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Charles Brown

| | College: North Carolina
 
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Overview

Charles Brown was a star receiver, defensive back, and kick returner in high school.

Brown broke into the starting UNC secondary as a true Freshman in 2007, starting 9 games at either cornerback or nickel. Brown won the starting CB job in 2009, only to be suspended for the 2010 season. Brown reclaimed his starting CB job in 2011, and also was UNC's featured PR and KR, but did not impress there. Stats were 59 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 4 pass defensed in 2007, 26/1/2 in 2008, 66/3/9 in 2009, and 52/2/6 in 2011. Brown has been mostly healthy with only minor injury issues at UNC.

Brown is built more like a RB than a CB, with a powerful lower body. More quick than fast, Brown does well in zone assignments, but lacks the speed for NFL man coverage assignments.

As an NFL Draft prospect, Brown would best fit with a team that plays 2 deep safeties, like the Titans. Brown can be a successful NFL corner if he is not asked to do things like cover 4.3 WRs in man on deep routes. PR and KR skills add to Brown's versatility.

Analysis

Strengths: Excels in short zone assignments. Quality wrap up tackler. Has fluid hips and changes directions well. Reliable KR and PR.

Weaknesses: Is neither quick nor fast for the NFL CB position. Can't hang with fast WRs on deep routes. Gives up separation easily, and doesn't close well. Much better in zone than man coverage.

NFL Comparison: Jimmy Williams - San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

--Brad Noel

2011 Season

Carolina's top cover cornerback who plays bigger than his size … Enters the bowl game with 33 career starts … Also serves as the team's top punt returner with 12

attempts for 30 yards, including a long of 18 vs. Miami … Injured his knee in the first half of the Duke game on a punt return and did not come back … Had six tackles, including a tackle for a loss, in a 3-point loss at Virginia Tech … Intercepted a pass for the second straight game on NC State's opening possession … Also had one tackle against the Wolfpack … Picked off his first pass of the season and had five tackles in a 49-24 win over Wake Forest … Carolina scored on the possession following his interception … Had six tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, and broke up a pass in a 59-38 loss to Clemson … Broke up three passes and had three tackles in a 30-24 loss to Miami … One of his pass breakups was an impressive hit on Miami's Travis Benjamin … Brown arrived just as Benjamin was attempting to catch the ball and jarred it loose … Posted two tackles and broke up a pass in a 14-7 victory over Louisville … Recorded seven tackles, including a 2-yard tackle for loss, and broke up two passes in a 35-20 victory over ECU … Had six tackles, including a 1-yard tackle for loss, in a loss at Georgia Tech … Posted six tackles, including two tackles for losses of four yards, in a 28-17 victory vs. Virginia … Had four tackles, all primary stops, in his season debut, a 24-22 victory vs. Rutgers … Was suspended for the first game of the season by the NCAA.

2010 Season

Sat out 2010 season due to NCAA suspension.

2009 Season

Played well in his first year as the starter at cornerback … Started all 13 games … Finished the season second on the team with 66 tackles … Ranked fifth in the ACC in passes defended with nine breakupsand three interceptions … Led the team with nine PBUs.

2008 Season

Carolina's starting nickel defensive back … Played in 10 games, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl … Twisted his ankle at Maryland in the first half and did not return … Did not play against NC State or Duke … Posted two tackles in the 28-7 win over No. 22 Georgia Tech … Registered four tackles in the 45-24 win over No. 23 Boston College … Had three tackles at Virginia … Posted four tackles, including three solo stops, against Notre Dame … Broke up two passes and had one tackle in the win over No. 24 Connecticut … Helped limit Miami to 174 yards passing and had one tackle in the Tar Heels' 28-24 win … Posted one tackle against Virginia Tech … Led the team and matched his career high with 10 tackles and had one of Carolina's four interceptions against Rutgers … Was named the coaches player of the game for his performance against the Scarlet Knights … Did not play in the season opener vs. McNeese State due to a sprained ankle.

2007 Season

Played in all 12 games and made nine starts at either cornerback or nickel back … Moved to cornerback for the remainder of the season after the South Carolina game … Averaged more than six tackles over the last four games … Recorded seven tackles, one tackle for loss and broke up a pass in the win over Duke … Had three tackles at Georgia Tech … Posted 10 tackles and a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown against NC State … The 92-yard interception return was the third-longest in school history … In the win over Maryland, had six solo tackles and broke up a pass … Made four tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles for losses at Wake Forest … Had four solo stops and one tackle for loss of two yards vs. South Carolina … Started at nickel back and had four tackles and his first career interception against Miami … Interception came at the UNC 8-yard line, stopping Miami's potential scoring drive … Made three tackles at Virginia Tech … Recorded three tackles at No. 23 South Florida … Posted two tackles vs. Virginia … Had four tackles, including two solo stops, in the loss at East Carolina … One of eight true freshmen to see action in the first game of the year, a 37-14 victory over James Madison … Tied for team-high honors with nine tackles, including six tackles and three assists, and assisted on a tackle for loss.

High School

Caught 37 passes for 985 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior … Versatile player who also saw time at running back, cornerback and safety and returned kicks and punts … Played at the same high school as UNC tight end Richard Quinn … Maple Heights finished 9-2 and ranked among the top 10 in Division II in Ohio … Caught five passes for 130 yards in the first half against state runner-up Mentor High School before an injury forced him to miss the second half … Coached by Jeff Rotsky.

Personal

Son of Lisa and Charles Brown Sr. … Born Feb. 7, 1989.

 
Latest News
03/12/2012 - The NCAA infractions committee has hit North Carolina's football program with a one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 scholarships and three years of probation following an investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct. In a ruling Monday, the committee said the school was responsible for multiple violations, including academic fraud and a failure to monitor its football program. It also issued a three-year show-cause penalty for former assistant coach John Blake, who had received personal loans from an NFL agent. "This case should serve as a cautionary tale to all institutions to vigilantly monitor the activities of those student-athletes who possess the potential to be top professional prospects," the committee stated in its report. "It should also serve to warn student-athletes that if they choose to accept benefits from agents or their associates, they risk losing their eligibility for collegiate competition." The postseason ban is for this fall and prevents the Tar Heels from playing in either the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game or a bowl game. The scholarship reductions would be five per year, also starting in the fall. In September, North Carolina announced it would impose several penalties of its own, including vacating all 16 wins for 2008 and 2009, reducing nine scholarships over the next three academic years and putting the program on two years of probation. The school also issued a self-imposed $50,000 fine but it didn't impose a postseason ban in what the school called "difficult but necessary steps." But the committee decided that wasn't enough. "The university did a great job of investigating it," infractions committee chairman Britton Banowsky said in a teleconference with reporters. "They tried to get to the truth, and that's not always the case, but in this case it was clear that they did. ... Nevertheless, it was a serious case and we had aggravating factors." - AP Sports

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