Anthony Brown, CB
School: Purdue | Conference: BIG-10
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 190 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 5th or 6th Round
NFL Comparison: Captain Munnerlyn
Anthony Brown is a speedy cornerback who's had a sneaky productive career at Purdue. In high school, Brown ran the 100-meter dash in 10.58 seconds. Brown has decent size for the position with a compact body type. What's most impressive about Brown are his instincts, his active hands, and his willingness and accuracy in tackling in space. He is a somewhat raw talent but his ability to locate the ball and break up the pass is impressive and he has a good foundation to work with. His willingness to close and take out ball carriers along with pulling off several splash plays have gotten him recognized by NFL scouts.
- Brown's vision to see the field and awareness jumps on when watching him. Great at locating the ball and positioning himself to disrupt the play.
- Active hands, fights to the last millisecond working to get the ball out of the receivers hands. Impressive duality (as weird as it may sound) using both hands to aid him if need be.
- Plays with confidence and shows patience and range of motion showing off his athleticism with great closing speed and ability to make some of the more athletic pass breakups you'll see out of this draft class.
- Showed decent hands though 3 of his interceptions came from Nebraska they weren't gimmie picks. (Maybe one was).
- Willing and able to put his head down and take out a lead blocker to disrupt a play and to bring down the ball carrier.
- Active hands also hurt him get grabby against bigger receivers. He got away with it in college but won't in the NFL.
- Has obvious technique issues that need to be fixed by NFL positional coaches including when to come out of his backpedal, how to push and pull with his body and hands.
- Doesn't have ideal fluidity in his footwork seems a bit clunky at times.
- Doesn't have a track record of production specific to interceptions outside of his senior year. Is it an anomaly or is it growth?
Let's see his work:
Anthony Brown/CB/Purdue having a good day. Only corner that's been able to stop or contain Tajae Sharpe thus far.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) January 20, 2016
Raiders meeting with Vandy safety Andrew Williamson and Purdue CB Anthony Brown— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) January 19, 2016
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
Teams who are looking for an instinctive, confident, and physical corner will look at Brown if they think he has a good foundation of skills to work with and mold. Brown's stock could significantly rise after his combine appearance as he should test well athletically. If the Redskins were interested in Brown and selected him he would contribute on special teams. His speed would be an asset getting down the field to cover punts and his ability to close and tackle in space would really benefit this team. He would obviously add depth and youth to the cornerback position and he may be a scheme fit as he plays zone and bail coverage better than he does press coverage. There is something there with Brown but he must go to a team willing to mold and invest time in him. Could the Redskins in the mix?