Jonathan Brown, OLB

School: Illinois  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Memphis, TN
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 238 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.032.96-16 31-4.567.77
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.982.901.7816 319'0"4.567.77

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Player Overview

Brown rebounded from a season-ending shoulder injury as a junior to earn Second Team All-Big Ten accolades from the media in 2013, as he started all 12 games and lead the team in tackles (119), tackles for loss (15.0), sacks (5.0) and tied for the team lead in pass break-ups with four. A fly-to-the-ball, energetic and instinctive linebacker, Brown makes up for what he lacks in pure athleticism with good awareness, strong fundamentals and a relentless motor, and could be a nice surprise in the later rounds for a team in need of immediate help on the outside. He's more polished than many of the linebackers who will presumably go before him, despite lacking eye-popping measurables.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possessing a stout, athletic frame with long arms, Brown offers the versatility to line up at multiple LB spots and provides good support both against the run and in coverage. His explosive first step, good angles to the ball and early diagnostics against the run put him around the football constantly, and he exhibits technical precision as a tackler when asked to break down and wrap his target low. Also displays impressive suddenness and maintains top speed when asked to change direction on the move. Quick to attack the line of scrimmage, showing impressive burst to make plays in the hole and the willingness to take blockers head-on. Good speed to the flanks and pursues with passion, showing the ability to track and drag down ballcarriers from behind as well as the light feet and balance to drop into coverage. Shows a physical bull rush and good determination when after the quarterback and closes with a thump when he has an open lane.WEAKNESSES: Tends to freeze in space at times when asked to drop into zone, as he'll lock onto the quarterback and lose a feel for what's going on around him. Zones in on his target when charging to fill running lanes and will take unanticipated shots from second level blockers, knocking him off course. Junior season was cut short due to a shoulder injury. Lacks elite straight-line speed for his size. --Rob Rang and Derek Stephens (2/12/14)
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