This year I wrote the player rankings and evaluations for the USA Today 2012 NFL Draft magazine. It's on newsstands now and available online here. Leading up to the draft, I'll be reprinting some of my quick reports here.
James Brown, Troy
Height: 6’3, 1/2, Weight: 307 pounds
Strengths: Nice athleticism and a solid frame alone will get Brown a look in the NFL. He has light feet and moves around to block against speed edge rushers. Knows how to read angles and drive defenders out of the play.
Weaknesses: Is behind developmentally in the technical areas of his game. Plays with his arms low and doesn't get good leverage. Needs to get stronger.
Combine quotable: When I was coming up in high school, I had got to a point where I really had lost my care for school. I really didn’t want to come to school anymore. I was getting to the point where I was getting ready to drop out, and my coaches came and talked to me about, talked about having a future and playing football. I started getting recruitment letters and ever since then, everything’s been on the up and up.