ORLANDO BROWN JR. | OT | OKLAHOMA
Height: 6077 | Weight: 345 | Arms: 35" | Hands: 9 3/4" | 40 Time: 5.85 | 10-Split: 2.00 | Bench: 14 | 3Cone: 7.87 | Broad: 82" | Vertical: 19.5"
Orlando Brown Jr. is a fourth-year Junior who has started every 40 games in 3 years exclusively at Left Tackle for the Sooners, never missing a snap. The unanimous First-Team All-American and two-time Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year recipient was one of the most efficient pass blockers in the country in 2017, allowing only 9 total pressures (1 sack) in 409 pass block snaps per Pro Football Focus. Per the Sooners official website, Brown surrendered only one sack in 659 snaps in 2016.
Brown is a mammoth with enormous shoulders, extremely long 35" arms, and quads the size of Vespas. Brown has outstanding balance and it would literally take Hercules to move the son of Zeus away from the POA with power. Everyone knows that Brown's testing scores are historically poor, but on tape, Brown displays good feet for his size and enough lateral ability to get the job done. Brown is slightly stiff-hipped, which can lead him to struggle with shorter rushers because of the extra kinetic energy required for him to bend his knees and challenge.
As a pass blocker, Brown exhibits exceptional upper body strength and is gifted at countering a rusher’s momentum and rag dolling him to the ground. Brown is an extremely heavy-handed player who much rather clamp down on the defender and use his long arms to his advantage rather than try to engage in an active hand battle against a more quick-twitch rusher. Opposing rushers have a tendency to give up against Brown if they don’t find immediate success because he is just so damn big and difficult to get around. Brown “hulks out” and gets demonstrably angrier the harder a rusher tries against him, which occasionally backfires against him as he draws a fair share of personal fouls. Brown shows great mental capacity for the position in transitioning defenders to his Left Guard in stunts and crossers and seldom seems overwhelmed by excessive movement and defensive scheming. Brown is fairly upright in his stance and his lack of ideal knee bend in pass sets can cause him to reach and lose his anchor. Brown will struggle if he fails to get a hand on the rusher off the snap because he lacks the recovery speed and lateral agility to mirror on wide arcs and he will need to consolidate his kick slide technique at the next level if he wants to continue to play Left Tackle. Bull rushes need to be combined with a swim or inside counter move because no one is going through Brown with pure power and leverage. It takes time for Brown to accelerate and set up blocks on screens in open space. Lateral agility will be an issue at the next level for Brown and he has shown that he will shut down in chaos when his QB begins to scramble. As a run blocker, Brown is a physical mauler who can move defenders at will. Brown is a nasty, intense punisher who makes it a goal to try and flat back a defender on every single play. Brown takes a while to accelerate as a pulling lead blocker and lacks the stamina to go down field with urgency on plays that reach the second level. From a football IQ standpoint, Brown is a disciplined player who seldom false starts.
Off the field, Brown allegedly weighed over 380 pounds in high school and boasted a pedestrian 1.7 GPA. Brown’s GPA in college has drastically improved, up to 3.0 as of August 2017, and teammate Obo Okoronkwo has stated that Brown “eats like a bird,” often snacking on grapes and makes a conscientious effort to take care of his body and monitor his weight. Brown has NFL pedigree and is the son of the late Orlando “Zeus” Brown who played with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens for more than a decade. Brown was scolded for loafing during positional drills at the Combine and will do best in a structure that challenges him to get the most out of his potential. Brown has also been mentored by former Sooners and Saints player Jammal Brown, which explains his refined technique. Zeus compares in body type and play style to King Dunlap and will ultimately be a mid-tier Left Tackle in the NFL or dominant Top-5 Right Tackle in a Power Gap scheme as long as you are looking for your tackle to create push off the snap and not reach the second level. Brown currently projects as a potential difference maker at the next level due to the fact that not many people on the planet are as big, athletic, and nasty as Brown. While some teams may be turned off by Brown's poor testing scores or disposition, his games was always predicated on play strength vs athleticism and I wouldn't expect him to escape the first round.
Overall Grade: 71
Athletic Ability: 1
Play Strength: 7
Play Speed: 4
Competitive Toughness: 4
Kick Slide: 3
Pulling Ability: 2
In Space: 2
Leg Drive: 5
Hand Usage/Technique: 3
Penalty Prone: 4
Mean Streak: 5
Player Comparison: King Dunlap
Projected Round: Late Round 1/Early Round 2
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