The Opening: Andrew Brown Review

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown, a Virginia commit, performed at The Opening and FOXSportsNEXT takes a look at his performance at the three-day event.


Andrew Brown
School: Oscar Smith High, Virginia Beach, Va.
Position: Defensive tackle
The Opening measurable: 6-4, 295
40-yard dash: 5.06 seconds
Shuttle: 4.47 seconds
Vertical jump: 29 inches
Rank: No. 1 defensive tackle/five stars Recruiting situation: Committed to Virginia

Scouting report: Brown came in hyped as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation and it was easy to see why. He wasn't the most dominant defensive tackle in attendance, but he was very good and his athleticism and ability shined through.

Brown knows how to use his hands, and time and again he was able to get the offensive lineman off him in 1-on-1s because of the speed of his hands. Brown also had an impressive rip move in which he easily got past the offensive guard by swinging his arm up, dipping his shoulder and getting around the edge.

One of the best things about The Opening is the 1-on-1s in which the linemen are in shoulder pads and helmets, and it allowed Brown to show his power and how he can play with a low pad level.

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Unlike most defensive tackles who get in a three-point stance, Brown plays out of a four-point stance, and that allows him to start lower and explode up and into the offensive lineman. Brown has the power to push an offensive lineman back.

During the testing segment, Brown's athleticism and balance were extraordinary. He moves likes he's 6-2, 240 pounds, and he has sensational feet.

The only thing Brown left lacking from the two days was more reps. With so many linemen and reps only being staged at one spot, there was a lot of standing around.

There were times when Brown was stopped, particularly when he didn't get off the ball quickly, but part of the reason is every offensive lineman knew who the No. 1 defensive tackle was in the nation, and they were amped to go against him.

What was learned: Brown has elite hands and is very explosive. There were times Brown was blocked, but a defensive end with his hands, thrust, power and pad level gives any defensive line coach a head start in developing a top-end player. Brown's skill set was tremendous, and while that was expected, it was also great to see.

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