2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect: Orlando Brown Jr.
Ht: 6'8" Wt: 345
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Evaluated by: Anthony Godinez
The redshirt junior has started all 31 games for the Sooners and all have been at left tackle. He has been a decorated offensive lineman since his freshman year. Last season he became the first sophomore to be named the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. He comes from a NFL pedigree - his father the late Orlando Brown Sr..
When Brown Jr. steps onto the field you immediately notice his size. He is a massive 6'-8" and weighs 345 pounds. Couple that with his long arms and he is major roadblock for defenders to try and get around. Despite his size Brown moves well and looks to have solid footwork. When he attempts to "punch" a defender with both or just one hand he puts his weight behind it and delivers a powerful blow to the target. While doing so he will maintain his balance a majority of the time. In pass protection Brown does well with hand fighting in an effort to keep defender from gaining leverage. Once he defeats the defender in hand fighting and is able to get his hands in place he is extremely hard to overpower. Brown's hands are strong and violent in both pass and run blocking. There were multiple instances of defenders being thrown to the ground, at which time Brown gladly takes the opportunity to pounce on his man and lay all 345 pounds on him. Unfortunately, that is where the positives end.
A major issue is that he has not shown the ability to bend at the hips or knees. He is usually very high when engaging in pass-pro and run blocking. In all instances being high in his pad level causes him to place his hands at the top of the defenders shoulder pads rather than the ideal placement between the shoulders and near the armpit area. Quick DEs that can bend will slip his hands because they are so high in their placement. His lack of flexibility also makes him struggle on pull blocks when trying to block smaller targets. This is highly noticeable when he ineffectively tries to cut block while in space. This also makes using his legs to drive while run blocking difficult. If he cannot overpower his man with upper body strength and his arms while run blocking he will simply occupy his man rather than open a hole. His failure at opening holes was not always due to his flexibility issues. Too frequently it was because of his lack of effort. Again, I am completely aware that this is not a measurable trait. However, Brown showed the ability to move well but never looked as though he gave full effort. On pull blocks the he would either be beat by the RB to the hole or be a few steps behind the defender. When asked to double team a defender Brown will usually allow the primary blocker to do all the work as he stands guard and lightly places his hands on the defender. With his size and strength he should be able to "dirt" any defender when he is coming from blind side on a double team. However, that result is rarely the outcome. Technique and strength has a chance of being improved by coaching but effort/motor relies on the player having that drive to succeed. This also leaves open the possibility that he will not do the necessary work to fix his other flaws.
When asked to run block forward Brown is quick off the snap. However, when asked to move laterally and down block he is usually unable to get down the line to effectively block the defender. There were times where he did not even touch his man. His issues with moving laterally also show up when getting into deep pass-pro sets. Luckily for him Oklahoma's offense masks this deficiency by using many plays that utilize movement or quick throws. Brown also showed that his awareness is lacking in situations where his assignment is not clearly defined. When he is pulling he will lose track of his assignment and either block nobody or the defender not considered MDM (most dangerous man). There were also instances where the DE didn't drop into coverage but stayed in containment on LOS (line of scrimmage) and Brown would divert his attention completely to helping the OG and lose track of the DE, who has now decided to rush and has a clear path to QB. He will also resort to holding if he cannot control defender easily.
Orlando Brown will be a highly debated prospect. He looks the part and plays with that "edge" teams love. However, he has some serious issues that a team will need to hope can be corrected. The deficiencies in flexibility and lateral movement alone would be enough to question the ability of a prospect to play in the NFL. Now combine that with questions of effort and awareness and you have a major project on your hands. I see him as a 3rd or 4th round talent who will probably be taken way earlier than that as teams falling in love with his size and strength.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Bobbie Massie (Chicago Bears)
- NFL size and frame
- Coveted upper body strength
- Powerful punch (one handed or both)
- Good movement despite large size
- Long limbed with strong/violent hands
- Solid balance moving north and south
- Plays with an "edge"
- Knowledgeable "hand fighter" in trenches
- Powerful run blocker
- Inability to bend at hips and knees
- Plays with a high pad level
- Inconsistent effort
- Poor hand placement
- Struggles with lateral movement
- Not as experienced with deep kick slides
- Lacks awareness
- Stops feet while blocking
- Tendency to hold if beat
|Scouting Video Courtesy of Draft Breakdown|
1)   Better than Zeus: Driven by dad's success and failure, life and death, Orlando Brown Jr. aims to be own legend   - SI.com |
2)   Oklahoma football: Meet Orlando Brown, the Sooners' most interesting man   - OUDaily.com |
3)   OU's Baker Mayfield, Orlando Brown named to Maxwell Award watch list
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