Ji'Ayir Brown NFL Draft

Ji'Ayir Brown

  • SAF Penn State
  • Senior
  • #447
  • 5'11"
  • 205lbs
  • Prospect
  • Big Ten

2022 Season

INT

3

PD

3

TACK

51

TD

0

Prospect Summary

Ji’Ayir Brown 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Background: 

  • Originally attended Lackawanna Community College
  • Was a three-star JUCO prospect upon transfer for 2020 season
  • Tied for national lead in interceptions in 2021 (6)
  • Nickname is “Tig”

System: 

  • 2022 projected role: Starting safety 

Pros: Ji’Ayir Brown is one of the better ball-skills safeties in the country—he was tied for the lead in FBS last season with six and has made several big plays already in 2022, including a leaping interception underneath against the Auburn Tigers after dropping out in shallow zone. Brown is a thick and physical player who offers the necessary physicality to help fit the run as well. When you factor in his special teams skill set as a former returner and kick coverage player, Brown offers a slew of different values to teams and should have little issue competing for a role for any NFL team. Brown is an appealing player for all of these reasons and should certainly find himself in consideration starting in the middle of the 2023 NFL Draft. As a running mate to Jaquan Brisker in 2021 (and further back at Lackawanna Community College), Brown has shown a firm nose for the ball and is a willing player to stick his face in a fan and challenge blockers and fit the run. He’s wired right for the physical rigors of whatever role he will be asked to fill.

Cons: For all the versatility and opportunities to touch the field, Ji’Ayir Brown is a player who does appear to be a bit of a tweener. His burst and range are more highlighted in instances of anticipation as compared to actual explosiveness and his ability to break down and tackle in space from depth is something that has been a continued work in progress—he has struggled with open-field tackles historically. That could be a huge barrier for him fulfilling his opportunities as a depth safety and a special teams player, so continued improvement in this area is paramount to Brown finding a maximized role with an NFL team. This isn’t a player I see holding a lot of success in man-to-man coverage, either. I view him best as a shallow zone defender where his feel and anticipation can allow him to attack intermediate throwing windows over the middle of the field.

Ji’Ayir Brown NFL Draft Scouting Report by Kyle Crabbs