6-2/256 Florida State
Pros: Has excellent edge speed and an explosive ﬁrst step. Does a good job turning the corner, closing on quarterback and does a nice job stripping the ball. Has a developing spin move. He's physical for his size and shows good coachability since his awareness and recognition improve as the game wears on. Can make plays in space.
Cons: Overly relies on edge speed, and struggles if he doesn't beat a guy right off the snap. Gets engulfed at the point of attack vs. the run, and doesn't get off blocks. Wears down as the game wears on. Needs work in coverage.
Overview: He's a project as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but is a bit more natural as a defensive end. Brown struggled at times with athletic tackles that weren't so easily beat off the snap, and was obviously frustrated by this fact. He is reminiscent of Terrell Suggs.
NFL Forecast: The reason you like Brown is because very few players come along with his burst and explosive ﬁrst step. He needs to develop some pass rush moves however if he wants to stick as a defensive end. Right now, he'd be dangerous as a situational pass rusher. The type of guy that if teams don't watch out could have a big rookie year like Jevon Kearse. But once teams adjust to the fact that he's purely an edge guy, his effectiveness could decrease signiﬁcantly. If he develops pass rush moves and gets stronger and better vs. the run, he'll make a solid starter. He'll never be great vs. the run, but if he's getting 10-15 sacks a year, no one is really going to care that much. As a linebacker prospect, he could impact several years down the road, but he's a work in progress because of his lacking coverage ability. But his learning curve shouldn't be too bad since he shows coachability, intelligence, and better awareness than most players of his ilk.
ATL Forecast: Brown would best ﬁt as an edge rusher in Atlanta. He would be a good player to team with Abraham early on, but then within two or three years should be able to take over for him as the team's top pass rusher. He'll play right away as a situational pass rusher, but after two or three years if his repertoire of moves has improved, he'll be an unquestioned starter.
Value: Brown is deﬁnitely worth a ﬁrst round pick, that should go in the Top 15, but doesn't have quite enough polish for me to really love his potential as a Top 10 pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
PASS RUSH: 4.0
POINT OF ATTACK: 2.0
Scouting Reports of defensive ends in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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