This is our Zach Brown scouting report. Even though Zach Brown hasn’t made a huge impact on the BCS they have put a lot of talent into the N.F.L. over the past few seasons (highlighted by Hakeem Nicks) and this year could be no different. Brown is a physical marvel who could be a first round pick in the draft in 2012.
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6’1 244 pounds, 33.25 arms, 9.5 inch hands
40 yard dash (reportedly a 4.28 in 2009. Probably 4.4 range now)
4.50 forty yard dash, 33.5″ vertical, 116″ broad jump
72 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1.5 tackles for loss
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PROS: Speed, speed, and more speed. Increased bulk in 2011 noticeably….good tackler…instinctive…versatile…effective as a blitzing LB…very good in coverage. Production in the run game is improving (1.5 tackles for loss in 2010, through October 2nd 2011, he already has 4 Tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks)…makes plays, a lot, in the passing game…has been durable so far…
CONS: tends to over-run plays..may rely too much on athleticism…on the lighter side…doesn’t have terrific instincts, is not interviewing well and not receiving glowing recommendations from his coaches which is a concern
Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers
Timmons is slower than Brown, but Timmons is the best comparison I can think of a smaller linebacker who is as effective as a blitzer and who has the functional strength to be useful in the run game. The scary part is Brown is probably a better athlete than Timmons is. Timmons is listed at 6’1 234 pounds.
Zach Brown is top 20 on my own personal big board but I’m standing on an island on this one. He is not getting the respect he deserves as a guy who plays hard every game and can make plays all over the field. Brown has really long arms for his size and blazing speed. He’s terrific in coverage, he can blitz because of his speed. He isn’t an explosive tackler, but he’s good enough. He can be an impact defender and there aren’t many of those left in the class.
Sayre’s inital Bio
Not the biggest linebacker prospect, but his size is good enough, and his speed is more than enough. According to the official team site, Brown ran a 4.28 second 40 yard dash in the team’s offseason workouts back in 2009. He probably won’t hit that number at next year’s scouting combine, but he should be one of the fastest linebackers in next year’s draft, and is one of the top overall linebackers in next year’s crop of players. Brown will likely play the WILL linebacker position in the NFL. Last year, he had 72 tackles and three interceptions following up a sophomore campaign where he had 47 tackles, four for loss, and an interception. He is very much capable against both the run and the pass, and will be one of the top 25 players going into next year’s draft at the start of the season. If he has a big senior season, his speed and overall upside could put him in the top 15 overall. As much controversy as has surrounded the UNC program over the last couple of years, he has been a real bright spot and should continue to shine in 2011.