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Zach Brown

Zach Brown - #47 - OLB

Height: 6-1 1/4
Weight: 244
Speed: 4.47
Arm: 33 1/4
Hand: 9 1/2
Wingspan: 78
Birthdate: 10/23/1989
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Grade: 5.70

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/20/2012 North Carolina Pro Day 6-1 1/4 242 9 3/4 33 1/2 78 3/4 4.49 22 35 4.32 12.15 7.26
02/29/2012 Combine 6-1 1/4 244 9 1/2 33 1/4 78 4.47 9'8" 33 1/2
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-1 3/8 236 9 3/8 32 1/2 78 1/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-2 1/2 230 4.45

 

Notes:

Linebacker-running back who had a 29-0 record as a wrestler and won Class 3A state titles in the 100 meters (10.67 seconds) and 200 meters (21.52) as a Maryland prep. Spent 2007 at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.). As a reserve/special-teams player with the Tar Heels in ’08, was credited with six tackles, zero tackles for loss and zero sacks. Played all 13 games in ’09, starting the first six at weak-side linebacker (gave way to Kevin Reddick the second half of the season), and tallied 47-4-0 with one interception. Played all 13 games in ’10, starting five at the WLB spot in ’10, and posted 72-11⁄2-0 with three interceptions. Also competed for the UNC track team and broke the 60-meter mark in his first event before tweaking his hamstring and quitting. Special-teams captain as a junior. Led the team in tackles in ’11 after recording 105-131⁄2-51⁄2 with four pass breakups, three interceptions and three forced fumbles in 13 games (12 starts). Was restricted to special-teams duty against Georgia Tech for violating team rules. 

Positives:

Rare straight-line speed — blazed as low as a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at the Combine and closes on the ball in a blink when he sees it and attacks. Explosively quick-twitched movement skill. Effective getting skinny, timing up the snap and darting through gaps as a blitzer (see two sacks vs. Clemson).  

Negatives:

Very average eyes and instincts. Lacks take-on toughness and functional football-playing strength — is too easily knocked off balance. Lacks discipline — does not play assignment-sound football or attack gaps at proper angles. Freelances. Does not play hard — leaves too much production on the field. Relies too much on his natural athletic ability and weight-room work habits are lacking. Hamstring issues could always be concerning.

Summary:

Undisciplined, run-around freelancer with rare speed and explosion to wow evaluators with flash plays, but overall body of work and ethic leave much to be desired. Fits only as a run-and-hit weak-side ’backer. Could always be nagged by tight hamstrings.


Zach Brown's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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