Prospect Profiles: Curtis Brown

CURTIS BROWN, CB, TEXAS

Triangle Numbers: 6, 184, 4.5

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Ideal height and adequate bulk along w/ long arms
• Terrific speed and has a burst to close and recover
• Athletic with great quickness, agility and balance
• Displays fluid hips and nimble feet to transition
• Soft hands with great ball skills and body control
• Has excellent instincts, awareness and anticipation
• Is tough, physical, aggressive and very confident
• Will come up and get solid jam at line of scrimmage
• Capable of excelling in either man or zone coverage
• A willing tackler who will support against the run
• Will be able to contribute readily on special teams
• Durable w/ lots of experience versus top competition

Weaknesses:
• Frame is kind of slight with a thin lower body
• Didn’t make a lot of impact plays in coverage
• Isn’t a powerful hitter or much of a intimidator
• Not real strong and some trouble disengaging
• Struggled at times with cleanly fielding punts

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Good frame, could stand to add some weight, but has decent height… Has pretty good speed, is faster than combine 40-time suggests… Teams threw away from Brown much of the 2010 season, was solid in pass defense but did not get many opportunities to make big plays… Plays well in both man and zone coverage, is especially good at reading the quarterback in short zone coverage… Mix of speed and athleticism is a major plus, shows great change-of-direction skills and fluidity, recorded a blazing shuttle time of 4.00 seconds at the combine… Ball skills are above-average, although Brown is not a game-changer at this point… Has good leaping ability, had a 39.5″ vertical at the combine, goes after the ball at its highest point… Good character guy, no major concerns in this area… No durability concerns to speak of, has not missed any time due to serious injury… Is a good special teams performer.

Negatives: Production has been sub-par in four years at Texas (108 tackles, two interceptions)… Not a sure tackler, is not capable of too many explosive hits, tends to miss open tackles in the open field by not breaking down or driving through tackles… Is not a very physical player, will get blocked away from plays and get out-muscled by bigger receivers… Seems to lack consistent concentration at times… Recovery speed could be better, will get beat deep and needs to do a better job of getting back into position to make a play… Lack of physicality is an issue, but could make up for it by showing scouts his speed and man coverage abilities.

FF Toolbox:

In a star studded secondary, Curtis Brown is the biggest star of them all. The 6-0, 184 pound cornerback has great speed and great hands. By the end of his sophomore campaign, Brown was a regular starter in the secondary. That year the Longhorns ranked second in the nation in pass efficiency defense and Brown played a big part in that. The following year Brown started all 14 games and the Texas defense continued to be extremely productive.

The opposition has learned to throw away from Brown so his numbers in 2010 have not been as great as those in 2009. However, he did return an interception for 74 yards and a score and is still a major threat to break a big play at any given moment. On top of that he only has 14 tackles, but he has broken up four passes and defended five others, so he is doing his job in coverage situations.

Brown’s speed and athleticism will make him a very attractive cornerback to the NFL. If he continues to put up good numbers and performs as well at the NFL Combine as he is expected, Brown could sneak into the first round and be the third or fourth best corner in this class.

1/17 Update: The lack of success by Texas and the disappointing play of the secondary has not helped Brown as he prepares for the NFL Draft. What was supposed to be a very good Texas defense pretty much collapsed by the end of the year and that does not bode well for any Longhorn player. However, Brown is still a good looking cornerback and has all the tools to be a fine player at the next level. If he can perform well in workouts, Brown should not slip past the second round.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Curtis Brown is a second round corner prospect, who needs to put on some weight. Really smooth in coverage. Fast, good height. Needs to bulk up. Not a fearsome presence, but is a battle tested guy who has excelled against big time competition. Physical receivers could trouble him. For the most part, however, Brown is a solid number 2 corner who can start for a while. The Giants are in need of depth at corner. They already have a corner from Texas. Aaron Ross has struggled. The Giants are set with Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas. Need depth. Curtis Brown, in the 2nd round, could be that guy.

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