4th Round (#126)
*Author’s Note: I will be doing a much more in-depth break down on Brown at a later date…this kid is something else.
Jatavis Brown – LB – Akron
Strengths: A superior athlete with a non-stop motor. Phenomenal speed and athleticism for a LB. Big hitter with solid technique. Great body control to get around blockers with ease. Has a nose for the ball and lives in the backfield. Meticulous in his preparation and is a student of the game. Team-first mentality with a desire to be a part of everything. Reported to “love” Special Teams.
Weaknesses: Undersized for a linebacker, and a little shorter than teams like for a safety. Short arms which can allow blockers to swallow him up. Can be too focused on the ball carrier and miss everything else going on around him. Can play overly aggressive and will bite on play fakes, double moves, and misdirection. Can tend to lower his head when making tackles which allows craftier ball carriers to get loose.
“Honestly, I’d like to see a team create a position for me. Not quite a linebacker, not quite a safety but use me and be creative” ~ Brown on his role in the NFL
The Fit: I have been scouring the draft boards in search of a player who could possibly fill the third safety role that is so important in the KC defense…well, I think I found him hiding out with the linebackers. Jatavis Brown didn’t get an invite to the Combine, so he made the most of the Houston Regional Combine, posting a 40 that was hand-timed in the 4.3 range (later listed in 4.4 – 4.5 range). Brown’s size is an issue for a LB, but not a S. And with his speed and athleticism, he could be phenomenal.
And he also had this to say about his potential NFL career: “Honestly, I’d like to see a team create a position for me. Not quite a linebacker, not quite a safety but use me and be creative”. I think Bob Sutton has just the answer for that. When watching his film, the best analogy I could find for him was “guided missile”. He has one gear…BALLS TO THE WALL!!!!
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