Pros (+): Browning is an explosive height/weight/speed linebacker who offers impressive physical skills and the promise of a bigger impact as he's weaned into a bigger role in the defense. Was typically reserved for faster matchups in 2019 with the Buckeyes and allowed to make an impact as a fast to flow and attack style linebacker implemented frequently on blitzes. Browning has prototypical size, effective length and high end first step quickness — all of which blend for a toolsy prospect who should continue to mature and has the potential to become a splash player. Many of his 2019 reps ended in big plays, too — he logged 5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss while showing twitch, fluid hips and sideline to sideline potential on the second level.
Cons (—): Still unproven in a high-volume role, Browning was the de-facto fourth linebacker for the Buckeyes behind Malik Harrison, Tuf Borland and Pete Werner in 2019. Why was a starting role and higher snap percentage so hard to come by? He appears overeager at times to gain ground into the LOS and isn't the most consistent with keying plays to process quickly — so he may be better suited to play a WILL role at the next level where his length and burst can be showcased more in a rally/pursuit role. I'm ready to buy in on his athletic profile and promise as a three-down linebacker but there will be unanswered questions regarding his consistency in keying as a MIKE that need to be answered. The only answers lie with more reps.