The Kansas City Chiefs have added to their CB depth by selecting Colorado DB Jalil Brown in the 4th round for the 2011 NFL Draft.
Brown was projected as the 15th best CB in the draft by NFL Draft Scout. He was projected to be a 3 or 4th round selection. Brown ran a 4.5 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine and 6-1, 204.
Brown is a big, physical CB who often got overlooked by his teammate Jimmy Smith while at Colorado. He may not make a huge impact right away but the Chiefs don’t need him to. Brown will play behind Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr and Javier Arenas. He will likely be asked to make an impact on special teams as well as a dime corner.
The other thing to consider about Brown is his size. Javier Arenas is small and may have matchup troubles at times. Having a bigger CB like Brown who could come in and help out if Arenas struggles is very valuable.
Here is a bit on Brown from Sideline Scouting:
Very good size for the position, has above-average height and adequate bulk… Is very physical, good at taking on blocks and is strong enough to drive blockers back into the ball carrier… Does a good job of keeping a hand free when being blocked, sneakily shifty and deceptively powerful against larger blockers… Is a good wrap-up tackler, not a big hitter, but does a good job of breaking down and dragging ball carriers to the turf.
Doesn’t seem to play with a consistently high motor, not a guy who always flies around the field… Needs to do a better job of breaking down and forming up in the open field, has the tendency to drop his helmet and lunge a bit… Does not have overwhelming ball skills, has made a few impressive interceptions, but does not have the greatest hands in most situations… Looks a little stiff in the hips, body control is not the greatest
There is a reason Brown was taken in the 4th round and it is because he likely needs a little work. Still, this is an excellent value pick for the Chiefs. KC’s defensive backfield is one of their strengths and it just got stronger. Good move by Pioli in my opinion.