While it's only been a few days since the end of the USC football season, it's never too early to reflect on the year that was. In this series of stories, we'll look back at a year full of ups and downs, highlighting the triumphs and the failures. Today, we start by handing out year-end grades for...[details]
2005 (Freshman): He was a Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Division VIII and Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley Lineman of the Year selection as a senior two-way lineman and tight end at Diamond Ranch High in Pomona (Calif.). He had 15 receptions and 2 touchdowns in 2004.
Brown is a gifted athlete who displays good body control and overall fluidity in his initial kick-step. He possesses good range and has the athleticism to consistently reach the corner vs. speed off the edge. He has a long set of arms and does a nice job remaining balanced on contact and working his hands inside the frame of opposing defenders. He showcases good balance on contact, does a nice job of sliding his feet and has the athleticism to cleanly redirect in space and stay in front of his blocks. Brown does a great job sealing defenders away from the ball in the run game and has the athleticism to get around reach blocks. He understands leverage and consistently drops his pad level on contact to help set the edge. He's coordinated on slide-down blocks as well and exhibits the body control to hit and drive a moving target away from his frame. He's impressive on the move and is consistently is able to reach targets off his frame, break down in space and eliminate defenders on outside runs. I'd like to see him continue to add more power to his lower half. He isn't an inline guy in the run game and relies on his athleticism and body control to get around and seal defenders from the ball. Brown has had some difficulty vs. bigger defenders and lacks the upper-body strength to stay on blocks. He can also be overwhelmed vs. the bull-rush, but he's one of the nation's more impressive left tackle prospects and looks like an ideal zone-blocking left tackle in the NFL.