40: 4.40 (estimated)
Has good size and speed to compete with receivers at the next level. Shows ability to turn and run with receivers, and has pretty good hips and burst out of his breaks. Can work in either press or off coverage, although probably a better fit in the latter. Breaks down and can make the stop on the edge, and shows ability to make open field tackles. Works as a punt returner and shows shiftiness and quickness to make guys miss in space, as well as the speed to get to the edge.
Doesn't have great hips and will struggle transitioning from his backpedal and will occasionally stumble out of his breaks. Doesn't have great ball skills and will have trouble locating the ball on the deep pass quickly.
Brown has the ability to compete at the next level as a starter, although he lacks the ball skills, technique, and footwork to think he will be a top notch starter. But his value on special teams should allow him to be a solid role player if not quality starter for some NFL team. A two-year starter that combined for 79 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 picks, and 22 pass breakups in those years. He also returned 14 punts for 199 yards (14.2 avg) and recorded 35 special teams tackles during his career. His uncle, Hosea Taylor played defensive end with the Baltimore Colts (1981-83).
Brown has potential to develop as a starter at the next level, but if he does it will be most likely as a No. 2 guy. He has the tools to compete with quality receivers, such as Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller, although not quite the skill to shut them down. But even if he doesn't develop as a starter, he should be able to solidify a nickel role and be a valuable performer on special teams. He can return punts and work in coverage and that will definitely keep him on a roster even if his defensive prowess never develops. Texas usually has a pretty good track record as far as producing quality NFL defensive backs. In terms of his upside it's probably close to Cedric Griffin in terms of being a quality No. 2 corner, although he's not as physical as Griffin is and his game is probably more reminiscent of Nathan Vasher with less ball skills.
Brown could be a good addition to the Falcons secondary if he can compete for a nickel position. And while he has the potential to develop there, he's probably not a strong bet to win that job as a rookie. But he could come in and play special teams as a rookie, and then be ready to take over the nickel job or at least push for it his second year in. As a potential nickel corner, he could be good, but probably won't be great because of the lack of elite ball skills.
For a team looking for a nice No. 2 corner, Brown is a solid third round pick, although he wouldn't be a crazy reach if a team took him at the end of the second round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Man Coverage: 3.0
Zone Coverage: 2.5
Ball Skills: 3.0
Scouting reports of the cornerbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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