40: 4.50 (estimated)
Can play in either press or off coverage. Shows ability to keep things in front of him, and come up and deliver the hit in zone. Has good closing burst on the ball after the catch. Has decent hips and ball skills. Shows willingness on the edge in run support and able to drag down the running back in the open field. Shows some ability as a blitzer off the corner.
Doesn't get a good jam when working in press coverage and doesn't have the hips and burst to turn and run with receivers when he's working there. Gives up too much cushion in off coverage and has a tendency to open his hips too early. Has trouble defending the deeper routes and lacks burst out of his breaks. Doesn't take great angles to the ball in run support, and will miss stops. Ducks his head and does a poor job wrapping up. Tackles too high and doesn't break down in space. Can get caught looking in the backfield and out of position too often.
Teams will like Brown because he offers good size and speed combo, but he makes too many mental mistakes and lacks the ball skills and awareness to really be trusted with anything besides a nickel role. He's not very good in run support, and while he looks like he could be a safety, his inabiity to perform there means that a potential conversion down the road isn't really in the cards. A two-year starter at Colorado, he combined for 5 picks and 20 pass breakups his last two years along with 112 tackles.
Honestly, I think Brown is only going to be a No. 4 corner at the next level. He just doesn't have the hips, ball skills, or awareness to make me think he can be trusted with a significant role on defense. He can play special teams and be good in that role, but as far as performing on defense, he needs a lot of work. He has nice tools with a good combo of size and speed, but that's about all he has. He doesn't play as physical as a player with his size should. He's not bad, but I think the minute someone tries to put him in the nickel for an extended period of time, he's probably going to struggle. Unless he shines on specail teams, it's just hard for me seeing him having a long career in the pros. Maybe three or four years down the road, he might have developed enough that he might be a decent No. 3, but more than likely he's going to be more valuable to his second team than the one that drafts him.
Brown would add size to the Falcons cornerback position, but not necessarily a ton of skill. HIs best value for the Falcons is adding depth and giving the team another corner that can potentailly develop into a depth role down the road. But more than likely he'd only be the No. 5 guy in Atlanta initially, and struggle to move up beyond the No. 4 role at any point in the future.
For a team looking for depth at corner, he might merit a fifth or sixth round pick at the earliest.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Man Coverage: 2.5
Zone Coverage: 2.5
Ball Skills: 2.0
Scouting reports of the cornerbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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