Ohio State Senior
40: 5.30 (estimated)
Does a nice job in short area. Shows good mean streak and works to finish his blocks. Has long arms and flashes ability to get extension when working on an island in pass protection. His bulk makes it hard for him to get pushed back into the pocket. Can pull, being most effective when he pulls outside.
Needs to do a better job initiating contact and improving his hand placement. Can overextend in pass protection and has trouble locking on. Doesn't do well locking on on the second level. And lacks ideal pop despite his size as a run blocker. Doesn't take proper angles which leads to some holding calls. When pulling inside, he can be a bit slow and will take false steps unable to bring his weight to bear on the defender.
Browning has the bulk and size you want in an interior player, but his technique and polish are raw and need a lot of work. He's effective in college, but will have trouble matching up with better NFL defenders. Started every game (39) the past three seasons, with his two most recent years at right guard, and his sophomore year at right tackle.
He projects best as a reserve. He just isn't polished enough or have the sort of upside you think that he can ever be a permanent starter. His past experience playing tackle offers him some potential as a utility guy, but he's too athletically limited to think he has much of a chance playing outside in the pros. If given time to develop, he can be a nice backup guard, but he doesn't really bring a lot to the table either in run blocking or pass protection. And he'll have trouble sticking right away because of those things. If he can hang around for a couple of summers, then by his third or fourth year I could see him sticking on a roster. But I would be shocked if he's still in the league six or more years from now.
Browning can come in and compete for a backup role in Atlanta, but he would be very unlikely to land one. The best he could hope for is a practice squad spot, but because he doesn't offer as much versatility as other players, he would be unlikely to land such a role.
Browning because of how tough it will be for him to stick right away isn't really worth a draft pick. He's a good free agent prospect to bring into camp to push for a role.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Blocking: 2.0
Run Blocking: 2.5
Mean Streak: 3.0
Scouting reports of the centers, guards, and tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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