Welcome to our 2013 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Rob Quinn. Rob is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.
If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Rob and request he put a profile together. You can email him at RQUINN619@billsmafia.com with a request.
The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Rob will include thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall, the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.
6’1” 244 lbs
While linebackers such as Manti Te’o, Alec Ogletree, and Kevin Minter have gotten publicity on the mainstream media draft publications, Kansas State’s Arthur Brown is probably the best linebacker in the 2013 NFL Draft class. Brown is in the mold of the new-age linebacker that is really almost an oversized safety. Linebackers Lavonte David and Bobby Wagner burst onto the scene as second round draft picks and made an immediate impact due to their exceptional pass coverage abilities, and I expect the same from Brown, who is the best linebacker I’ve watched this year.
Arthur Brown has only started two seasons at Kansas State after transferring from the Miami Hurricanes following the 2010 season. However, he made an immediate impact, recording 201 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, three interceptions, and defending nine passes in the past two seasons. He’s a nightmare in coverage, as he’s extremely athletic and reads plays as they develop with ease. He uses his athleticism to his advantage, changing directions with fluidity and breaking on passes immediately. Despite being listed at under 230 pounds throughout the year, Brown utilized excellent tacking technique and solid fundamentals that allowed him to consistently bring down ballcarriers with limited missed attempts. He avoids blockers better than any linebacker in this draft class, and his instincts are phenomenal.
Brown was a bit undersized which caused him to get eaten up by blockers at times. His limited size really caused him to struggle when trying to stack and shed offensive linemen, but he weighed in at 244 pounds at the NFL Combine. He played middle linebacker at Kansas State, but his inability to effectively shed might cause him to be best suited as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3 defense, where his coverage skills would be best utilized. He’s not effective as a pass rusher and doesn’t have a strong bull rush.
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Lavonte David, Navarro Bowman
Best Game: Miami (’12)- 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, sack, fumble recovery
Worst Game: Oklahoma (’12)- 8 tackles