. His first year at the position went quite well, as he tied for seventh nationally with six interceptions (to go with 34 tackles, four pass breakups, one start in 12 games). Brown followed that season with a first-team All-Sun Belt performance in 2017, starting 11 of 12 games played (33 tackles, five interceptions, one for a pick-six, six pass breakups). He suffered a torn ACL that kept him out of the team's bowl game but managed to return for his senior season. Brown played in all 13 games in 2018, starting the final seven (44 tackles, 1.5 for loss, one interception, six pass breakups) to garner second-team all-conference accolades.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Priority free agent
NFL Comparison
Ross Cockrell
Overview
Note-taker from off coverage with size, eyes and anticipation, but lacking burst and makeup speed. Teams may lean more heavily on 2017 tape as he seemed a step slower in 2018 after recovery from an ACL tear at the end of last year. Brown's lack of quickness to reconnect to lost routes may limit his draft stock, but his football IQ and ball skills are NFL-caliber. With more time removed from his recovery, he should be a Day 3 selection with a chance to become a quality backup and special teams contributor.
Strengths
  • Good size/length combination
  • Very smooth and fluid in his backpedal
  • Plays with above-average coverage IQ
  • Balances vision between quarterback and receiver
  • Reads combinations and dual threats
  • Posted outstanding ball production in '16 and '17 pre-ACL injury
  • Searches for optimal path to play the ball rather than the target
  • Searches and locates football early on
  • Closes and crowds when playing the 50/50 balls
  • Shows some vertical climb as leaper
  • Quick to diagnose and respond to run
  • Played gunner on punt coverage
Weaknesses
  • Play and production were uneven after suffering ACL tear at the end of last year
  • Lacked smoothness in space
  • Unable to match routes with lateral quickness
  • Some stall in plant-and-drive from top of his drop
  • Average burst to close
  • Would like to see more aggression at catch point
  • Has a tendency to mistime 50/50 leaps
  • Missing top gear to handle burners
  • Needs to become more physical in run support
  • A little bit of a grab and drag tackler
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