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Posted Oct. 18, 2009
Charles Brown's Stock on the Rise
For WalterFootball.com addicts, you would know (if you remember my preseason Big Board) that I was very high on the play of Southern California left tackle Charles Brown.
Brown has been nothing but impressive this season. Looking at his body mass (6-5, 292 pounds), most draftniks would assume without watching any gametape that he is a finesse left tackle.
This is what most draftniks do - they stereotype prospects' skill sets based off of body mass and 40 times.
Don't do that with Charles Brown. Keep in mind though that I am not saying he doesn't need to gain weight because he clearly needs to if he wants to start at left tackle in the NFL.
Brown finishes his blocks very well. He has that mauler mentality, but he has it in a somewhat small body.
His feet are the best in the nation outside of Oklahoma State's Russell Okung's. He has very nice agility, athleticism and awareness in pass protection.
Because of his highly impressive performance against California, I bumped up Brown to a 4-star grade. He kept Tyson Alualu in check for four quarters and showed nice consistency and focus.
The question remains: Will NFL scouts see Jordan Gross (6-5, 300, No. 8 overall) or William Beatty (6-6, 307, No. 60 overall). An offensive tackle hasn't been drafted in the first round below 300 pounds in the past decade.
Brown has the talent of a first-round draft pick, but the question remains if he can gain the upper body strength and weight to be drafted in the first round next April.
I think we will find out a lot about Brown's draft stock at the Senior Bowl weigh-in in late January, which I will be attending with my partner-in-crime Chad Powers, a moderator on the WalterFootball.com forums.
If Brown can weigh in over 305 pounds and carry the weight well during Senior Bowl week, he will be on his way to first-round status. However, if he is below 300 and plays poorly in Senior Bowl week, he will be a definite second-rounder.
Dear Walt, this is becoming prime "mock draft season." And while you have gone the extra mile by including 4 full rounds, I really wish you'd explain why the players are deserving of their draft slots, instead of solely focusing on team needs. It seems like your M.O. to explain for a few sentences why the team would pick a certain position. Then only explain in a sentence or two why the player is worth of said selection. Maybe in Round 4 that'd be acceptable, but for the Top 10-15 picks really should have in depth analysis of the player. That's just my 2 cents. Take care.
I've been on a hiatus with draft work lately and was focused on my Draft Prospect Rankings which you could find in the rants on this site. So, I figured doing one more before the Combine where more prospect movement could occur to see where I stand before and after with those prospects. So, without further adieu here we go!