Tony Brown

Alabama
CB

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Beaumont, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
199 lbs
31 1/2”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.49
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.35
Seconds
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
126.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.78
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.11
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.14
Seconds
 
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Brown was a top-10 national football recruit out of Beaumont, Texas, who excelled on the track as much as on the gridiron. In fact, the 2013 Texas Class 4A 100-meter champion was also the state's Mr. Football that year. He won the 110-meter hurdles in the Junior Olympics and USA Junior Nationals, and participates on the Tide's track squad on relays and as a hurdler. Coaches got Brown on the field in 13 games as a true freshman in 2014, starting two and making 10 tackles. He was a reserve and special teams ace (eight coverage tackles) as a sophomore before earning more playing time in 2016 (32 tackles, 2.5 for loss, two interceptions). Brown played in all 14 games of his senior year, starting once and making 31 stops, an interception, and two pass breakups. He had his issues while at school, being sent home before the team's 2015 bowl game, and then suspended indefinitely by the NCAA for unspecified reasons (reported for failed drug tests). The suspension was limited to the first four games of the 2016 season on appeal.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Johnson Bademosi
Overview
Brown is a physical nickel cornerback with a major in run support and a minor in special teams cover talent. Brown has too much tightness in his lower half to match routes and make plays on the ball, but his ability to support the run could lead teams to beef him up and try him at a hybrid linebacker role in sub-packages. Brown is going to run well at the Combine and should be drafted on the third day for his special teams talent alone.
Strengths
  • Built like a safety with muscular arms and thick, well-defined lowers
  • Nickel cornerback with good toughness
  • Eager and aggressive in run support
  • Punch can rattle pads of slot blockers before discarding
  • Launches himself into contact
  • Size/speed prospect
  • Able to turn and run hip-to-hip with just about anyone
  • Expected to run well at Combine
  • Plus downhill closing burst from off-man coverage
  • Core special teams talent all day long
  • Offers immediate kick coverage value as one of the first down the field and has experience as gunner in punt team
Weaknesses
  • Hip and ankle tightness creates movement limitations
  • Clunky in early stages of opening hips to run
  • Plays with narrow base and displays balance concerns in coverage
  • Linear mover who is unable to make sudden directional changes
  • Lateral transitions are sluggish
  • Allows excessive separation out of breaks
  • Very low rate of ball production with quarterbacks playing pitch and catch in front of him
  • Doesn't turn to find the ball downfield
  • Overshoots his target as tackler in space
Sources Tell Us

"He's not going to make plays in passing game, but he's really physical against the run. When you draft him you know he's going to immediately help you on special teams and against the run if he has to play so there is value there." - 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