Zach Brown 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes

Zach Brown
6'2, 230 pounds | Outside linebacker | North Carolina

First word
: It seems every linebacker heretofore will have his first step compared to former Texas A&M pass rusher Von Miller. If that's the case, Miller may have a quick twitch challenger in North Carolina's Zach Brown. The senior-to-be gets off the line of scrimmage as well as you'd hope from a linebacker. He uses that first step to avoid blockers and get into the backfield.

That first step is critical for Brown. If he's off, he doesn't have the power or pass rush moves to beat offensive tackles. Brown reportedly played most of the 2010 season at 225 pounds and is now listed by UNC as 230 pounds. Even at that he'll have to get bigger to survive in the NFL.

Even as a spot starter in 2010, Brown finished with 72 tackles and three interceptions. He's expected to start at the weak side this season and it's natural position. Brown's best scheme may be in a cover-2, which would help mask his deficiencies working straight ahead against the run.

Bold statement: Athletically speaking, Brown will be compared favorably to Von Miller in April. (Don't mistake that for pass rush ability)

Games watched:
(All 2010) LSU, Clemson, Virginia, Tennessee

Zach Brown
6'2, 230 pounds | Outside linebacker | North Carolina

Notes:


• The first thing you notice about Brown is his first step. It's hard to justify saying any other college linebacker has a better first step.

• Has track speed, which is unique for a linebacker prospect. He can play up to reported 10.6 100-yard dash time. There are few ball carriers who can run away from Brown.

• Is not the most physical defender and can get overmatched more than he should. If Brown wants to survive in the NFL, he has to get stronger.

• Remains active when he's dropped back in zone, especially when routes are developing behind him.

• North Carolina has used Brown over the slot receiver, especially if its a tight end.

• Brown has hands that would be considered good if he played safety. As it is, they're excellent for a linebacker. It's not necessarily his interception total, but his ability to make a play on the ball.

• You can tell by Browns measurements alone that he needs to get bigger to make it at the next level. His frame has good definition, but needs to get bulkier throughout.

• Was only a spot starter in 2010, mostly because Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter were on the team.

• Is a terror on special teams. He'll be able to help an NFL team there immediately.
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