Jordan Brown

South Dakota State

Prospect Info

College
South Dakota State
Hometown
Class
AZ
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
201 lbs
30 1/2”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.63
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 7 ‧ Pick 9
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.51u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
13
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
39.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
128.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

Playlist

Brown came to SDSU as a wide receiver after earning All-Arizona honors at the position as a junior and senior. He split time between receiver and cornerback, however, during his 2014 redshirt season. Coaches stuck him on defense the following year in 11 games (one start, seven tackles, three pass breakups), and then he became a stalwart in the secondary in 2016 (13 starts, 40 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups). Missouri Valley Football Conference coaches named him first-team all-league in 2017 after he led the Jackrabbits with nine pass breakups and three forced fumbles, in addition to 72 tackles, three for loss, and three interceptions. Brown was a first-team all-conference pick again in 2018 while also garnering third-team All-American honors from the Associated Press. In 13 starts, he was credited with 29 tackles, three interceptions and a team-high 12 pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Chris Culliver
Overview
Late bloomer who came to school as a skinny wide receiver with 4.7 speed and leaves with outstanding height, weight, speed measurements and a shot to go on Day 2 as a cornerback. Brown's athletic ability and recovery speed increases his opportunities to make plays and flip the field, but he needs to trust his instincts and sharpen his eyes. If a coach can improve his assertiveness against big ball-winners, he has the physical and play traits to become one of the surprise cornerbacks in this draft.
Strengths
  • Prototype for height, weight, speed at the position
  • Elite level athletic ability with rare fluidity for size
  • Traits and cover talent are scheme independent
  • Above-average ball production as three-year starter
  • Feet and hips to mirror and trace routes from press or off
  • Good bend and balance to stay connected to multi-breaks
  • Long speed to handle vertical challenges
  • Stick and click twitch to smother routes underneath
  • Above-average closing skill
  • Former wideout with soft hands and feel for attacking passing lane
  • Weather-tested
Weaknesses
  • Plays light for being a bigger cornerback
  • Gets out-muscled at break point too often
  • Unusually short arms for a tall cornerback
  • Lack of length shows up at times and could hinder trail technique
  • Needs to play more assertively against size
  • Gives away critical body positioning in potential 50-50 situations
  • Needs better eye-balance to read quarterback clues
  • Can improve his read and squeeze off routes from off coverage
  • Will get jostled and bounced as run supporter.
Sources Tell Us

"He's big and can run and that's what we need. Hell, that's what everybody needs now. He's not soft, but I just wish he had more dog in him to impose his presence on receivers. If he had that, he would be a top-40 pick." -- Director of scouting for NFC team
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