As the NFL Draft heads into its final day, we look at the prospects of Mountaineer offensive lineman Mike Brown.
As a senior, the genial giant earned All-Big 12 second team honors from league coaches, the Associated Press and Phil Steele, and honorable mention from Pro Football Focus. He started 10 games at right guard and six at left in his 25 games played at WVU, showing the ability to play on either side with attendant stance changes.
A latecomer to the game, Brown is still learning how to use his size. He has the potential to be a mauler at guard, but the fact that he is limited to one of those two positions does affect his potential draft positioning.
At his pro day, Brown checked in at 6′ 3″ and 340 pounds, which will make him one of the biggest players on the draft board. His hand measurement was 10 3/8″ and his wingspan 79 1/2″. He put up 24 reps on the 225-pound bench press, had a vertical jump of 23 1/2″ and a broad jump of 7′ 2″.
In speed testing, he ran a 5.61 second 40-yard dash, and had 10-yard and 20-yard splits of 3.13 and 1.87, respectively. His 20-yard shuttle time was 5.03, and his 3-cone drill time was 8.35.
Outlook: Just as with fellow linemate Chase Behrndt, Brown’s play on the field and intangibles are much better than his testing results. Many times, the latter outweigh the former in the eyes of NFL scouts, but the hope for every college player with pro aspirations is that one team — and it only takes one — will see some qualities it likes and use a pick to make sure that the player in question gets into their camp and not someone else’s.
Brown has excellent quickness and agility for a man of his size, and those qualities are buttressed by his demeanor and approach to the game. He would be an absolute gem in any locker room, and when it comes down to making decisions on those late-round picks, such things as chemistry and leadership make the difference. If he’s not selected, though, he should be picked up quite quickly in the undrafted free agent process.