(note: this report was written by Jon Dove)
5’11″, 191 pounds | Wide receiver | San Diego State
Acceleration: Brown has decent speed but is not a burner. He possesses the ability to get up to full speed quickly which helps him run past the defender. Brown's second gear is what allows him to create most of his separation. I would classify his speed/acceleration as deceptive.
Agility: Body control and balance are important parts to Brown's success. He has the balance and control to adjust to poorly thrown footballs. His agility allows him to smoothly get in and out of his breaks and create separation.
Blocking: Brown is a willing contributor to the running game. He doesn't have great size or strength but will hustle to lay down a block.
Hands: Inconsistency plagued Brown in the several games I viewed. He does have good hands but looses concentration and allows the ball into his body. Brown also took his eyes off the ball several times resulting drops and deflections. On at least one occasion his deflection resulted in an interception. However, I want to be clear that Brown has good hands and with more focus he could have great hands.
Release: Lateral quickness and shiftiness are the techniques Brown employs when looking to avoid press. He doesn't have the size or strength to overpower the defender. Several defenders were able to get a hand on Brown and disrupt his route. San Diego State liked to use Brown at several different positions which helped him avoid press coverage. This is definitely an area that needs improvement.
Route running: Brown's balance allows him to smoothly get in and out of his breaks. He does a good job of dropping his hips and breaking off his route. Brown's route running savvy helps him decoy defenders and create space. He keeps his shoulders square and head straight right up until its time to cut off his route. Brown has a decent feel for the defense around him and is able to settle down in open zones. However, there were several instances where he miss read the defense and ran into coverage. Brown struggled to snap his head around and locate the football.
Size: At 5'11 190 ish, Brown is a little on the small side. His slender build will draw some injury concerns. However, he looks to be a good candidate to fill a slot roll in the NFL.
Speed: Brown possess deceptive speed with the ability to gear up in a hurry. His biggest asset is his 2nd gear which allows him to gain separation on plays down the field. Brown will never be considered a burner.
Games Viewed: TCU, Navy, Utah
Final word: Overall, Brown looks to be a good mid round value. In the games I viewed, he was constantly making plays and around the football. He showed the ability to find the endzone which is crucial in the NFL. His lack of top end speed and short area burst could hurt his ability to create space. However, he shows good enough speed and a good 2nd gear which should allow him to be effective. He needs to improve his focus and hang onto the football better or he will find himself in the doghouse. NFL teams will like his versatility as he could either play on the outside or in the slot.