Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Jonathan Brown Player Profile


Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After putting on a less-than-stellar performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Jonathan Brown looked a lot more defined at Illinois’ Pro Day on March 6th.

Standing at 6’0″, 238 pounds, Brown’s size will definitely be a focal point for NFL teams as they decide whether or not they want to draft the Illinois linebacker. Jonathan Brown is a proven tackler and great in pursuit, but that might be masked by his size and inconsistency.

Here are his statistics over 4 seasons at Illinois:

  • 45 games played

  • 153 solo tackles
  • 317 total tackles
  • 45.5 tackles for loss
  • 14 sacks
  • 4 forced fumbles
  • 3 fumble recoveries
  • 9 passes defended
  • 3 interceptions

Strengths

  • Nice arm length
  • Athletic
  • Good with feet
  • Good lateral movement
  • Productive tackler
  • Football smart
  • Good weight-room work ethic

Weaknesses

  • Size
  • Runs himself out of position
  • Struggles in man coverage
  • Consistency

Fit in the NFL

Brown will fit well with NFL teams that need any kind of back-up linebacker or special team help.

My Take

Illini fans will see Jonathan Brown drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, but it will not be until the 5th, 6th, or even 7th round. Brown’s biggest question mark coming into the pros is his size. He did put on some weight between the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine. However, he still has move of that “safety size.” Brown will most likely need to make a name for himself on special teams while working on the things that are keeping him from being a definite linebacker in the NFL.

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