Isn't nearly as physical down the field with receivers as he is off the line and can be pushed around/outmuscled in short areas when fighting for the football. Displays some savvy in zone when asked to read the quarterback’s eyes and click and close the football, but again will get overextended too easily in his lower half when trying to redirect and struggles to quickly/cleanly close on the football.
Impression: Has experience playing both on the outside and in the slot, but doesn't look real proficient in any area of the game at this stage. Looks more like an intriguing size/speed developmental prospect to me."
Weaknesses: Aggressive player who gets burned by reading the backfield instead of staying with his assignment. Picked on quite often playing across from CB Jimmy Smith. Smaller receivers can out-jump or out-work him to the ball. Needs to break down in space more consistently to wrap up elusive ballcarriers instead of ducking his head or leaving his feet."
Ball Skills: He has the hands to cut in front of the receiver to make the tough interception, but does not take enough chances at making the big play, rather make the safe play. Turns head to locate ball while in the air. He uses his quick feet to get in position to break up the pass.
Body Control: Brown is a very good athlete and for a CB that stands at 6 feet he is very coordinated and consistently stays over feet and under control when adjusting and changing directions very fast.
Instincts/Recognition: Excellent man-to-man instincts and awareness. Sometimes get caught looking into backfield at QB and can get beat on double moves when not focused on receiver. Reads and reacts well when in tight man coverage and zone coverage. He is a little inconsistent reacting quickly in off coverage.
Man Coverage/Turning Ability/Press Skill: Brown has the size and strength to jam receivers at the line. He does a very good job of staying on receiver’s hip all over the field in tight man coverage. Has the foot quickness and loose hips to turn and run with any receiver.
Pursuit: Brown can turn and run quickly to chase down plays and make the tackle. Very good at closing when he has an angle on a receiver. He also has a good short area burst to close on the pass and/or receiver.
Speed: Brown has the playing speed to stay on the receiver’s hip deep down the field. He does not have elite speed, but shows explosiveness in a short area. He has quick feet and uses them well to plant, turn, and drive on the receiver or to make a play on the pass to break up. He can close on a receiver quickly when he has an angle, but if beaten at the line by someone who has elite speed he sometimes struggles to recover.
Tackling/Run Support: Brown is a very good tackler in run support. He tackles well out in space. When he attacks and is aggressive he can deliver a punishing blow. He is very strong and can lay the wood to the ball carrier or receiver.
Zone Coverage: Brown reads QB/Pass fast and can make plays on passes in front. He can close quickly to either break up the pass or make the tackle. He has very good range and ball skills. He will struggle sometimes with the small elite speed receivers who can catch and make a move quickly in front of him.
Final Word: Brown has good size, playing strength, and toughness. When he stays low in backpedal he can turn and run without losing a step. However, when he gets high in pedal he does not flip hips as well and often loses a step and lacks the explosive catch up burst to get back into good coverage position. He has the ability to be a very good pro in the NFL. He is a mid 2nd-3rd round prospect. He would be ideal in a man-to-man scheme. He also by what I have seen with his playing strength to jam receivers, short area quickness and burst, toughness, and willingness to come up in run support and make tackles makes me believe he would also make a pretty good Cover 2 corner as well. Teams like the Colts, Buccaneers, Bears, and Titans would be an ideal fit for his skill set."
Positive: Nice-sized cornerback with the athletics skills for the next level. Works to jam opponents at the line of scrimmage, is quick flipping his hips in transition, and fights hard to defend passes. Displays the ability to run downfield with opponents, reads receivers' eyes, and gets his head back around to locate the pass in the air. Has good hands.
Negative: Very quick out of his backpedal. Consistently loses positioning against opponents. Gets out-muscled or out-positioned by lesser receivers.
Analysis: After a terrific junior season, Brown watched his game take a step back last year. He possesses the measurables to start at the next level but must learn to do the little things consistently to have a productive career in the NFL."
Negatives: Doesn't seem to play with a consistently high motor, not a guy who always flies around the field... Needs to do a better job of breaking down and forming up in the open field, has the tendency to drop his helmet and lunge a bit... Does not have overwhelming ball skills, has made a few impressive interceptions, but does not have the greatest hands in most situations... Looks a little stiff in the hips, body control is not the greatest... Change-of-direction skills are sub-par... Well make mistakes and get beat deep... Instincts are just average at best, tends to gamble too often and jump routes leaving a man wide open."
Weaknesses: Not an elite athlete like Smith. Not a physical tackler despite his tremendous weightroom strength. Doesn't break down well, catches ballcarriers rather than attacking them, and at times seems to shy away from contact.
Projection: Late-round pick or free agent, but has a chance to stick on a roster because NFL teams can never get enough cover guys. If he played the run as well as he plays the pass, would be a mid-round pick."
The Colorado secondary is often put in bad situations due to the lack of pressure from the front four, but Brown continues to put up decent numbers in 2010. Brown is not the quickest defensive back in this class, but he is among the strongest. That strength makes him difficult to beat off the line of scrimmage and also makes him a decent free safety, which he has occasionally played throughout his collegiate career.
NFL teams will want to see his true size before they start thinking of him as a free safety who can play some corner. The 6-1 listing is probably a little generous and that will probably make him a cornerback in the NFL. At the least, he is a hardworking player who can make a huge impact on special teams and work his way into the cornerback rotation on an NFL roster."
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