This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Kyle Crabbs
Name: Andrew Brown
Position: Defensive End
Date of Birth: Not Available
High School: Oscar Smith (VA)
Games Played: 28
Games Started: 11
Team Captain: No
Production: 48 total tackles, 7.0 sacks, 16.0 tackles for loss (TFL), 4 passes batted, 1 forced fumble.
High School: Was the top rated defensive tackle prospect in the country in 2013. Was named to Under Armor All-American squad during senior year, as well as being 1st team All State and Player of the Year. Elected to enroll at Virginia, passing up on offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and others.
College: 2015 third team All-ACC (Phil Steele).
Strengths: Showcases a stunning blend of motor, twitch and strength. Highly desirable skill set athletically and has a good football IQ. Ability to play up and down the line of scrimmage as a means of finding pressure reps is a valuable skill, shows high end get off at the snap from interior reps and good cornering ability from a two point stance out wide. Has violent hands and understanding as a rusher how to attack a hand stab and stave off contact to keep a clean chest and up field momentum.
Weaknesses: Does not consistently attack run blocks with hands; instead playing as a pure penetration player. As a result, will give up some leverage and gap integrity by getting walled off by offensive linemen. Has good snap anticipation from the interior but needs to scale down release into the backfield after getting hip to hip, which would allow for more consistent mirror ability and chances to redirect and challenge ball carriers into the hashes.
Summary: Virginia Defensive Lineman Andrew Brown is a tremendous talent. A highly regarded high school recruit, Brown passed on the chance to play college ball at a number of premiere programs across the country to stay put in Virginia. His physical presence is difficult to miss, as he’s got a strong blend of strength, power and quickness to go with his 285 pound frame.
Brown doesn’t play with a lot of length, but he does play with combative hands and an unrelenting violence and frantic nature, which makes him a handful to corral. Brown has the versatility to slide up and down the line of scrimmage and showcases some parallels to Michigan State DL Malik McDowell. If teams feel good about Brown’s off the field record, it’s possible he could be coveted higher than McDowell. Both are effective rushers from many angles and have the functional strength to play through contact.
Andrew Brown, with a strong 2017 campaign, could very well play himself into late 1st round or early 2nd round consideration.