Displays loose hips as a route runner, can cleanly change directions without being asked to gear down. Generates a good initial burst out of his break both on vertical and sharply breaking routes and finds the football quickly. Exhibits the suddenness off the line of slip press and accelerate down the field. Would like to see him do a better job using his hands to protect his frame, but the shiftiness is there. Displays good body control and hand/eye coordination when asked to extend his arms and pluck the football along the sideline.
However, he gets sloppy at times letting the ball into his frame over the middle and isn't the most consistent of pluckers. Will take his eyes off the ball at times in tighter areas when he has to pluck, lose concentration and drop the throw. However, displays good short-area quickness after the catch, has the balance, strength and agility to make a man miss and create with the ball in his hands. Isn't a real physical blocker, shows some effort trying to get in the way but isn't real physical or heavy handed through the play.
Is a better vertical route runner at this stage, does a nice job taking his man up the field, planting his foot in the ground and quickly accelerating past him toward daylight. Will drift into his route a bit and isn't quite as savvy as you would like looking off defenders and using his head/shoulder to sell the fake, but has the fluidity and footwork to cleanly separate. However, isn't nearly as sharp on his tighter breaking routes. Has a tendency to routinely round off his breaks and isn't real tight working his way back toward the football. Again, doesn't do a great job setting up or selling his route and just uses his burst out of his break to separate with a lot of wasted motion.
Impression: A good athlete with impressive short-area quickness and fluidity as a route runner. Needs to tighten up his route running in some areas and would like to see him do a better job using his hands to beat press, but has the ability to certainly contribute to an NFL offense, at worst as a sub package guy."
Brown became a starter three games into his true freshman season, bringing in 31 passes for 349 yards and two scores in addition to returning 25 kickoffs for 547 yards. He led the team with 64-631-5 as a sophomore before emerging as a deep threat in 2009. The second-team All-Mountain West pick racked up 778 yards and six scores on 47 catches in just seven games, losing the rest of the year to a right thumb injury.
Because of his hot start in 2009, Brown considered leaving for the NFL after his junior season. The NFL Advisory Committee gave him a mid- to late-round grade, so he returned to school in 2010. Scouts will probably give him similar reports, but Brown's hands, toughness and elusiveness make him a solid prospect who could become a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver.
Strengths: West Coast receiver prospect with the footwork and body control to make a living on slants and crossing routes. Fights through the jam with quickness, though he must use his hands more consistently. Knows where marker is, will play physically with his man to make sure he gets the first down. Used in the slot and outside. Has just enough speed and route-running savvy to gain a step on his man on deep routes. Reliable hands, good concentration to go up in traffic or lay out for errant passes. Sets up defenders in the open field to elude. Locks up his man on the outside as run blocker and works toward the correct angle.
Weaknesses: Awkward running style might limit his elusiveness against top athletes at the next level. Average straight-line speed. Catches with his body when facing the quarterback. Lacks great strength to sustain run blocks against NFL corners. Tore ligaments in his right thumb against Colorado State on Halloween 2009.
Agility: Body control and balance are important parts to Brown's success. He has the balance and control to adjust to poorly thrown footballs. His agility allows him to smoothly get in and out of his breaks and create separation.
Blocking: Brown is a willing contributor to the running game. He doesn't have great size or strength but will hustle to lay down a block.
Hands: Inconsistency plagued Brown in the several games I viewed. He does have good hands but looses concentration and allows the ball into his body. Brown also took his eyes off the ball several times resulting drops and deflections. On at least one occasion his deflection resulted in an interception. However, I want to be clear that Brown has good hands and with more focus he could have great hands.
Release: Lateral quickness and shiftiness are the techniques Brown employs when looking to avoid press. He doesn't have the size or strength to overpower the defender. Several defenders were able to get a hand on Brown and disrupt his route. San Diego State liked to use Brown at several different positions which helped him avoid press coverage. This is definitely an area that needs improvement.
Route Running: Brown's balance allows him to smoothly get in and out of his breaks. He does a good job of dropping his hips and breaking off his route. Brown's route running savvy helps him decoy defenders and create space. He keeps his shoulders square and head straight right up until its time to cut off his route. Brown has a decent feel for the defense around him and is able to settle down in open zones. However, there were several instances where he miss read the defense and ran into coverage. Brown struggled to snap his head around and locate the football.
Size: At 5'11 190 ish, Brown is a little on the small side. His slender build will draw some injury concerns. However, he looks to be a good candidate to fill a slot roll in the NFL.
Speed: Brown possess deceptive speed with the ability to gear up in a hurry. His biggest asset is his 2nd gear which allows him to gain separation on plays down the field. Brown will never be considered a burner.
Games Viewed: TCU, Navy, Utah
Final Word: Overall, Brown looks to be a good mid round value. In the games I viewed, he was constantly making plays and around the football. He showed the ability to find the endzone which is crucial in the NFL. His lack of top end speed and short area burst could hurt his ability to create space. However, he shows good enough speed and a good 2nd gear which should allow him to be effective. He needs to improve his focus and hang onto the football better or he will find himself in the doghouse. NFL teams will like his versatility as he could either play on the outside or in the slot."
Brown has the speed to succeed at the next level.
But Brown started making an impact right away for San Diego State. He played in nearly every game in all four years, and had his breakout season in 2009 as a junior catching 45 passes for 778 yards for a 17.3 average per reception. He lit up the college world (quietly) as a senior averaging nearly 20 yards per catch, which is incredible.
Vincent Brown is very fast. Some will say that he has adequate speed, but I think his game speed is quite under estimated. He has very soft hands, making even the hardest catches look easy. He has an uncanny ability to locate the ball and pick it right out of the air. Brown is quite agile, having very quick feet and getting off of the line of scrimmage in a hurry. He’s excellent after the catch, being very shifty and elusive in the open field. His speed allows him to stretch the field, and his quickness allows him to make plays horizontally as well. He has value as a returner at the next level as well. He often plays bigger than his size, and isn’t afraid to fight for the ball, no matter how large the defender. He finds holes in zone coverage, and gets great separation against man coverage.
Brown’s size will be a turnoff to some teams. While he fights for the ball, he doesn’t always win. He doesn’t have a very impressive vertical leap, and won’t be a great red zone player. He will struggle getting off of corners in press coverage, being jammed at the line. Some minor injury concerns may be brought up after missing a few games in his junior year due to a fractured thumb. Some may worry about his football IQ, and learning more routes, although that may prove to be quite the fallacy, and he’s always shown a yearn to learn.
Brown’s ability to both stretch the field and make the play after the catch will help his draft status as he could fill in for almost any team. He may be best utilized in the slot, and it’ll be interesting to see if a team wants to draft a slot receiver high in the second round. I don’t think he’ll sneak into the first round, but he’s going to be targeted around 35-50. Teams like Cleveland, Washington, Houston, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Jacksonville will be excellent targets for Brown.
NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace"
Positive: Tough, sure-handed receiver with a terrific feel for the position. Quick off the line, immediately gets to top speed, and works his hands to get separation from opponents. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, extends his hands, and offers the quarterback a nice target. Makes the reception away from his frame and quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception. Effectively uses his frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass. Makes the tough catch with defenders draped on him. Gets vertical over opponents and high points the ball, winning out in battles. Gives effort blocking.
Negative: Possesses poor speed and is really nothing more than an underneath receiver. Marginal skill running after the catch.
Analysis: Brown is a natural receiver who is limited by speed. He will be productive as a 3rd/4th receiver in a West Coast/timing offense that does not require him to go vertical."
Negatives: Not very big, doesn't have a strong frame and may struggle with larger corners in the NFL... Has had injury problems in the past, missed five games in 2009 due to an injured right thumb... Won't blow anybody away in his post-season workouts... Played against one BCS school in 2010, Missouri, and was held to five catches for 17 yards... Gears down when cutting in the open field."
Weaknesses: Rounds his cuts on his routes. Not going to create a lot of separation in and out of his cuts, as he does not have the elite explosiveness. Inconsistent as a blocker.
Projection: Fourth Round. He could work himself into a nice career as a slot receiver, and possibly even be a #2 receiver if he improves his route running."
As an upperclassman Brown just kept getting better. In 2009 he only played in the first seven games of the year before suffering a thumb injury and missing the rest of the season. Yet, in those seven games Brown caught 45 passes for 778 yards and six touchdowns. In five of those contests, Brown eclipsed the 100 yard receiving mark and (despite missing so many games) he was still one of the ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award. Brown stayed healthy for his senior season and was a huge part of SDSU's success. On the year he caught 69 passes for 1,352 yards and ten touchdowns.
Brown has good speed and improved his route running and hands during his senior season. At 6-0 and 195 pounds he is not a big receiver, but he does have enough strength to beat most opposing corners off the line of scrimmage. As a receiver and a kick returner, Brown's value is moving up. He will get a chance to show off his skills at the East-West Shrine game and could work his way up into the third or fourth round without too much trouble."
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