It seems just like yesterday that Jamon Brown was a senior at Fern Creek (Ky.) High School drawing interest from college coaches throughout the region and collecting scholarship offers from Louisville, Illinois, Purdue, Kentucky and others. A three-star prospect who was rated among the nation's top defensive tackles prospects, Brown committed early to then Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong and would quickly become an crucial part of the offensive line.
Brown started 40 of his 49 career games, helping Louisville to four consecutive bowl appearances, including wins in the Sugar and Russell Athletic. He was All-ACC Second Team selection following the 2014 season.
“It's gone by quickly,” Brown told Cardinal Authority after working out in front of NFL scouts at the program's Pro Day last week.
Following an impressive showing at the Shrine Bowl in January, Brown was invited to participate in the NFL Combine last month. While he met with a few NFL franchises while in Indianapolis for the combine, a minor injury limited his ability to participate, placing more emphasis on his Pro Day performance.
With a program record number of NFL personnel on hand, including head coaches Bill Belichick, Marvin Lewis and Mike Tomlin, Brown turned in a solid outing. He recorded quality times in the various measurements and was impressive during his positional workout.
“Considering that I got hurt at the combine, just being back out doing football stuff felt really good,” he said. “I'm feeling really good about the workout. There were a lot of coaches out there and being able to see what myself, John (Miller) and Jake (Smith) can do.”
Brown, 6-foot-3, 325-pounds, has met with multiple NFL teams and will continue to do so until the start of the draft on April 30. He is appreciative of the feedback, good or bad, that he receives.
“All through this process we get good and negative feedback,” he explained. “Regardless of what type of feedback that we are getting, the fact that we are getting feedback at all is the goal.”
As the day when his dream of becoming an NFL player draws near, Brown can't help but recall the days of when he was standing on the sidelines watching upperclassmen display their talents on Prod Day.
“It's surreal, really,” he said. “Now that it is my turn, it creeped up on me so fast. Now I'm done playing at U of L and I'm participating in pro day just like I watched the previous guys go through their pro days.”
Brown will spend most of his prior to the draft working out in Louisville.
“I'll be here through the draft day,” he said. “I'll be working out. Hopefully I'll get some individual workouts with some teams. Outside of that, I'll be here training.”