James Brown, OG

School: Troy  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Magnolia, MS
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 306 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
11063-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---24 25 1/208'06"4.787.70
Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

Positives: A lengthy athlete with naturally long arms (33 1/2 inches). Quick-footed with smooth movement skills to cover a large area. Rangy with above-average lateral ability. Bursts off the snap and sets up quickly with little wasted motion. Has a strong upper body with physical, powerful hands and works hard to gain body positioning in the run game. Finishes and doesn't quit; competitor with a positive attitude and leadership traits that coaches admire. Started 37 games at left tackle. Negatives: Has average height with a narrow base out of his stance. Needs to get stronger in his base to anchor at the point of attack and weight needs to be monitored -- lost nearly 50 pounds since he enrolled at Troy. Very raw technique, playing with inconsistent hand placement, fails to sustain blocks. Not a natural knee-bender and gets too upright. Needs to play with better leverage and stay balanced through contact. Needs to keep his emotions under control and play disciplined to avoid penalties. Quiet and reserved, doesn't have a natural mean streak.

Player Overview

Brown received attention from several SEC programs out of high school, but went the JUCO route enrolling at Southwest Mississippi Community College. After redshirting in 2007, he earned Second Team All-Mississippi Junior College performer in 2008 and was considered a three-star JUCO prospect, choosing to enroll at Troy. Brown earned a starting spot in 2009 as a sophomore and started every game at left tackle (13 starts). He started all 12 games at left tackle in 2010 as a junior, earning Second Team All-Sun Belt honors. Brown returned in 2011 as a senior and again started all 12 contests at left tackle, earning First Team All-Sun Belt honors. Brown has a versatile skills set to line up at tackle or guard at the next level and there is a lot to love about his passionate football attitude if he can stay disciplined -- credits football with saving his life after growing up around crime. He has worked hard to lose bad weight (over 50 pounds), but needs to fill out his frame with positive pounds and get stronger for the next level. Brown needs to work on his technique/footwork in order to stay coordinated through contact, but he has a high ceiling and bright football future if he puts in the time to reach his full potential -- developmental prospect with obvious upside who needs some work before he's thrown into NFL action, but the length, foot quickness and tools are there for him to be a full-time starter at the pro level. ANAYLYSIS Strengths: A lengthy athlete with naturally long arms (33 1/2 inches). Quick-footed with smooth movement skills to cover a large area. Rangy with above average lateral ability. Bursts off the snap and sets up quickly with little wasted motion. Has a strong upper body with physical, powerful hands and works hard to gain body positioning in the run game. Finishes and doesn't quit until the whistle blows, giving full effort and leaving it all on the field. A hard working competitor with a positive attitude and leadership traits that coaches admire. Has good playing experience, starting every game the past three seasons at left tackle for the Trojans (37 career starts). A versatile player with the skill-set to play either tackle or guard at the next level. Weaknesses: Has only average height with a narrow base out of his stance. Needs to get stronger in his base to anchor at the point of attack and his weight needs to be monitored -- lost nearly 50 pounds since he enrolled at Troy. Very raw with his upper and lower body technique, playing with inconsistent hand placement -- fails to sustain blocks as long as he should. Not a natural knee bender and gets too upright. Needs to play with better leverage and stay balanced through contact. Needs to keep his emotions under control and play disciplined to avoid penalties. Doesn't have a natural mean streak and comes off as a quiet, reserved individual. Doesn't currently have the weight or girth to hold up at guard and could be regarded as a tackle/guard tweener without a natural position. NFL Comparison: Zane Beadles, Denver Broncos -- Dane Brugler
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04/19/2012 - Brown, a native of Magnolia, Miss., would love to be the latest small-school lineman turned NFL standout. Scouts consider him a raw but natural athlete with good range. Some question his overall strength. Despite not playing regularly against top-echelon talent, Brown believes he can become a mauler in the NFL. "I'm a better run-blocker," he said. "I've been told that I have a great punch, and that helps me out in the run game and the passing game, too." Brown, who started at left tackle in all 38 games he played for Troy, has had plenty to prove during the past few months. In Senior Bowl practices, he struggled at times in his move to playing guard, a position scouts say better suits his skills and gives him an advantage against less athletic interior linemen. Eventually he began to pick up the nuances of playing inside. "It was definitely different because I've never really played the position," Brown said. "It was a very different experience playing guard, but as the week progressed, I started getting a little better." - Nakia Hogan, The Times-Picayune

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