Preston Brown – Linebacker
Brown is a fourth-year senior and a three-year starter. He has excellent size, speed, and athleticism. I estimate his size at 6’2 – 255 and he runs in the 4.75-4.80 range. He is a good athlete to go along with good strength and explosion. He flashes being a playmaker and can be physically tough at the point of attack. He shows he can get rid of blocks, fill, and make plays close to the line of scrimmage. It is bothersome that he doesn’t seem to have top instincts. On some plays, he will react quickly, but there are others where he has no idea where the ball is. This will often happen on misdirection and play-action type plays. He is a good pursuit player who shows his speed and takes good angles to the ball. He can be a physical tackler who hits and wraps. In pass coverage, he shows good drop quickness, gets depth, and is aware. He does a good job keeping things in front of him. His ball reactions are good, and he can plant and drive on the ball. As a pass rusher, he is more of a power rusher but will use moves at times. He shows good hand use to take on and shed blocks.
Brown has top physical traits, and with those traits, he should be able to dominate. The problem is, he doesn’t dominate but is more of a flash player. His lack of top instincts is what is holding him back. He should be an eventual starter in the league and is a solid “B” level player (third – fourth round).