2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Vincent Brown
It’s too bad that Vincent Brown didn’t light up the high school football world at Rancho Cucamonga because there was no question about just how talented he was. He never caught for more than 530 yards prior to being a three star recruit for the Aztecs.
But Brown started making an impact right away for San Diego State. He played in nearly every game in all four years, and had his breakout season in 2009 as a junior catching 45 passes for 778 yards for a 17.3 average per reception. He lit up the college world (quietly) as a senior averaging nearly 20 yards per catch, which is incredible.
Player Name: Vincent Brown
Position: Wide Receiver
School: San Diego State
Hand: 10 1/4
40 Time: 4.66
Vincent Brown is very fast. Some will say that he has adequate speed, but I think his game speed is quite under estimated. He has very soft hands, making even the hardest catches look easy. He has an uncanny ability to locate the ball and pick it right out of the air. Brown is quite agile, having very quick feet and getting off of the line of scrimmage in a hurry. He’s excellent after the catch, being very shifty and elusive in the open field. His speed allows him to stretch the field, and his quickness allows him to make plays horizontally as well. He has value as a returner at the next level as well. He often plays bigger than his size, and isn’t afraid to fight for the ball, no matter how large the defender. He finds holes in zone coverage, and gets great separation against man coverage.
Brown’s size will be a turnoff to some teams. While he fights for the ball, he doesn’t always win. He doesn’t have a very impressive vertical leap, and won’t be a great red zone player. He will struggle getting off of corners in press coverage, being jammed at the line. Some minor injury concerns may be brought up after missing a few games in his junior year due to a fractured thumb. Some may worry about his football IQ, and learning more routes, although that may prove to be quite the fallacy, and he’s always shown a yearn to learn.
Brown’s ability to both stretch the field and make the play after the catch will help his draft status as he could fill in for almost any team. He may be best utilized in the slot, and it’ll be interesting to see if a team wants to draft a slot receiver high in the second round. I don’t think he’ll sneak into the first round, but he’s going to be targeted around 35-50. Teams like Cleveland, Washington, Houston, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Jacksonville will be excellent targets for Brown.
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