NFL Draft Analysis: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut Huskies

by Trent Lujin on February 19, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Donald Brown, the 5-foot-10, 210-pound running back out of the University of Connecticut has made the decision to forgo his senior season and enter his name into the 2009 NFL Draft. Brown's junior year was a breakout one in which he surpassed his combined freshman and sophomore year totals by amassing 2,083 rushing yards, scoring 18 touchdowns. The 2008 Big East Player of the Year and Associated Press second-team All-American accrued 3,800 yards and 33 touchdowns in his collegiate career. 

Strengths

  • Vision and acceleration through gaps
  • Strong lower body, ability to break tackles
  • Runs with a low center of gravity
  • Soft hands out of the backfield
  • Stop-and-start ability
  • Puts forth the effort in the weight and film rooms

Weaknesses

  • Will often bounce it outside too soon
  • Did not play "big time" competition in the Big East
  • Struggles in pass blocking
  • Lacks ideal size and has a questionable frame; some question his toughness
  • Lack of truly elite straightaway speed

Expected draft placement

Brown is projected to be taken no earlier than the second round. The Cincinnati Bengals, at No. 38 overall, could look to add a running back as tailback Chris Perry is often injured and running back Cedric Benson is an unrestricted free agent. 

The next team on the board at No. 39 overall, the Jacksonville Jaguars, would also be a fit if they look to add depth to their running back situation considering the recent release of veteran tailback Fred Taylor. If Brown should happen to be available for the Baltimore Ravens at No. 57 overall, they could select him. The Bengals likely would not pass on Brown a second time should he fall to them with their third-round pick at No. 70.

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