Is stiff in the hips in coverage, lacks the fluidity to cleanly redirect and open up his hips down the field. Doesn't have a great feel for the football and has a tendency to get too leggy when trying to change directions, takes false step and struggles to make many plays on the football. Simply doesn't possess the type of speed to make up for his lack of fluidity and balance in his footwork.
Impression: A tough, physical guy who will strike you, but isn't real instinctive in any area of the game and lacks range and fluidity in coverage. More of a special teams guy only who doesn't have the kind of upside in my view to make an NFL roster."
Positive: Big run-defending safety who is best making plays up the field. Displays a burst to the ball carrier, takes correct angles to the action, and wraps up tackling. Aggressive, fights to get off blocks, and consistently making plays against the run or screen passes.
Negative: Tends to make his first move up the field and bites on play-action passes. Marginal ball skills.
Analysis: Brown is a physical strong safety prospect who has a special teams mentality. He could be a backup at the next level in a zone system if he shows ability on coverage units this summer."
2009: Started and played in 12 games, missing only Northern Arizona ... Finished second on the team with 81 tackles (47 solo) and had one interception on the season ... Earned third letter ... at Memphis (9/6): Recorded a career-high 15 tackles, one TFL and one interception ... vs. Southeastern La. (9/19): Posted five tackles (four solo) ... at South Carolina (9/24): Collected six tackles (four solo) and a pass defended ... at Vanderbilt (10/3): Credited with three tackles (two solo) and two passes defended ... vs. Alabama (10/10): Totaled team-high 10 tackles (seven solo) ... vs. UAB (10/17): Posted two tackles and 0.5 TFL ... vs. Arkansas (10/24): Totaled five tackles (three solo) and 1.5 TFLs ... at Auburn (10/31): Posted team-high 10 stops (four solo) ... Also recorded 0.5 TFL and recovered a fumble ... vs. Tennessee (11/14): Notched eight stops (two solo) and 0.5 TFL ... vs. LSU (11/21): Credited with four stops (two solo) ... at Mississippi State (11/28): Posted 10 tackles (eight solo) ... Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma State (1/2): Recorded three tackles (two solo).
2008: Saw action in all 13 games ... Totaled 28 tackles, including 19 solos ... Earned second letter ... vs. Memphis (8/30): Finished with five total tackles (four solo) ... at Wake Forest (9/6): Collected three solo stops ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/20): Posted one solo tackle ... at Alabama (10/18): Credited with four tackles (two solo) ... at Arkansas (10/25): Collected four solo tackles ...vs. Auburn (11/1): Recorded one assisted tackle ... vs. ULM (11/15): Posted four tackles (three solo) ... at LSU (11/22): Tallied one solo stop ... Cotton Bowl vs. Texas Tech (1/2): Credited with one solo stop ... Spring: Assisted on a tackle in the Grove Bowl.
2007: Saw action in all 12 games with starts in the last seven (six at free safety and one at strong safety) ... Averaged 7.2 tackles per game as a starter ... Earned his first letter ... vs. Memphis (9/1): Assisted on one tackle ... vs. Missouri (9/8): Notched one tackle assist ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/15): Credited with a solo stop ... vs. Florida (9/22): Assisted on two tackles ... vs. Georgia (9/29): Posted four solo tackles ... vs. Louisiana Tech (10/6): Registered six total stops and four solos in first career start (FS) ... vs. Alabama (10/13): Totaled seven stops, including three solos and a TFL in start at SS ... Posted two QB hurries ... vs. Arkansas (10/20): Posted a seven total tackles with two QB hurries in first start at FS ... vs. Auburn (10/27): Credited with a career-best 11 tackles, including seven solos ... vs. Northwestern State (11/3): Totaled seven stops, a pass defended, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in start ... vs. LSU (11/17): Six total stops ... vs. Mississippi State (11/23): Led team with seven total tackles and four solos .. Also recorded a season-high two pass break-ups.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first team All-State honors from both The Clarion-Ledger and the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Named to The Clarion-Ledger "Dandy Dozen" as one of the top 12 players in Mississippi ... Named to the SuperPrep All-Region team and was rated the No. 8 player in Mississippi by that national publication ... Ranked the No. 11 player in Mississippi and the No. 41 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com ... Rated the No. 11 player in Mississippi and the No. 56 running back in the nation by Scout.com ... Rated the No. 47 player in the Southeast as a member of the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 team ... No. 7 on The Clarion-Ledger's 10 Most Wanted list ... Earned All-Region honors and rated as No. 61 overall prospect in Southeast region by Tom Lemming's Prep Football ... Rated by the Sun Herald as the No. 14 player in the state of Mississippi ... Rated the No. 17 safety in the nation by ESPN.com ... As a senior in 2006, had 771 rushing yards, 14 TDs and 48 tackles ... As a junior in 2005, rushed for 1,788 yards on 204 carries and scored 24 TDs as Charleston advanced to the 3A state championship game ... Coached in high school by Perry Liles ... Earned four letters in football and three in track ... PERSONAL: Son of Margie Buckley and Clint Brown ... Full name is Johnny Laveil Brown ... Born: June 6, 1989 ... Majoring in Criminal Justice.
Strengths: Good recognition skills both in the running game and in coverage. Fills downhill quickly in the run game. Pursues well to the ball with good angles. Strong tackler. Puts himself into position to make plays.
Weaknesses: Fooled by play action. Lack of speed, fluidity, and athleticism will make it difficult for him at the next level in pass coverage, especially when redirecting.
Projection: UDFA. Brown will have to make an impact on special teams at the next level to stick for longer than training camp."