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2015 NFL DRAFT

Preston Brown, ILB

School: Louisville  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 251 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
12443-4
Player News
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: BUFFALO BILLS: Round 3/73 -- Preston Brown, LB, 6-1, 251, Louisville...Brown should be able to come in and become the primary backup at middle linebacker behind Brandon Spikes. The Bills really don't have a true middle linebacker on the team other than Spikes, so Brown will get plenty of reps in training camp at the position. However, he also played some outside linebacker in college, and he can be a useful member of the special teams, so the Bills likely will get some mileage out of Brown in his rookie season. His production was certainly high at Louisville, as he made 301 tackles, all but 10 of those in his final three years. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 3/73 -- Preston Brown, MLB, 6-1, 251, Louisville...The Bills took the 6-foot-1, 251-pound Brown in the third round with the 73rd pick overall, and he should be able to come in and become the primary backup at middle linebacker behind Brandon Spikes. The Bills really don't have a true middle linebacker on the team other than Spikes, so Brown will get plenty of reps in training camp at the position. However, he also played some outside linebacker in college, and he can be a useful member of the special teams, so the Bills will likely get some mileage out of Brown in his rookie season. His production was certainly high at Louisville as he made 301 tackles, all but 10 of those in his final three years. He also made two fumble recoveries, one interception and seven sacks. - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2013 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Preston Brown, Louisville, Sr., 6-2 260, Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest,...Preston Brown, who led the team with 59 tackles in league action, tied for 11th in the conference with 7.4 tackles per game. - Louisville football

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Preston Brown, Sr., LB, Louisville, Cincinnati, Ohio,...Had nine tackles and a 48-yard fumble return for a touchdown in a 24-17 win against Memphis. - American Athletic Conference football

10/18/2013 - Scouting the Louisville run defense: While recording eight sacks had something to do with it, Louisville still held Rutgers to 12 yards on the ground. It's allowing opponents to average just 2.2 yards per rush, which will be tested by Miami transfer Storm Johnson. He's gaining 5.2 yards per rush and has seven TDs this year. - The Sports Xchange

10/10/2013 - Scouting the Louisville run defense: The Cardinals continue to do good work against the run, limiting Temple to 48 yards on 28 attempts Saturday. Rutgers has demonstrated the ability to break big plays in the ground game, but he hasn't faced a front seven as stout as the one it will see Thursday night. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2013 - Scouting the Louisville run defense: Through two games, Louisville is allowing just 94 yards per game on the ground and a measly 2.7 yards per carry. It allowed only 2.5 yards per rush last week, although four sacks for 34 yards helped decrease that figure. The front seven must continue to show good gap control. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2013 - WEEK 1 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Preston Brown, Sr., LB, Louisville, Cincinnati, Ohio,...Had a team-high nine tackles in a 49-7 win against Ohio, helping to limit the Bobcats to just 81 rushing yards. - American Athletic Conference football

08/11/2013 - TOP LOUISVILLE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. ILB Preston Brown (6-2, 255, 4.75)...Brown earned second team ALL-BIG EAST accolades in 2012 compiling 109 total tackles, including six double-digit performances and a career high of 17 tackles against South Florida. He's a stoutly-built athlete but possesses a dynamic first-step for his size, and displays explosiveness downhill when closing on the line of scrimmage. He's an extremely physical but fundamentally-sound tackler who prides himself on tackling hard and violent. He recognizes and anticipates the run well, particularly between the tackles, and is an effective angler when pursuing the run to the outside. Where he struggles is when asked to stop and redirect, as he simply lacks suddenness and comes off as a bit stiff when moving laterally.

His hips are slow to flip when committing to the sideline from a backpedal, so he has to take wider, deeper angles than you'd like to see. He does exhibit decent instincts when asked to drop into short zone, reading the quarterback's eyes and anticipating where the ball will be, while maintaining a feel for what's going on around and behind him. NFL teams love physical, tough defenders like Brown, but to be among the top linebackers selected in next year's draft, he'll need to demonstrate better overall range, and more explosive movement in space, this season. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

07/16/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Preston Brown, Louisville...started all 13 games of the 2012 season and led the Cardinals with a career-best 109 tackles, which placed him fifth in the BIG EAST Conference. A second team All-BIG EAST performer a year ago, Brown totaled six double-digit tackle games and was 71st in the nationally in stops. - Louisville football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Preston Brown, Louisville...The 6-2, 260-pound Brown, who is a three-year letterwinner at linebacker, has played in 39 career games, with 24 starts at linebacker. He started all 13 games of the 2012 season and led the Cardinals with a career-best 109 tackles, which placed him fifth in the BIG EAST Conference. A second team All-BIG EAST performer a year ago, Brown totaled six double-digit tackle games and was 71st in the nationally in stops. He also registered his first career interception in an overtime-win over Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati, Ohio, native registered a career-best 17 tackles in a 27-25 win over South Florida and was credited with 13 against Cincinnati. Moving to the middle linebacker position last season, Brown also totaled 12 tackles versus Syracuse and ended the year with double-digit tackles in the last seven contests. - Louisville football

 
Player News
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: BUFFALO BILLS: Round 3/73 -- Preston Brown, LB, 6-1, 251, Louisville...Brown should be able to come in and become the primary backup at middle linebacker behind Brandon Spikes. The Bills really don't have a true middle linebacker on the team other than Spikes, so Brown will get plenty of reps in training camp at the position. However, he also played some outside linebacker in college, and he can be a useful member of the special teams, so the Bills likely will get some mileage out of Brown in his rookie season. His production was certainly high at Louisville, as he made 301 tackles, all but 10 of those in his final three years. - The Sports Xchange
 

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