2018 NFL Draft

Zach Brown, OLB

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Columbia, MD
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 244 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 2/52 - Zach Brown, LB, 6-1, 242, North Carolina...This fills a need for a speedy weak-side linebacker, who should compete right away for a starting job. A solid pick, but a bit of a surprise, given that Tennessee bypassed center Peter Konz, who had a first-round grade. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - LB Zach Brown, North Carolina -- The Titans wanted players who could get to the ball. Speedy and athletic, Brown is a fresh-legged version of LB Will Witherspoon, a weak-side linebacker who should excel in coverage and make explosive plays on against the run tracking the ball sideline-to-sideline.

04/03/2012 - NFL DRAFT CONCERNS: OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina: While many were touting Brown's athleticism throughout the 2011 season, I've preached caution due to his lack of physicality and questionable instincts. The lack of recognition skills aren't just based off tape. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/21/2012 - North Carolina Pro Day: Outside linebacker Zach Brown stole the show by proving even faster in Chapel Hill than he was at the Combine. Despite leading all linebackers tested at the Combine with a 4.50 second time in the 40-yard dash, Brown elected to do the drill again Tuesday, clocking in at 4.47 seconds. The 6-1 (1/4), 242 pound Brown also improved in the vertical jump (35") after registering a 33.5" jump at the Combine and posted 22 repetitions of 225 pounds Tuesday in the bench press drill. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/20/2012 - Pro football scouts arrived on UNC's campus Tuesday to see what the graduating Tar Heels have to offer before the upcoming draft. New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was in attendance, along with team officials from the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, and others. Linebacker Zach Brown was a hot topic and tried to make up for a rough day at the combine in late February. "I think I did good today," Brown says. "I came out and I competed. I was happy with my result. I did what I could do today. I was feeling good, I wasn't sick this time, so they got to see me when I was at my worst and they got to see me when I was at my best." Brown was sick with a stomach bug on the first day of the combine, which held him back at the event. After the initial timing round, the players were broken up into four groups: defensive line, defensive backs, offensive backs and receivers, and offensive line. Defensive tackle Tydreke Powell says this process makes him realize he is moving on from Carolina. "I'm going to miss Carolina," Powell says. "I'm going to miss running out of the tunnel and seeing all that blue. But, it's a good thing that pro day is over to get the toll off my back. Now it's just a wait and a stressful process." All of the players at Tuesday's event played during the NCAA's 20-month investigation. Center Cam Holland says he's hoping to move on to the NFL, but these NCAA rulings still have an effect on the graduates. - Ran Northam, Chapelboro.com

03/16/2012 - NFL Draft Scout Top Edge Players, OLB/DE: Zach Brown, OLB/DE, North Carolina, 6-1, 244, 1-2...He is only beginning to learn how to maximize his exceptional ability on a football field, but Brown is fast and fascinating. He has an abundance of the one natural ability that can't be taught - speed. Brown officially set a school record in track with an indoor 60 meters of 6.72 seconds in 2009. He checked in at the combine with an unofficial best of 4.44 seconds in the 40 and actually seemed off stride in the middle of the run. He added a vertical jump of 33.5 inches. His raw athleticism is tantalizing, but he lacks the instincts to be a great linebacker and may need to add even more bulk than the additional 6 pounds he put on for the combine. Meantime, at the very least, he can be a terror on special teams, same as he was in college. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com

03/06/2012 - Often asked to drop into coverage at North Carolina, Brown is experienced in the role and not only has excellent timed speed, but his athleticism translates to the football field because of his balance, loose hips and explosive burst. Brown has the athleticism to ride in the hip pocket of tight ends and has the ball skills (seven career interceptions) to make quarterbacks pay for challenging him. Not surprisingly, when Brown was asked at the combine about how he'd fit in at the NFL, he cited his speed as his best asset and mentioned many of the tight ends by name that his future pro team is hoping he'll be able to slow down. "[My speed] helps a lot so then I can cover tight ends like Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, Jermichael Finley, all of the others," Brown said. "[Speed] just makes your defense so much better." Brown's speed may be enough to get him drafted on the first day. Some believe that a linebacker expected to get picked a day later will ultimately wind up as the better pro. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 34. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina, 6-1, 236, 1-2...Brown is fast and fascinating, but is only beginning to learn how to maximize his exceptional athletic ability on a football field. He has an abundance of one natural ability that can't be taught -- speed. He officially set a school record in track with an indoor 60-meter time of 6.72 seconds in 2009. He unofficially was timed in 4.28 seconds for 40 yards by his football coaches. If Brown repeats that the Indianapolis Combine he will cause quite a stir. His raw athleticism is tantalizing, but he lacks the instincts to be a great linebacker and will need to add bulk to make a physical impression at the next level. Meantime, he can be a terror on special teams, same as he was in college. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/22/2012 - TOP 10 BEST BETS TO PUT ON COMBINE FREAK SHOW: Zach Brown, UNC, OLB: There will be many bigger linebackers in Indy but none faster than the Tar Heel. Brown is amazing athlete. Before arriving in Chapel Hill he had a 29-0 record as a prep wrestler with 17 pins. He also ran for over 1,500 yards as a high school senior. In his first time running the 40 as a Tar Heel, he started coaches by clocking a 4.28. Brown has spent the past six weeks in South Florida working out with trainer Tony Villiani, who says the Tar Heel "will be bigger than people think he is. He's not going to be that small weakside linebacker. The goal is for him to be low 4.4s or under. People know about his speed but normally guys who are that fast hey may not be as agile too. People who watched him at the Senior Bowl know he's both." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/24/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL TUESDAY: OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina: While he has only average size and strength, Brown's athleticism and playing speed have been elite, as expected. He has shown explosive quickness with the rare fluidity and change of direction skills that make him so special athletically. With that said, his instincts are very hot/cold and he needs to show better read/react skills. Scouts fear he might be limited as a "Will" linebacker at the next level in a traditional 4-3 scheme. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/21/2011 - North Carolina senior linebacker Zach Brown was named the recipient of the 2011 Elite Linebacker Trophy, announced Wednesday by College Football Performance Awards. Brown was a first-team All-ACC selection this year and compiled a team-high 91 tackles. He added 11.5 tackles for loss, 6 quarterback hurries, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions. Brown was named a Team MVP at the 2011 senior football banquet. - North Carolina football

11/17/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The run defense has been the strength for North Carolina. The Tar Heels are holding opponents to 108.3 yards a game and 3.1 yards a rush. They are off their usual pace in interceptions, however, with just 12 in their 10 games. Senior LB Zach Brown leads in tackles (71), tackles-for-loss (9.5) and sacks (5.5) and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two. - The Sports Xchange

10/31/2011 - WEEK 9 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Zach Brown, North Carolina, Sr., LB, 6-2, 230, Columbia, Md. Senior linebacker Zach Brown finished with nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, in North Carolina's 49-24 win over Wake Forest. UNC scored on both of the possessions following Brown's turnovers. Brown now has a team-high 62 tackles this season with team-highs of 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. - ACC football

10/10/2011 - WEEK 6 ACC CO-LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Zach Brown, North Carolina, LB, Sr., 6-2, 230, Columbia, Md. Alternating between outside linebacker and middle linebacker, senior Zach Brown posted a game-high 11 tackles and recorded his first interception of the season in Carolina's 14-7 win over Louisville. Brown, the team leader with 42 tackles, had to call the defensive plays with Kevin Reddick out with an ankle injury. The Tar Heels shut out the Cardinals for three quarters and held Louisville to 273 yards, including just 85 in the second half. - ACC football

10/05/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Louisville at North Carolina, Oct. 8 - The Tar Heels wrap up non-conference play against a Louisville team that has split its first four games. The Cardinals are coming off a loss to Marshall and earlier lost at home to Florida International. Their wins were over Murray State, an FCS program, and Kentucky. KEYS TO THE GAME: Run enough to keep Louisville honest on defense. The Cardinals are holding opponents to just 85 yards a game rushing, but can be susceptible to big plays in the passing game as they demonstrated in their early loss to Florida International. Carolina's defense should be happy facing a team that doesn't have a gimmick offense like Georgia Tech's triple option or East Carolina's spread, but the Heels can't relax either. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: North Carolina at Georgia Tech, Sept. 24 - Both teams are 3-0 but neither has been 4-0 in a long while. The Tar Heels last won their first four games in 1997 when they got off to an 8-0 start. The Yellow Jackets have not been 4-0 since 1990, when they finished 11-0-1 and shared the national championship with Colorado. KEYS TO THE GAME: Slow Georgia Tech's running game. Stopping the Yellow Jackets' triple option completely is not likely, but keeping it reasonable is a realistic goal. The Tar Heels have to be aware of Tech's knack for getting off a big play in the passing game as well. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Zach Brown is North Carolina's leading tackler with 24 stops, 15 of them solo efforts. As with every player on the unit, he has to concentrate on his assignment. - The Sports Xchange

07/18/2011 - 2011 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Zach Brown, North Carolina, has been selected one of 51 linebackers named to the 2011 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is handed out annually to the top linebacker in college football. A senior from of Columbia, Md., Brown finished second on the team with 72 tackles despite starting just five games last year. He also was a special teams captain after earning the most points in Carolina's scoring system. - North Carolina football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Zach Brown, North Carolina, LB, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. Senior linebacker Zach Brown, a native of Columbia, Md., finished second on the team with 72 tackles despite starting just five games last year. He also was a special teams captain after earning the most points in Carolina's scoring system. - North Carolina football