2015 NFL DRAFT

Dominique Brown, RB

School: Louisville  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 234 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
204196

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.632.721.62- -09'01"4.207.09

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Impressive-looking athlete on the hoof. Has the size and physicality to function as a cut-and-go zone scheme runner at the next level, showing just enough burst out of his cuts to take advantage of creases and leaning defenders. Accelerates quickly, though his top-end speed (or lack thereof) is a concern.

Good hands out of the backfield, showing the ability to gather in easy passes quickly as well as extend and pluck on more difficult receptions. Shows good size, strength and determination as a pass protector on blitz pick-up. Has demonstrated workhorse capacity at times, including a 27-carry, 137-yard performance against Houston in 2014, and offers versatility as a receiver out of the backfield as he hauled in 24 catches for 228 yards and a touchdown.

WEAKNESSES: May be a better athlete than football player, who lacks a true position in the NFL. Doesn't possess the juice as a runner that teams are looking for and is a significant project to undertake as a fullback or H-back convert. Lacks the lateral agility, balance and explosive burst to run away from defenders and isn't as powerful as an interior runner as his size might indicate. Upright runner who absorbs rather than dishes out punishment.

--Derek Stephens, Rob Rang

Player Overview

NFL teams looking for a versatile running back and potential H-back convert would be wise to consider what "Brown could do" for them, as he proved a valuable and versatile player for the Cardinals and enjoyed a strong cap to his collegiate career with a game-high 70 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game.

Brown appeared to be on the verge of establishing himself as one of the country's most productive backs in 2014, as he led the Cardinals with 825 yards rushing and eight touchdowns as a junior, averaging a healthy 5.1 yards per carry. Instead, he was overtaken on the depth chart by Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff and finished with only 378 yards as a senior, including four scores. After averaging just 2.7 yards per carry in a 23-17 loss to Clemson, Brown was given just one more attempt over the final six games of his career (a four-yard gain vs. Notre Dame), including a Belk Bowl loss to Georgia.

Brown showed at the East-West Shrine Game that he is a big, physical runner with patience, vision and some agility for a man of his size. His height and relatively slow feet, however, could lead to a position switch in the NFL.

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07/24/2014 - Other Louisville prospects to watch in 2014: RB Dominique Brown...Big, physical runner with patience, vision and impressive shift for his size, who led the Cardinals with 825 yards rushing and 8 TDs last season, averaging 5.1 yards-per-carry. Has demonstrated workhorse capacity at times, including a 27-carry, 137-yard performance against Houston, and offers versatility as a receiver out of the backfield as he hauled in 24 catches for 228 yards and a touchdown. Brown isn't a burner, but has the size, burst and physicality to be that cut-and-go zone scheme runner at the next level. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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