Scouting report: Andre Brown

Andre Brown

6'0, 224 pounds | N.C. State | Running back

Strengths:
Brown is a strong running back with NFL size. He runs with power and has good body lean. His strength allows him to break tackles, even against linebackers. A powerful inside runner. When Brown sees a crease, he has the quickness to hit it and burst through with power. Does a nice job keeping his legs pumping through traffic. One of the best pass-catching running backs in this year's class. Has natural hands and runs routes fairly well. Good enough as a blocker for a back, but he does need to improve some.

Weaknesses: A to recruit coming out of high school, Brown had an injury-riddled career with the Wolfpack. Brown missed three games in 2007 after fracturing his foot. In 2008, he broke a bone in the same foot during the spring and needed surgery. Some may consider him a medical risk. Because Brown doesn't have great speed, he often struggles getting around the tackle. In the open field, Brown has to do a better job tucking the ball. When running through the hole, Brown keeps his pads too high.

Final word: If Brown would have never run into injury problems, it's highly likely he would be considered the top running back in this year's class. He shows flashes of being a top runner thanks to his power, vision and receiving ability. However, teams will wonder how long his foot will hold up. Brown also doesn't have great playing speed, so some teams might not have a use for him.

Round projection:4

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