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Zach Brown scouting report

Zach Brown LB North Carolina
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 235
Elite athleticism. Rare speed for the linebacker position; also runs on track team. Very fluid dropping back in coverage. Plenty of experience in zone coverage; often plays four to five yards off the line of scrimmage and drops into coverage, essentially acting as an extra safety. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and reading the quarterback. Experience lining up at inside and outside linebacker. Fairly reliable tackler. Has the speed to cause problems as a pass rusher off the edge.
Undersized; lacks ideal height and bulk. Struggles to shed blocks once he’s engaged with an offensive lineman; lacks the strength to battle at the line of scrimmage. Lacks the instincts of your typical NFL inside linebacker; easily frozen on play fakes and misdirection plays. Stats are misleading; always around the football due to his speed, but not always the first one there due to his poor instincts.
Brown has the raw athleticism to be a starter at the next level but is far from a polished product. His speed makes him stand out, and Carolina defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Art Kaufman does an excellent job putting him position to make plays, but Brown does very little to create big plays on his own. His 2011 film vs Clemson provides a great example of his misleading statistics – Brown records two sacks in the game but is completely untouched by the Clemson offensive line on both plays. In each case it was a result of a missed assignment by Clemson, due more to inept offensive line play and great play calling by the Carolina defensive coaches than due to Brown’s ability. Teams should be cautious of falling in love with Brown’s 1st-round potential, when his performance is more of a 3rd or 4th round caliber player.
2011 vs Clemson 
2010 vs Tennessee (bowl game)
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