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2009 NFL Draft Prospects: Donald Brown Profile
Strengths: Decent frame with room to bulk up ... Very highly productive in junior year ... Very nice speed in the open field and is a home run hitter ... Elusive and has some wiggle; makes defenders miss in space ... Hits the hole aggressively ... Good vision; identifies cutback lanes ... Instinctive and does a good job setting up his blockers ... Good hands and can make plays in the passing game ... Keeps shoulder pads square to LOS ... Overall explosive threat ... Patient and will take what the defense gives him ... Decent amount of upside.
Weaknesses: Needs to put on a few pounds of bulk to be able to endure a 16-week season ... Needs to run with a lower pad level to generate more power ... Inconsistent when planting foot in the ground to accelerate on a dime ... Does not break many tackles; questionable lower body strength ... Needs to be tougher running the ball inside ... Questionable ball security ... Must improve pass pro ... Why did he not beat out Andre Dixon in 2007 season outright?
Summary: Brown projects as a very talented No. 2 running back in the NFL who can be a home run threat at the next level, but does not run with the consistent power like a workhorse. Will come off the board possibly as high as No. 29 to the NY Giants.
Player Comparison: Willie Parker. Same size and speed build with the outstanding elusiveness in the open field. However, both players lack that ability to consistently break tackles.