Arthur Brown Scouting Report

February 13th, 2013

Arthur Brown is an excellent, scheme-diverse linebacker


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Prospect: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 231
Grade: 7.67 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

Athleticism:
+Explosive athlete with impressive acceleration
+Open field speed is top end for a linebacker prospect, truly a sideline to sideline defender
+Sudden feet with ability to change directions on a dime
+Plays bigger than his listed size indicates and may have room to add bulk, very strong already

Intelligence/Effort:
+Works through reads quickly and reacts accordingly, no hesitation to him
+Takes advantage of missed assignments by run blockers quickly, testament to his vision and quick reaction skills
+Hustle player who consistently put up high tackle numbers
+Two-time team captain, named a team captain as a junior before ever playing a snap for the Wildcats, transferred from Miami and sat out a year

Pass Rush:
+Makes good use of sensational burst to close as a blitzer
+Has suddenness to disguise delayed blitzes before exploding through holes
-Lacks developed moves to counter blockers who are in proper position

Run Support:
+Aggressive run defender who fills holes quickly when coming forward, fast yet under control
+Consistently makes high-impact plays behind the line of scrimmage
+Displays athleticism as an inside linebacker who can make plays to either sideline
+Flows over the top of plays as well as anyone, elite range
-Occasionally struggles to take on big run blockers with plays coming right at him, size a big factor
+Maintains balance through contact of blockers and keeps his eyes on the football at all times
+Shoots his hands into blockers effectively to gain control and create separation from contact, sheds blocks very naturally and quickly
+High impact tackler for his size with consistent ability to wrap up, doesn’t miss often in space
-Slight tendency to overrun plays and open up cutback lanes, occasionally due to the fact that he’s simply outrunning ball carriers
-Struggles to pick up the ball in the backfield with small running backs and misdirection, slightly limited by height

Coverage:
+Picks up route runners in front of him well in zone coverage with instincts
+Lock-down man coverage linebacker with necessary physicality, quick feet and loose hips to change directions
+Shows adequate ball skills when given the opportunity, has three interceptions in his two years for the Wildcats
-Not the “head on a swivel” backer in coverage that he needs to be, struggles with what’s behind him
-Footwork in zone coverage a bit raw, will stop his feet occasionally, struggles to get much depth by backpeddling, more of a shuffler

Overall:
Arthur Brown is the epitome of what you look for a linebacker prospect. He has incredible athleticism which allows him to put his stamp on the game in a high number of ways. His instincts are every bit as impressive. Brown consistently works through his reads at a quick pace and gets to the ball at a high rate. Even for a smaller inside linebacker than what’s normally desired, Brown typically has no problems taking on blockers or fighting through congestion to get to the ball. He uses his athleticism and natural instincts to good effect in pass coverage, often seen locking down receivers in man coverage. His zone coverage skills are a work in progress, which is important to note when eyeing scheme fits. The normal thing to do is to say that a linebacker of Brown’s size has to play on the outside in a 4-3. While he could certainly do that, you’d be limiting him in a few ways. Mainly, his range to make plays all over the field when playing from the middle. By adding 10 or 15 pounds to his frame, he could absolutely play an inside linebacker position. He has the ability to play outside or inside in a 4-3 and could reasonably transition to the inside in a 3-4 as well. Brown’s developed linebacker skills and impressive athleticism certainly makes him a top 20 prospect in my book.—Darren Page

Scouting Notes:

Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State
• Fights off a block from a guard and makes the play downfield on a Joseph Randle sweep
• Has the burst to kept past a blocker at the second level after a false first step due to misdirection
• Anticipates the inside draw effectively, lunges at Joseph Randle in the hole, causes him to bounce the run to the outside into oncoming defenders
• Shows loose hips and a feel for the slot receiver by turning with him and getting underneath his in-breaking route
• Able to get outside before downfield blockers get to him with athleticism and anticipation
• Stays balanced on a strong Randle cut in the open field and still able to wrap him up and make the tackle
• Shows sideline to sideline range by flowing over the top and making the tackle on a sweep for no gain
• Shoots past left guard with a sudden move to the outside, gets held, still fights through the block to make the tackle on Randle
• Changes directions quickly in coverage when he sees a crossing route coming his way, stays underneath receiver the whole way, QB forced to pull it down and run

Kansas State vs. Miami
• Ball bounces around after running back fumbles, Brown picks it up cleanly and picks up a few extra yards
• Guard responsible for cutting off Brown at second level falls down and Brown accelerates to the outside before making for a three yard loss
• Stands up the lead blocking fullback in the hole and slides off to make the tackle when the back cuts inside the block
• Creates space to get around the tackle blocking him at the second level, made up for poor initial position with athleticism
• Center stumbles trying to get to Brown on a combo block at falls, Brown easily fills the hole and makes the tackle
• Stephen Morris escapes the pocket and pump fakes as Brown closes on him, Brown leaves his feet and Morris is able to pick up extra yards
• Diagnoses a reverse very quickly, doesn’t even take a single step toward initial flow of play, ends up beating tight end around the corner and forcing the runner back into traffic
• Pulling guard leads up the hole on Brown, who drops pads to take on the block while keeping eyes on the ball, slides off just in time to make the tackle
• Shows range while backing in coverage into the middle third, eliminating tight end option over the middle
• Morris freezes after being contained from the outside on a rollout pass, Brown comes free from the inside and decks him for a sack

Kansas State vs. Texas
• Effective open field tackle on a quick screen to the outside, wraps up the receiver well
• Spots the crossing receiver entering his zone well in advance and blankets him effectively
• Takes poor angle on an off tackle run to his right, tries to shoot inside of second level blocker and gets walled off
• Loses inside out leverage on an outside sweep, mirrors the pair of pulling guards to the outside, back cuts it up inside and Brown is out of position, edge defense was outflanked in his defense
• Left guard too slow to get off a combo block and to Brown, who shoots the open gap and makes the tackle for minimal gain
• Leaps the pile as the only up linebacker against a quarterback sneak
• Flows over the top and into the hole on a run to his right, takes a big shot from the running back but holds on to bring him down
• Redirects in open field against a misdirection screen pass, exhibits fine range in getting to the play, eluding a blocker, making the tackle

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