RB, Andre Brown, North Carolina State



RB, Andre Brown, North Carolina State

At A Glance
Position 1:   Running Back Height: 6'0"
Position 2:  Weight:  224
Class:  Senior Age:  
Projected Round:  2nd  40time:  4.47
Combine/Proday Results
Bench Reps:  24 Vertical:  37
20yd Split:  2.58 Broad Jump:  9'7"
10yd Split:  1.47 20yd Shuttle:  4.33
3 Cone Drill:  7.35  

Pros:  Tall and thick in upper and lower bodies. Strong straight-ahead runner. Nimble enough to sidestep and find a running lane. Lowers his pads to run over tacklers. Will keep his legs churning in short-yardage situations and carry linebackers and safeties for a few yards. Able to stand up to blitzing linebackers. Productive receiver who is a mismatch against safeties in the open field.

Cons:   Runs tall. Lacks elite speed, taking a few steps to get going. Inconsistent hands out of the backfield, body-catches too often. Tends to dance in the hole if there is anyone in his sight. Does not have the quickness to make defenders miss once stopped. Must have more awareness of blitzers off the edge. His left foot must be checked out medically, as he fractured it in 2007 and had another surgery in spring 2008.

Styg's Broncos Fit:   Basically a perfect specimen for a zone-block running system, Brown also has some characteristics of the recent New England RBs: he has been asked to play a limited role out of the backfield, which hampered his stats, and was asked to block in the passing game, as well as catch out of the backfield. He has excellent running power, and does a good job of leaning forward, running downhill, and keeping his feet moving. He doesn't have elite quickness but is adequate, and is above-average reading the blocks and cutting. His hands aren't great but he body catches well, and was adequate in the receiving game. His combine showed that he will get better in every area, so it is likely that the limited reps along with durability concerns will allow some team to get a deal on a young RB currently in a major upswing, potential-wise.

Around MHR:

From "ST&NO", Post-Senior Bowl edition:

Andre Brown (RB-NC State) will be a good tandem back in the NFL.  He will probably be a second-round pick, and he's got excellent size and quick feet.  He was the best RB in the game.

 

Around SBNation:

From "Eagles RB Prospects" at Bleeding Green Nation:

Andre Brown-NC St.-6'0 224-Good all purpose back, has power and finesse, but sometimes doesnt play to his timed speed. Runs upright, and has had foot problems.

 

Highlights:

Draftguys breakdown.

Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • "I had to show I was 100 percent healthy,'' said Brown, who broke his left foot in 2007 and again in the spring of 2008. "They were saying I had nagging injuries and didn't produce as much as I should have at State. I took [the negative stuff] as motivation."  At 225 pounds, Brown's size is a plus. He also ran a hand-held 40 in 4.37 seconds and ranked among the top five in three agility and speed tests at the Combine. This came after an impressive effort in the Senior Bowl.  [see more...]
  • Brown is a very good running back with some consistency problems. At times you see him run hard and explosive and pick up good positive yardage and other times you see him be very indecisive and dance around which allows him to be tackled for a loss. His change of direction and cut back ability need to be worked on and I think that is probably his biggest need of improvement. With strengthening his cut back abilities Brown could become a very valuable and versatile back. Brown's ability to recognize the blitz and be a very good blocker makes him a viable prospect to make an impact sooner rather than later on an NFL franchise.  [see more...]
  • A Parade All-American coming out of high school...Did not qualify academically and spent one year at a prep school...Finished his college career ranked in the Wolfpack's Top 10 in rushing yards, carries and rushing touchdowns...Missed considerable time with a fractured foot in 2007, which later required surgery, and then re-injured it in spring practice the following year...Also averaged 20.1 yards on 17 kick returns during his time in Raleigh...Underachiever who never really lived up to his vast potential at N.C. St. but didn't necessarily get much of an opportunity to either, averaging just 124 carries a year...Could be the type who ends up being better in the pros than he was in college.  [see more...]
  • A meat-and-potatoes type of back who runs with good power and drive between the tackles. Has the strength to wear down opposing front sevens at the next level. Is surprisingly sudden for his size and does a nice job changing directions cleanly at full speed. Displays good vision at the line of scrimmage and in space. Has the patience to set up blockers on all levels of the field and is a gifted receiver out of the backfield.  [see more...]
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