San Diego State Senior
Has a natural feel for the game and has good hands. Has good body control and will make the diving grab and adjusts well to the throw. Uses good footwork and can work the sideline to get his feet inbounds. Is able to make a quick move after the catch and make the first defender miss and fights for extra yards. Shows good ability as a route-runner, with good burst and quickness into his routes. Shows some speed and is a nice long strider down the field. Gives some effort as a blocker and will hit his assignments downfield and can get position.
Lacks ideal speed and burst and not a game-breaker. May struggle to separate at the next level. Doesn't always do a great tracking the deep ball and at times his effort can be questioned. Is an undersized blocker and may not do a great job in traffic.
Brown reminds me a lot of Jarett Dillard, who played at Rice. He's a productive player that has a very natural feel for the position, but isn't blessed with great size or speed. But despite that, you know he's going to find a role at the next level at least as a No. 3 if not potentially as a No. 2 if he continues to put the effort into his game. A four-year starter that was their leading receiver the past three seasons. He missed most of his junior year with a thumb injury, catching 45 passes and 6 touchdowns in 6 full games he played that year. Had his best year this past year with 69 catches for 1352 yards (19.6 avg) and 10 touchdowns. Also returned 37 kickoffs for an average of 21.6 yards in his career.
Brown is a possession wideout that if he can polish up his route-running to another level, he can be an effective starter. He's not super big or fast, but with sound route-running and his feel for the game he can be an effective complementary wideout. Most likely, he'll be a good No. 3 wideout that I'd compare with Davone Bess. LIke Bess, he'll make a nice complementary guy and be productive in that role, but ideally you'd have him as the No. 3 guy rather than the No. 2 guy. While he made plays downfield in college, he'll have trouble doing that at the pro level. Because of his feel, awareness, and polish I think he can find a role in most NFL offenses fairly quickly off the bench and like Bess did as a rookie, he can be productive despite not having elite skills. Probably the upper end of his upside is like a Donald Driver, although he's probably not as fast as Driver was coming into the league. But Driver was a bit more raw and took until his fourth year before he started to produce as a starter level. More than likely, Brown is capable of giving a team 40-50 catches most years, and should be a valuable role player if not capable complementary starter.
Brown can help out the Falcons because he has skills. In their ball-control offense he can be an asset on the underneath routes because of his ability to separate and help move the chains. But he doesn't really add an explosive element to the offense and probably fits best as a slot option for the Falcons. He'd probably be better on the intermediate routes than Douglas because of his better size to make plays in traffic, but similarly he'll likely shine on routes that ask him to run 5-15 yards rather than 15-20. He could be a good No. 3 here in Atlanta, but probably doesn't have the upside or game-breaking potential the Falcons are looking for at the No. 2 spot, and thus is more of a 30-40 catch role player here.
Brown's ability to produce, yet inability to be an explosive playmaker probably means the best point in the draft to take him is the fourth round. He wouldn't be a reach late in the third round for a team looking for a complementary split end if they already have a dynamic No. 1 target.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 4.0
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