2017 NFL DRAFT

Beniquez Brown, OLB

School: Mississippi State  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Florence, AL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 229 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
35729-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.772.79-18 31-4.287.07
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.692.791.6418 319'2"4.287.07

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Player Overview

Brown earned a starting job at outside linebacker as a sophomore in 2014 (12 starts) and tallied 62 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions. With Benardrick McKinney off to the NFL, Brown saw his role expand in 2015 and finished second on the team with 99 tackles, adding 11.0 tackles for loss and one interception.

Following his cousin (safety Kivon Coman) to Mississippi State, Brown redshirted in 2012 and was mostly a backup in 2013.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Backfield vision to lock on to ballcarriers, flowing to the play. Trusts what he sees and effort doesn't waver from snap-to-snap. Reliable play speed and reaction to movement. Resets his vision on the move to break down in tight spaces. Physical pad striker and faces up the ballcarrier. Active communicator and directs traffic - teammates are looking to him for instructions.

Coachable and takes his responsibilities seriously. Pair of blocked kicks on special teams in 2015, including a game-clinching block to preserve victory vs. Arkansas. Durable body armor and plays with the requisite toughness.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks explosive traits to make up for false steps. Late to recognize blocks and needs to expand his vision to anticipate angle blocks. Too much hand-fighting due to bland shed technique - needs to be more aggressive taking on blockers with his hands and low pad level. Late to find the cutback lane and leverage gaps. Flows well with the action, but rarely ahead of it.

Can be juked in space. Shows tightness in his movements when dropping in coverage. Adequate straight-line movements, but lacks ideal lateral range.

IN OUR VIEW: He is quick to key, read and flow between the hashes, but stays glued to blocks and lacks the recognition to keep himself clean. Although he lacks ideal movement skills, Brown minimizes mistakes with the instincts and competitive toughness to see snaps at the next level. There isn't much that distinguishes him from others, but he is physical thumper who can fill out a roster.

--Dane Brugler (2/21/16)

 
 
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