Trenton Brown is a big human being. You don’t get it until you see him in person. Yesterday at the Reese’s Senior Bowl he measure over 6-foot-8, 376-pounds.
”It’s how I have always been,” Brown said. “I have the combine coming up. I know I need to lose some weight and I will. And I am going to surprise some folks with the forty-time that I will run. My goal is 4.8 but it’s a laser and you know how that goes. So I think I can land a 5.0 or 5.1.
”Out here today, I thought I played well in our first practice. I moved well and I think I graded out well. I also know I have a ways to go and a lot to learn. I am just excited to be here.”
Brown is a offensive guard from the University of Florida. He didn’t even know he was going to be in Mobile until very late in the process.
”I was a late invitee who was on their watch list,” Brown said. “I was elated when I found out and I didn’t know until a week before last. But the [draft] process is something me and my father always watched and I am here to make the most of it. I know I need to fine tune some things. I have work do do and stuff to build on.”
Brown didn’t get here the normal route. He had to first work his way through the junior college route before landing in Gainesville. That move was a significant part of his maturation process more so as a person than a player.
”I actually signed with GMC (Georgia Military College) out of high school,” Brown said. “I can honestly say that GMC made me the person I am right now. Coaches Burt Williams and Joe Windon were instrumental with me. I tip my hat to those guys. I would do it all over again because I made relationships that will last a lifetime. We are the best of friends and those guys will all be in my wedding one day. That school taught me time management and about doing stuff when you have to do it.”
Following GMC, Brown made his way to Gainesville and played for the Gators. There, he had an up and down two years under former Gator coach Will Muschamp. He went through two offensive coordinators and two offensive line coaches.
”I feel like I could have contributed more,” Brown said. “But I came from JUCO and it took a while. The offense was complicated with [Brent] Pease. Then we had [Kurt] Roper. That [offense] wasn’t hard at all. They tried their best to dumb it down for all of us but got more complicated as we progressed. But it was still difficult to work through there at Florida.
Like many of the players at Florida, Brown was dismayed at what took place on the field in Gainesville. He feels for Muschamp and knows they just didn’t get the job done.
”I have a great relationship with coach Muschamp,” Brown said. “He’s a class A guy. He’s a better person than a coach. He’s a great person and a great coach in my eyes. No one wanted to see him fail. We did the best we could to see him and the seniors out on the right note.
”Football is about winning games and we just didn’t win the games. That’s it.”Related stories: NFL Rosters Breakdown Series
Part 1 - Daddy, where are NFL players from?
Part 2- Where do student-athletes major in the NFL?
Part 3 - Drafted vs Undrafted Players
Part 4 – Positional Breakdowns of the NFL: Where are they from?
Part 5 - NFL Veterans: Where are they from?
Part 6 – Top NFL Producing High Schools