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.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
ARM STRENGTH: 4.0
DECISION MAKING: 2.0
POCKET AWARENESS: 1.5
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