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Prospect Profiles: Jalil Brown

JALIL BROWN, CB, COLORADO

Triangle Numbers: 6, 204, 4.55

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Excellent height and bulk with large hands
• Smooth athlete with good speed and agility
• Transitions well due to fluid hips / quick feet
• Can match up and run downfield in man coverage
• Physical and gets a good jam at line of scrimmage
• Capable tackler and not afraid to support the run
• Is competitive, fiery and extremely confident
• Is tough, strong, aggressive and hard working
• Respected for leadership ability by teammates
• Also earned notice for excelling on special teams
• Experienced and battle-tested versus top competition

Weaknesses:
• Instincts and awareness have been questioned
• Not explosive and lacks burst to recover / close
• Not real powerful or much of a big hitter
• Has some trouble disengaging from blocks
• Does not have great hands or ball skills
• Didn’t make many impact plays in coverage
• Might have some minor durability concerns

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Very good size for the position, has above-average height and adequate bulk… Is very physical, good at taking on blocks and is strong enough to drive blockers back into the ball carrier… Does a good job of keeping a hand free when being blocked, sneakily shifty and deceptively powerful against larger blockers… Is a good wrap-up tackler, not a big hitter, but does a good job of breaking down and dragging ball carriers to the turf… Has the height to be a serious threat in jump-ball situations, has decent leaping ability… Does a good job sitting in man coverage and reading the quarterback’s eyes, makes a good break on the ball… Interceptions totals have increased over the last three seasons (one in 2008, two in 2009 and three in 2010)… Appears to have good speed when making the effort, can chase down ball carriers from across the field.

Negatives: Doesn’t seem to play with a consistently high motor, not a guy who always flies around the field… Needs to do a better job of breaking down and forming up in the open field, has the tendency to drop his helmet and lunge a bit… Does not have overwhelming ball skills, has made a few impressive interceptions, but does not have the greatest hands in most situations… Looks a little stiff in the hips, body control is not the greatest… Change-of-direction skills are sub-par… Will make mistakes and get beat deep… Instincts are just average at best, tends to gamble too often and jump routes leaving a man wide open… Made a lot of mistakes at the Senior Bowl, started the game at corner for the North squad, but did not perform up to expectations.

FF Toolbox:

Jalil Brown is what college football is all about. The cornerback was not highly recruited out of high school and worked hard to get where he is now. He redshirted in 2006, paid his dues on special teams in 2007 and moved up to the starting nickel back as a sophomore. As a part-time starter in 2008, he tallied 52 tackles and recorded one interception. The following season he started the last ten games of the year and his production continued to increase. He ranked sixth on the team with 66 tackles and added a couple interceptions and fumble recoveries. For his efforts he was named All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention by multiple sources.

The Colorado secondary is often put in bad situations due to the lack of pressure from the front four, but Brown continues to put up decent numbers in 2010. Brown is not the quickest defensive back in this class, but he is among the strongest. That strength makes him difficult to beat off the line of scrimmage and also makes him a decent free safety, which he has occasionally played throughout his collegiate career.

NFL teams will want to see his true size before they start thinking of him as a free safety who can play some corner. The 6-1 listing is probably a little generous and that will probably make him a cornerback in the NFL. At the least, he is a hardworking player who can make a huge impact on special teams and work his way into the cornerback rotation on an NFL roster.

2/10 Update: Brown was often matched up with the opponents’ top receiver in 2010, which is usually a daunting task in the Big 12. That was due to opposing teams wanting to avoid fellow corner Jimmy Smith. Brown was not perfect, but he did a fine job against some of the best receivers in the nation. On the year he picked off three passes and broke up five passes. With some decent workouts, Brown could sneak into the third or fourth round.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Jalil Brown is a mid round corner prospect who could intrigue the Giants. Athletic, physical, fluid in coverage, Brown fits the mold of a number 3 corner. He would provide valuable depth. He’s not really explosive, and is not a big playmaker, but he’s just solid. Good on special teams. Won’t start. But as a number 3 or 4, you could do a lot worse

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