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Jalil Brown

| | College: Colorado
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Brown and teammate Jimmy Smith formed one of the best senior cornerback duos in the country the past two seasons. But with Smith the more feared defender, Brown often faced the opponent's top receiver and saw considerably more action on his side of the field.

He wasn't impenetrable, but did intercept three passes and broke up five others, along with making 46 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 for the second straight season following up a solid junior campaign (66 tackles, two interceptions, 15 pass breakups). Brown started six games as a sophomore in 2008 when the team lined up in nickel, making 52 tackles, three for loss, an interception and four breakups. He played in every game as a redshirt freshman, making three stops as a special teams contributor.

Though Brown was the "other" cornerback for the Buffaloes, scouts thought enough of him to bring him to the Senior Bowl. He has all of the physical tools to succeed at the next level, and with some technique work, could become a starter.


Strengths: Nice height, thick build and good speed for an NFL corner. Mirrors receivers off the line with quick feet, stays with man on outside-in fakes and down the sideline. Good zone awareness, keeps his eyes in the backfield to come up on passes to the flat. Long arms and awareness allow him to break up throws or reach for interceptions. Holds up against receiver blocks, even attacking them at times, forces run plays inside and can shed to make a play. Goes for the strip when ballcarriers are held up. Willing to go inside to support the run when uncovered, also has the speed to catch backs from behind.

Weaknesses: Aggressive player who gets burned by reading the backfield instead of staying with his assignment. Picked on quite often playing across from CB Jimmy Smith. Smaller receivers can out-jump or out-work him to the ball. Needs to break down in space more consistently to wrap up elusive ballcarriers instead of ducking his head or leaving his feet.

Career Notes

Finished his Colorado career with 167 career tackles, which ranked him 89th all-time at Colorado, with his six interceptions tying for 28th on the all-time list and his 21 pass deflections for the 12th most. A top-notch special teams performer, he compiled the sixth most special teams points (65) in school annals, which include 21 tackles, tied for the 12th most. Invited to play in the Senior Bowl in January 2011.

2010 Season

Started all 12 games at left cornerback, playing 799 snaps from scrimmage, all but 10 of the team total; he was one of CU's four team co-captains, as selected by his teammates. He was a second-team All-Colorado selection by the state's chapter of the NFF, and he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches. He led the Buffaloes with three interceptions and tied for the team high with five passes broken up; he often drew the top receiver on the opponent since they tended to shy away from Jimmy Smith. He racked up 46 tackles (28 solo, two for losses), with six third down stops, two fumble recoveries, and a touchdowns save. Top games as a senior included CU's 29-27 win over Georgia, when he had eight tackles (seven solo), an interception and a third down stop, and the 34-14 win over Iowa State, a seven-tackle (six solo) performance with two third down stops, a pressure and a pass deflection. Entering the season, he was ranked as the No. 65 player in the country by Phil Steele's College Football, and as one of the top cover corners. In the spring, he won the Iron Buffalo Award for all the defensive backs; the award is presented for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage lifted in the weight room (he had three of the four lifting bests among the DBs, including a 383-pound bench press and a 375-pound power clean, which was fifth best on the team).

2009 Season

Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2009 from both the Associated Press and Big 12 Coaches … He has played in 37 career games, seeing action in all 12 games in 2009 while starting the last 10 games of the season … played in all but 10 defensive snaps (613of623) in the last nine games of the year and ranked sixth on the team with 66 tackles and led the Buffs with 15 pass breakups and two interceptions … He also had eight third down stops, two quarterback pressures and two fumble recoveries … He had four pass breakups against No. 13 Oklahoma State and led the Buffs with a careerhigh 15 tackles against Texas A&M in CUfs 35-34 victory … In a 34-30 win over No. 17 Kansas, he had three pass breakups and intercepted Todd Reesing while earning CU Athlete of the Week honors … He has three career interceptions, two against Texas' Colt McCoy and one against Reesing, both of whom were finalists for the Davey O'Brien Trophy last year.

2008 Season

Played in all 12, starting six, all when the Buffs opened in a nickel formation. He was in for 461 snaps from scrimmage and recorded 52 tackles (40 solo, three for losses), with five third down stops, four passes broken up and an interception. His first career pick was a rare one thrown by Heisman Trophy finalist Colt McCoy of Texas, and he returned it 57 yards but the Buffs couldn't capitalize on his theft. Top games included Eastern Washington, when he made 10 tackles (all solo), with two pass deflections, Kansas (eight tackles, four solo) and Texas (four solo tackles to go with his interception). He was the special teams point champion for the second straight year, racking up 25 points on the strength of six tackles (four solo, one inside-the-20), two forced fumbles, three knockdown blocks, one first downfield to alter a return and a school record 12 forced fair catches. He was CU's special teams player of the week for the Iowa State game. He was also a recipient of the Gold Group Commitment Award. He settled in at cornerback for spring practice, after appearing at both corner and free safety as a redshirt frosh. The coaches selected him as the recipient of the Dick Anderson Award for outstanding toughness after the completion of spring ball.

2007 Season

He saw action in all 13 games, including the Independence Bowl, on special teams and in three on defense at free safety and some cornerback. The recipient of the Bill McCartney Award for special teams achievement, he really came into his own on special teams the latter half of the season. He led the team with 31 special teams points, with 25 coming in the last six games of the year. He compiled his point total on the strength of 13 tackles (10 solo, three assisted, two inside-the-20), seven knockdown blocks, five forced fair catches, two first downfield credits that altered returns, a forced fumble and a downed punt. He had 12 of the tackles over the second half of the season, and he had 10 points in the Missouri game alone, and was the coaches' choice for the special teams player of the game against Texas Tech. On defense, he played 27 snaps, posting three tackles (one solo). He had an active spring, with five tackles (all solo), one for a loss and three pass breakups in the four main spring scrimmages. The Iron Buffalo Award winner for the defensive backs in the spring, as he was the choice for the honor bestowed on the player at each position who represents hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage in the weight room.

2006 Season


High School

A three-year letterman in football, he was first-team All-State and First-Team All-Metro Region on offense (running back) and defense (safety) as a senior. On offense, he had 1,910 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground, with 15 receptions for 400 yards and three more scores by air. Defensively, he totaled 30 tackles, five for losses including four quarterback sacks. He also recorded three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, 12 passes broken up and had one interception. He saw spot duty as a return specialist, but excelled when called upon as he had an 80-yard punt return and a 90-yard kickoff return for touchdowns. As a junior, he was selected both honorable mention all-state and first-team all-metro region on offense and defense; offensively, he rushed for 1,200 yards with 18 touchdowns while playing safety on defense with four interceptions.

He manned three different positions as a sophomore, earning first-team all-metro region accolades: he gained 900 yards and scored 12 touchdowns as a running back, and toward the end of the season, after the starting quarterback was injured, he took over the reins, passing for 1,000-yards and 12 TDs, all while playing safety as a reserve on defense. His top game and most memorable moment as a prep was as a senior, when he rushed for a state record 412 yards on 30 carries with five touchdowns against Central, a mark previously held by Terrell Suggs (now a linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens). He also caught four passes, including one for a score on a diving catch in the back of the end zone in the close loss. South Mountain was 5-5 his senior year and 5-6 his junior campaign under coach David Grace. He also lettered twice in basketball (small forward) and twice in track, running the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x400 in the latter, finishing first in the 100 in the Metro Region. His time of 10.87 in the 100 was the fastest time in the state entering the state championships, but he was not able to compete due to a hamstring injury.


Born October 14, 1987 in Phoenix, Ariz. Hobbies include reading books and playing video games. A cousin, Kenny Brown, played football at UTEP in the early 1990s. He was home schooled as a prep by his mother and he has aspirations of starting his own business after completing college. He was the final recruit of coach Dan Hawkins' first recruiting class at Colorado, signing in April.


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