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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IDL Bobby Brown III

  • The Draft Network
  • January 14, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY – BOBBY BROWN III

Bobby Brown III is an interior defender that’s built like a brick house. He possesses a very mature body that helps him maintain leverage as a run defender on the interior. He’s proven to anchor well and has the lower-body strength to stand pat at the point of attack. Brown III does everything that you can ask a run defender to do on the interior of the first level. While he isn’t a big sack artist, he has the ability to create pressure strictly off of gaining penetration with his natural strength. Playing mainly the 1-technique, he has gained lots of experience against double teams. He’s routinely able to use his mature frame,  power, and short-area quickness to create quick wins along the interior. While his value mainly shows up pre-third down, his presence in the middle causes constant problems for offenses when his motor constantly runs. On/off-ness is the biggest weakness associated with Brown III's game, especially as a pass rusher. There are times where he appears lackadaisical and won’t give much as a pass rusher when he’s shown to be much more consistent beforehand. He turns into a ball swatter instead of first trying to get pressure on the QB. His three-down value will always be a constant debate due to his motor and it leaves a lot to be desired because of the potential that he has shown in spurts with doing so.

Ideal Role: Developmental 1-technique.

Scheme Fit: 1-technique in a 4-3 defensive front.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: LSU (2020), Florida (2020), Alabama (2020), Vanderbilt (2020), South Carolina (2020)

Best Game Studied: LSU (2020), Florida (2020), South Carolina (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Alabama (2020)

First-Step Explosiveness: Brown III has shown flashes of possessing plenty of first-step quickness. With a bulk of those positive plays coming on early downs, he has the short-area quickness necessary to push interior blockers back as a result. Building and sustaining that momentum through the first level is accredited to his lower-body twitch. 

Flexibility: There’s plenty of bend involved in his game, but Brown III is adamant about maintaining his natural leverage advantage by forcing his hands inside the chest of blockers. With a clear strike zone, Brown III works hard with his hands to keep them inside of those imaginary boundaries that are solely located within the top half of matchups. Keeping that leverage has allowed him to forklift and drive back the opposition routinely. 

Hand Counters: Not much of a counter puncher, Brown III wants to create wins by ending fights quickly with his power and leverage. When blockers have been able to match his strength, he’s had troubles with adjusting and altering his plan to have a plan B to match their plan A. Developing some type of counter move or one that can help reroute him to ball locations will be needed or his three-down value will always be viewed as obsolete. 

Hand Power: Outstandingly strong hands, it’s clear to see that there’s a strong jolt when he's able to make contact. Walking blockers back into the pocket and creating interior pressure has been a frequent occurrence and he also has a similar type of effect as a run defender. A head-down-and-go penetrator, he uses his body strength first and then follows it up with his hands as a backup option if unable to get desired spots. 

Run Defending: Having a wealth of experience as a run defender, he can take on and hold his ground against double team attempts. Primarily used as a 1-technique, Brown III is a gap clogger that eats up precious seconds from climbing blockers, as it takes extra time for them to move onto the second level. A shield for second-level defenders, he can keep smaller players clean, but he also creates advantageous situations for his surroundings as a result of his sacrifices. 

Effort/Motor: The biggest question with Brown III will be his on-off switch. There are times where he looks like an ultra explosive up-the-field player and there are other moments where he completely checks out and gives minimal effort. Minimizing those low-level effort plays will be needed, but there were improvements made in 2020 compared to 2019. This is another area that may cause debate on whether or not he can be a three-down player. 

Football IQ: Brown III is above average with noticing plays that are attempting to be executed against him. Against double teams or single blocks, he’s heady with understanding which types are headed in his direction. Screen passes were used on occasion and he proved to have the heads-up knowledge to try to redirect and find where the running back was located. Even though he didn’t ultimately make the play, noticing that his path to the QB was too easy and immediately checking his surroundings was a plus.

Lateral Mobility: An average athlete for his size, Brown III doesn’t have consistent range. There are times where he attempts to make plays outside of the tackle boxes, but he doesn’t have the athleticism in order to get there. Expanding his game outside of the tackle boxes is a tough ask for him.  

Core/Functional Strength: A well-developed frame throughout, Brown III is a wide-bodied player that can be an immovable object on the interior when fully engaged in plays. His lower body enables him to hold strong at the point of attack and despite double teams attempting to create movement against him, he’s stingy with moving out of A gaps. 

Versatility: He was strictly a 1-technique in the Aggies scheme, but there may be some 3-4 teams on the next level that may feel as if Brown III may be best suited as a 0-technique. Having little experience as a two-gapping nose tackle, it may be a bit of risk, but considering what he will be asked to do, it may be a scheme fit that’s better suited for his long-term value. Brown III has the agility to participate in creative games along the interior if he’s on the field during third down or obvious passing situations.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 69.13/100

Joe Marino: 67.50/100

Kyle Crabbs: 69.00/100

Jordan Reid: 72.00/100

Drae Harris: 68.00/100

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