STRENGTHS -Brown looks well built "on the hoof" and has the frame to add bulk. He is a smooth, fluid athlete that transitions naturally out of his pedal and shows the long speed needed to stay on his man's hip down-field. He is extremely disciplined in his technique, as he stays low and quick in his pedal and does not open up early or get sucked in by double moves. From off coverage he does an excellent job of maintaining his spacing with the WR, and displays a solid burst closing to the ball in front. He does a solid job of reading the QB and coming off his man to either support the run or safety, and when he arrives to the ball carrier he consistently wraps up to finish the tackle.
WEAKNESSES - Kansas' defense often called for Brown to play off man coverage, and while he clearly has the ability to break and close, he often gives up too big a cushion at the LOS and gives up easy completions on outs and curls in front of him. Brown's biggest weakness is his ball skills, as too often during games I evaluated he was in position to play the ball and either did not locate it in time to get his hands on it or was outplayed in the air by the WR. He also struggled strip the ball away even when his receiver caught the ball away from his frame, and he must add bulk and strength in order to become more competitive and physical on 50/50 balls.
SUMMARY - Greg Brown has the smoothness, discipline and instincts that few CBs have coming out of college, but he must become a more physical player in order to become a productive player at the next level. He consistently stays low in his backpedal and displays the foot quickness and smooth hips needed to transition fluidly out of his man's break, allowing him to maintain tight coverage on longer developing patterns. While he is consistently in position to either break up or intercept the ball, he struggles playing the ball in the air and gives up too many catches on 50/50 balls because of his inability to locate and play the ball or his man in the air. On run plays he's an effective tackler on the boundary when able to beat his block to the POA, but if his man gets ahold of him he can be driven down-field and out of the play. If he can add bulk to his frame without sacrificing speed or quickness, he has a real shot to be a nickel back or even a spot starter. He should hear his name at some point on day three, as regardless of his current flaws he should be able to contribute immediately on special teams as a rookie.