This is the official scouting report page for Houston outside linebacker Sammy Brown, one of the top sack artists in all of college football in 2011. Be sure to check out all of our other prospect reports here at NFL Mocks.
6’3″ 240 pounds
Watching Brown in his first game of the season, I think a lot of what you see is rust. He clearly has progressed as the year has gone on statistically, and I’m sure the film reflects that as well. This is a guy who is used in a similar role to a Von Miller, where Houston is simply trying to do whatever they can to get him in one-on-one situations to put pressure on the quarterback. He is very, very good at making plays in the backfield, I just wonder if he can hold up in terms of his size at the next level. If he is going to play outside linebacker, he will only be a third down specialist if he can’t pack on some weight and be more physical at the point of attack. Essentially, the name of his game is speed off the edge, and teams quickly figure out how to off-set that. He does a solid job of reading plays but doesn’t have great recovery speed. You have to think he also benefits statistically because of how Houston always gets a huge lead, forcing the opposing team to pass. Could get engulfed by bigger blockers at the next level.
PROS: Speed, production, awareness, pass rush ability, makes play behind the LOS, really like his potential as a third down specilalist
CONS: Sometimes gets sucked into plays, a little too light to play at the LOS in the NFL, can get engulfed by blockers, has to figure out if he is a one-trick pony