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 Post subject: Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:00 am 
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JARRETT BROWN
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West Virginia Senior

PROS: Has a strong arm that shows ability to drive the ball downfield. Has excellent mobility and does a good job scrambling. Can extend plays and does a nice job throwing on the run. Is an effective runner in the open field because of his quickness, speed, and strength. Hard to bring down in the open field, and even shows a nice stiff arm as a runner.
CONS: Needs to improve his accuracy and decision making. Will miss on some easy throws, and needs to improve his touch. Forces too many passes. Doesn't anticipate throws. Doesn't do a good job going through progressions and will stare down receivers. Not comfortable throwing from the pocket, holds onto the ball too long, and doesn't read the defense quickly enough. Needs to improve his footwork. Trusts his legs too much. Needs to improve his ball security when he's running and also working to create space in the pocket.
OVERVIEW: He has the physical tools you like to see in a quarterback prospect with his arm and mobility, but he's a raw passer. Only started 1 year at WVU after sitting behind Pat White for three years.
NFL FORECAST: Brown is a similar prospect to D.J. Shockley in that he sat for many years and was capable in his single year as a starter. Brown has better physical tools than Shockley, but he too will be forced to hold the clipboard for most his early NFL career. It's possible that with more experience he could improve his decision making, footwork, and pocket awareness to make himself into a competent NFL backup. But he isn't a threat to be a starter. Doesn't show the flashes of NFL passing potential to make you think he's really more than a long-term No. 3 option. But he does have the size, strength, and athletic ability that if a team wants to get something from him early in his NFL career, he should make a position change to wide receiver. He'd be a raw option there and would need quite a bit of work, but he'd likely be able to contribute in two or three years as a reserve receiver before he contributes as a passer. Some team is going to take a chance on Brown because they like his physical tools and potential. But more than likely four or five years from now, he'll be out of the league or won't have shown significant improvement just like Shockley. He could be a better option than Pat White as a wildcat quarterback because he's a more physical runner.
ATL FORECAST: Brown is a bigger, stronger version of Shockley, and thus probably has a bit better long-term potential than him because of it. But he's no more likely to develop down the road, and the team wouldn't really be upgrading. Brown would flash his skills as a preseason passer, but never put the complete package together to be a trusted No. 2 option and would be in a similar position four years down the road to where Shockley is now, barely hanging onto the roster.
VALUE: If a team is willing to roll the dice on him as a receiver, I'd say take him in the fifth or sixth round as a project. Otherwise, I'd only draft him as a clipboard holding No. 3 quarterback in the seventh round at best.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

ARM STRENGTH: 4.0
ACCURACY: 2.0
MOBILITY: 4.5
DECISION MAKING: 2.0
MECHANICS: 2.0
POCKET AWARENESS: 1.5
INTANGIBLES: 2.5

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 Post subject: Re: Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia
PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:33 am 
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Pros: Has a very strong arm and can make all the NFL throws. He has good size, strength and is very mobile. He is a serious threat to tuck the ball down to gain yardage with his legs, making him a potential dual-threat quarterback. He has good zip on his passes and can make throws to the sideline easily, and throws well on the run whether he is scrambling or on a designed roll-out. He flashes good accuracy and throws a pretty good deep ball. Has a pretty clean release and doesn’t have a serious mechanical issue with it.

Cons: His accuracy is very inconsistent. He will miss some easy throws and at times struggles to put appropriate touch on passes, such as shorter throws or throws into the flat. He doesn’t read defenses very well and like most spread offense QB’s he rarely goes through more than one or two progressions on any given play before he is coached to check down or in Brown’s case to scramble and try to pick up yardage with his legs. He doesn’t read defenses very well and will have to learn to do so under center, not just in shotgun like he did regularly in West Virginia’s more spread-oriented offense. He has a clean release but needs to work out some issues with his footwork, and he can’t be very comfortable with his 3, 5 and 7 step drops yet despite time in the Senior Bowl. He also has limited pocket awareness and regularly looks to scramble out of the pocket. This is partially because he is very effective outside of the pocket but it is also because he is uncomfortable standing tall in the pocket in the face of pressure and continuing to go through his progressions. I am also unsure of how good his intangibles are, and he has limited starting experience in college.

Overall: Jarrett Brown has some potential and he is a talented player. He is very mobile, throws well on the run and has a very strong arm that meshes well with his impressive size. Unfortunately he is a pretty inconsistent passer because his accuracy comes and goes. He will need a good QB coach to help him work out some of his mechanical issues, especially pertaining to his footwork. He can learn to read defenses, make his drops appropriately and he can straighten out his mechanics if he is willing to work at it, but I am not sure how good his work ethic and intangibles are. I am confident that they are above-average however. He is very much a developmental prospect and he is probably three years away from potentially having the skills to enter a game as a starter. As a rookie he will almost certainly be a #3 QB, but as he gains experience and continues to get good coaching he could develop into a quality #2. If he can make strides with his footwork he could eventually get a shot as a starter, though that opportunity is like 3-4 years away. In my opinion his ceiling is a solid starter after years as a backup learning the ropes, and his floor is being a career backup and potentially only a #3 on the depth chart.

Projection: 5th-6th round: He has potential but he is too inconsistent and needs to have some significant coaching and development before he will even be a reliable backup. That hurts his value, but QB’s with his combination of size, arm strength and mobility are intriguing. That will help him get a shot, probably in the 5th-6th round range in my opinion. He could go a little earlier, but it would be a slight reach in my estimation because he is years of development away from potentially contributing, even as a backup.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

ARM STRENGTH: 4.5
ACCURACY: 2.0
MOBILITY: 4.5
DECISION MAKING: 2.0
MECHANICS: 2.0
POCKET AWARENESS: 1.5
INTANGIBLES: 2.0

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