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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Duane Brown, OT

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 315 | College: Virginia Tech
 
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Overview

Regarded as the best athlete on the team, Duane Brown started three seasons at offensive tackle after converting from tight end.

After lining up on the right side as a sophomore and junior, Brown was shifted to left tackle as a senior. The offense struggled throughout the 2007 season, as the front wall allowed 54 quarterback sacks after giving up only 29 in 2006.

Brown lettered twice as a tight end and defensive end at Hermitage High School. He was rated the 13th-best prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times and Super Prep, ranked 49th among the nation's tight ends by Rivals100.com, and rated 37th on Tom Lemming's All-Mid Atlantic team.

He played in the Panthers' first three games his senior year before suffering a broken leg, but returned for the Central Region semifinal game, catching seven passes for just under 100 yards in his limited playing time. He also recorded 15 tackles, along with a pair of sacks to earn second-team All-District honors.

As a junior, Brown registered 10 catches for 115 yards and two scores, while contributing six sacks on defense. He also lettered in basketball, averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds a game. In track, he finished fourth in the Group AAA outdoor shot put competition.

Brown enrolled at Virginia Tech, red-shirting as a tight end on the scout team in 2003. He appeared in 13 games as a reserve tight end in 2004, catching three passes for 64 yards (21.3-yard average) and one touchdown. He participated on 157 offensive snaps and 150 more on special teams.

Brown was listed second on the depth chart at tight end during fall drills, but prior to the season opener, he moved to right offensive tackle, starting all thirteen games. In 673 offensive snaps, he collected fifteen knockdown blocks. He also appeared in 148 special team plays.

As a junior, Brown continued to excel at right tackle. He registered 22 knockdowns in a total of 806 snaps. He also performed on special teams, recording two tackles while blocking a field goal. He earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition and was voted state Offensive Lineman/End of the Year by the Richmond Touchdown Club.

In 2007, Brown garnered second-team All-ACC honors. He switched to left offensive tackle, totaling 34 knockdowns, but he also allowed 8.5 of the 54 sacks given up by the front wall. He blocked a pair of kicks and registered four tackles. He also became a two-time state Offensive Lineman/End of the Year pick by the Richmond Touchdown Club.

Analysis

Positives: Has good upper-body thickness, big waist and hips, good muscle development in his chest, shoulders and arms, decent bubble and adequate leg thickness … Needs to show more consistency, but plays with good aggression, especially when he properly shoots his hands -- has the strength to stop a defender in his tracks, but needs to keep his hands inside his frame better … Displays the functional foot quickness for short-slide protection, just needs to be consistent … Has balance and body control, as well as quickness and balance to readjust and generally play on his feet … Lacks the hip snap to generate movement, but is light on his feet for a player his size … Will go through stretches where he reaches and seals the seven-tech, but then all of a sudden, he gets beaten off the edge … Has adequate recovery balance, but is rarely on the ground … Even when he comes out of his stance too high, he has enough athletic ability to maneuver in tight areas … Quick to position and when he opens his hips and stays active with his hands, he can screen and turn the defender … Can force the chase route, but must learn to work his hips better … More of a position or wall-off type of drive blocker, but when he keeps his pad level down, he is good at reaching and scooping … When he gets movement on the double-team, he can gain advantage and seal off and even when he gets too high before contact, he can adjust and strike with force (just needs to become more confident in shooting and resetting his hands) … Must do a better job of staying lower in his pads on in-line pulls, but is able to locate defenders with a good chest strike … Will over-set in pass protection, but has the foot balance to recover and also shows the functional speed and athletic ability to climb to the second level … Has poor knee bend to strike vs. move-oriented pass rushers, but somehow manages to adjust to moving targets … Is aware of how to use his body mass to sustain blocks and while he is stronger on top than in his legs, he is starting to learn how to grab for control (just gets off-balance when he lunges) … Is starting to develop a better feel for extending his arms to get into the defender and seal off … Still a very raw product, but his athletic ability, quickness and frame indicate that he could develop into a special player, if he receives patient coaching.

Negatives: Still learning proper hand technique, he will lean into a defender rather than use his long reach to stave the opponent off … Despite his quick feet, he struggled out on an island on the left side, as he failed to contain the speed rushers due to marginal kick slide and would be better served returning to the right side until he can gain more experience (has only played on the offensive line for three years of his entire football career, including high school) … Needs to be more explosive with his hand technique and shows marginal flexibility in alignment … Plays with only adequate awareness in pass protection, he does not yet have that natural feel or awareness to locate and pick up defenders on the move … Has had some academic issues and needs more than a few reps to retain plays … Has good aggression, but needs to show it with better consistency … Is not the type that will put in the extra hours in the weight and film rooms and needs to develop a better work ethic … Plays with just adequate knee bend, making him appear stiff when having to move down the line … Possesses an adequate base as a run-blocker, but lacks good hip drive and fails to sink his weight consistently to generate movement … Has only adequate adjustment quickness and is more of a wall off-and-sustain type of blocker than one that will generate strong pop and drive on contact … Needs to stay low in his pads, as he will get too tall in his base when initiating contact and loses leverage … Appears to be stiff in his hips and this affects his balance and body control when trying to get out in front on traps and pulls … Likes to get into a defender's chest, but needs to do it with more discrepancy, as he gets caught a lot by the line judges, resulting in a high amount of holding penalties (flagged seven times in 2007 -- see Ohio University, North Carolina, both Boston College games and vs. Florida State) … Must show better hip roll and play with a wider base to compensate for a lack of knee movement … His base tends to get too narrow vs. upfield pass-rushers and while he has the ability to generate a short slide, he leans into his man too much (gets top-heavy) … Struggles with change-up rushes across his face and will revert to oversetting vs. the outside edge rushers … Needs to improve his hand usage to create better separation, as he will sometimes struggle to control and redirect defenders … Plays too tall in his pass set, and will struggle to redirect vs. speed moves … .Must improve his lower-body strength, as two-gap defenders have good success pushing him back into the pocket … For some reason, he will ankle-bite instead of standing up and facing up to them when trying to cut block.

Compares To: JASON PETERS-Buffalo … Some might be scared off by the negatives in Brown's scouting report. But Brown has the same qualities as an athlete that Peters showed coming out of college. Both are former tight ends with minimal playing time at offensive tackle. The only thing that worries scouts about Brown is his learning ability, which could be an issue at the pro level. A coach that will both light his fire but bring him along slowly while revamping his technique might find gold with Brown. Buffalo more than got by taking that approach with Peters.

Career Notes

Brown registered 71 knockdown blocks in his three seasons as an offensive tackle … Also recorded six tackles 94 solo) and blocked three kicks on special teams … On offense, he caught three passes for 64 yards (21.3-yard average) and one touchdown, adding three yards on a rushing attempt.

2007 Season

Earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition for the second-straight season and was a two-time state Offensive Lineman/End of the Year pick by the Richmond Touchdown Club … Shifted to left offensive tackle, starting all 14 games … Graded 79.07% for blocking consistency, as he delivered 34 knockdowns/key blocks for an offense that averaged 330.5 yards per game … Had some difficult stretches adjusting to playing left offensive tackle, allowing 8.5 of the 54 quarterback sacks given up by the team on 379 pass plays … Also allowed four pressures and was penalized seven times.

2007 Game Analysis

Louisiana State … Opened a rush lane used by QB Tyrod Taylor for a 1-yard touchdown run, but failed to pick up defensive end Rahim Alem on an 8-yard sack of Taylor with 3:09 left in the game … Head to Head Competition-DE#84-Rahim Alem (6:03-254)-One solo tackle, one 8-yard sack.

Ohio University … Was penalized for a false start midway through the third quarter, but made up for that miscue at the end of that 54-yard, 9-play drive, shoving nose guard Brett Sykes out of the way on Tyrod Taylor's third-&-goal 6-yard scoring run … Head to Head Competition-DE#90-Jameson Hartke (6:04-262)-Four assisted tackles.

William & Mary … Graded 87%, running over linebacker Josh Rutter with Branden Ore following on a third-&-goal 2-yard run over left end in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-DE#95-C.J. Herbert (6:03-262)-Two tackles (one solo).

North Carolina … Was penalized for being an ineligible receiver down field with 3:05 left in the first quarter at the NC 38 … Head to Head Competition-DE#92-E.J. Wilson (6:02-267)-Two tackles (one solo).

Duke … Allowed a pair of pressures, but posted a season-high five knockdowns and opened a hole used by tailback Kenny Lewis for a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-DE#99-Wesley Oglesby (6:06-252)-One solo tackle, a stop for a 4-yard loss, two pressures.

Boston College … Was in for a long afternoon, as he was penalized for an illegal block, negating an 8-yard catch by Justin Harper and then allowed defensive end Nick Larkin to sack QB Sean Glennon for a 3-yard loss later in that drive with 2:05 left in the second quarter … Larkin would later beat the left tackle to sack Glennon on a third-&-8 snap for a 4-yard loss late in the third frame … Head to Head Competition-DE#57-Nick Larkin (6:04-241)-Five tackles (2 solos), two sacks for minus 7 yards, one pressure.

Florida State … Was penalized twice for false starts, but posted five knockdowns, including one that upended linebacker Geno Hayes on Tyrod Taylor's flag pass to Josh Morgan for a second quarter 5-yard touchdown … Head to Head Competition-DE#94-Justin Mincey (6:05-266)-No tackles.

Miami … Manhandled defensive end Calais Campbell, posting five knockdowns and a season-high 89% grade as the offense totaled 358 yards … Led the third quarter charge on Branden Ore's 7-yard touchdown run … Head to Head Competition-DE#81-Calais Campbell (6:08-280)-Two assisted tackles.

Virginia … Tackled Vic Hall on a 6-yard punt return late in the second quarter and ran over defensive end Chris Long on Tyrod Taylor's 9-yard touchdown run, but Long exacted revenge by sacking Sean Glennon for a 13-yard loss, causing a fumble that Virginia recovered to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by QB Jameel Sewell … Head to Head Competition-DE#91-Chris Long (6:04-279)-Six tackles (4 solo0s), 1.5 sacks for minus 16 yards, one forced fumble.

Boston College (ACC Championship) … It was an up-&-down day for Brown, who allowed a 1-yard sack by defensive end Nick Larkin and was penalized for false starts in the second and fourth quarters … On the good news front, he blocked a 36-yard field go on BC's first series of the game and later blocked an extra point try after Matt Ryan's 14-yard scoring run in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-DE#57-Nick Larkin (6:04-241)-Two solo tackles, a 1-yard sack, two stops for losses.

2006 Season

All-ACC second-team choice … Voted state Offensive Lineman/End of the Year by the Richmond Touchdown Club … Started all year at right offensive tackle, registering 22 knockdown blocks for an offense that averaged 295.2 yards per game … Allowed four of the 29 sacks for losses of 219 yards that was given up by the front wall … Participated in a total of 806 snaps, as he also recorded two tackles and blocked a field goal … .Received the team's President's Award as the most outstanding leader on offense during the off season and spring.

2006 Game Analysis

Graded out at 87% on 40 plays during the opener with Northeastern, as he posted three knockdown blocks … Saw action on 47 offensive snaps and 13 special teams plays at North Carolina, grading 83% … Added three knockdowns and graded 80% on 56 offensive plays vs. Duke … At Cincinnati, Brown played all 87 snaps and posted three knockdowns … Went the entire way vs. Clemson, grading 83% with a pair of knockdowns … Graded 83% while playing every offensive snap at Miami, as he also blocked a field goal and had a tackle on punt coverage.

2005 Season

Was second on the depth chart at tight end during August camp, but prior to the season opener, he moved to right offensive tackle, starting every game … Registered 15 knockdown blocks while appearing in 678 offensive plays, seeing 148 additional snaps on special teams.

2004 Season

Reserve tight end, seeing action in 14 games … Caught three passes for 64 yards (21.3-yard average) and a touchdown … Appeared in 157 offensive snaps and 150 more on special teams … Caught his first collegiate pass vs. Western Michigan, a 33-yarder from Sean Glennon that went for a touchdown … Had a 26-yard reception in the win over Florida A&M.

2003 Season

Redshirted as a freshman, performing on the scout team as a tight end.

Injury Report

2002: Missed the final eight regular season games of his high school senior year with a broken bone in his left fibula.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.91 in the 40-yard dash … 400-pound bench press … 530-pound squat … 341-pound power clean … 33-inch vertical jump … 33 1/4-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 29/32 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 5.07 in the 40-yard dash … 27 1/2-inch vertical jump … 4.52 20-yard shuttle … 7.58 three-cone drill.

High School

Attended Hermitage (Richmond, Va.) High School, playing football for head coach Patrick Kane … Lettered twice as a tight end and defensive end … Rated the 13th-best prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times and Super Prep, ranked 49th among the nation's tight ends by Rivals100.com, and rated 37th on Tom Lemming's All-Mid Atlantic team … Played in the Panthers' first three games his senior year before suffering a broken leg, but returned for the Central Region semifinal game, catching seven passes for just under 100 yards in his limited playing time … Also recorded 15 tackles, along with a pair of sacks to earn second-team All-District honors … As a junior, Brown registered 10 catches for 115 yards and two scores, while contributing six sacks on defense … Lettered in basketball, averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds a game … In track, he finished fourth in the Group AAA outdoor shot put competition.

Personal

Apparel, Housing and Resource Management major, with a minor in Consumer Studies … Son of Myra and Dennis Brown … Born Duane Anthony Brown on 8/30/85 in Richmond, Virginia.

 
 

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