Weight: 206 pounds
2014 season quick review: Brown became a starter at the field side cornerback position in late September against UCLA and held on to the job through the season, finishing eighth on the team with 46 tackles and tied for first with three interceptions. He also had nine passes defended and six pass breakups. Initially as a starter Brown struggled but he stabilized to some degree as the year unfolded.
Secondary coach Chris Ball's assessment: "As a junior college kid it usually takes you a year, but I think we got a good half year out of him (in 2014) and I think we’ll get a really good year out him this year. He just needs to be more consistent but I thought towards the end of the year he was as good as anybody we were playing.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: A big and physical press corner, Brown has the build of a safety but with good foot quickness that gives him a lot of potential at the position. But as a junior college player he had a challenging assimilation last season and remains far from reaching his ceiling as a football player. Thrown into action against UCLA, he was picked on in that game in coverage with mixed results, but settled in a bit as the season unfolded. Even so, Brown still would get turned around at times in coverage and not have as much poise or technical capability and he'll eventually have with a lot more experience.
The question really is how quickly Brown will improve and develop given his short two-year window as a college player and the fact he battled a self-reported meniscus tear in the spring. Currently he's just trying to stave off a challenge from senior teammate Solomon Means for the starting field side cornerback spot. Physically, Brown has the potential to be a standout cornerback at this level but he's not reached that stage of his development yet, or shown that he's made a rapid level of improvement coming off his junior season, which improved as he went along.
Brown may be best served to lean out a little during summer conditioning to further enhance his athleticism and mobility. Improved situational awareness and in-rep composure with his back to the football are particular areas of development that will be key to Brown's skill evolution. He's had a tendency to allow too much space to receivers in man coverage, and not been efficient enough at using technique and visual cues to control the field. Against underneath throws and run plays to his side, Brown uses his heft to anchor relatively well and he takes on blocks with aggression.
Projected depth chart status: Battling what he described as a meniscus tear in his knee during spring football, Brown found himself locked in a close competition with fellow senior Solomon Means at the field-side position despite being a regular starter during Pac-12 play last season. It figures to remain a battle into camp in August. Though Brown is the presumptive favorite as a returning starter and more athletic player than Means, the competition is by no means decided.