NFL Draft Preview – Andre Brown
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Brown didn’t exactly set the world on fire for North Carolina State. He ran for a modest 767 yards on 175 carries (4.4 ypc) with 7 TDs. He added 29 receptions for 309 yards and two scores. He had just 39 yards in a 29-23 loss to Rutgers in the PapaJohns.com Bowl. He had just one 100+ yard game last year, and six for his four-year career for the Wolfpack.
He does have great size (6’0″, 228 Lbs) and speed (4.37 forty). He is also very accomplished at catching the ball out of the backfield, especially for a big back. According to Frank Cooney from The SportsXchange/NFLDraftScout.com, Brown “is a thick, powerful straight-line runner who can push a pile and break tackles and then run away from people with his speed. Brown is also an excellent receiver who causes mismatches against most safeties and linebackers, and he is strong, tenacious and reliable as a blocker.” He has had foot surgery, which could scare some teams off, but ultimately his size, speed, and versatility will find him a home. He is ideal as a compliment to a team with a smaller, established feature back.
Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown: #75 overall, 5th ranked RB
WalterFootball.com: #112 to the Houston Texans
Consensus Draft Services: #72 to the Jacksonville Jaguars
The Football Expert: #74 to the San Francisco 49ers
War Room Report: 5th ranked RB