NFL Draft Preview – Donald Brown

Apr 13, 2009
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I continue to profile the NFL Draft RB prospects with UConn’s Donald Brown.  Brown more than matched his combined 2006 & 2007 production last year running for 2083 yards, which led the nation, on 367 carries (5.7 ypc) and 18 TDs.  He added 21 receptions out of the backfield for 125 yards.  He was a monster in the International Bowl running for 261 yards and a score on 29 carries in a 38-20 Win.  He also ran for 214 yards vs. Temple, 206 vs. Virginia, 190 vs. Louisville, and 189 vs. Pitt throughout the year.

Brown has decent NFL RB size at 5’10″, 210 Lbs and showed good speed (4.46) at the combine.  He has great vision and good football instincts with a decent amount of elusiveness.  He has the ability to break off a big play as well as catch the ball out of the backfield.  He won’t be an every down back initially, but he could work his way into that role.  One of his biggest calling cards will be the professionalism and sense of community that he will bring to an NFL franchise.  He is an extremely hard worker and fully believes in giving back to the community.  In today’s economy that will go along way for community relations. 

Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown:  #36 to the Cleveland Browns

WalterFootball.com:  #36 to the Cleveland Browns

Consensus Draft Services:  #34 to the New England Patriots

The Football Expert:  #36 to the Cleveland Browns

War Room Report:  #38 to the Cincinnati Bengals

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    April 13th, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    His name is frequently mentioned here in Cincinnati.

  2. LestersLegends
    April 13th, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    I like Benson, but he needs help for sure.

  3. David Funk
    April 13th, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Good breakdown again.

    Brown was the biggest reason why Connecticut has turned into a good football program in the last couple of seasons.

    His all around work ethic alone gives him a great chance to succeed at the NFL level.

    Nice breakdown!

  4. LestersLegends
    April 13th, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    Thanks man. I hope he succeeds.

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