Brown Ready for Draft Day

RALEIGH, N.C. -- All eyes were on Andre Brown at NC State's NFL Pro Day as several scouts were in attendance to watch the fast-rising tailback go through position drills.

All eyes were on Andre Brown at NC State's NFL Pro Day as several scouts were in attendance to watch the fast-rising tailback go through position drills.

Brown didn't have to participate in most of the combine drills as his performance at the 2009 NFL Combine turned heads. Checking in at 6-foot and 224 pounds, Brown ripped off a 4.49 40-yard dash (third-best among tailbacks), bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times, and posted a 37-inch vertical jump.

His 40 time opened a lot of eyes, as some speculated that he would run in the 4.6-range, but Brown thinks that was because he played late in his career with foot problems after having two surgeries on his left foot.

"I knew I was going to run well," said Brown. "A lot of people didn't think I would run well, but I've been hurt and now I'm 100%. I was confident going into the combine, and I think that's why I performed well."

On Wednesday, he ran routes out of the backfield and showcased his agility looking to prove to scouts that he is an all-around back.

"I think I did fairly well in the position drills," said Brown. "The rest is in God's hands."

In an extremely good mood, Brown stated that he was looking to get back into football shape after spending much of the past few months working on his body and practicing the combine events.

"I knew I was going to run well."

"When I was training, I was training for all that stuff over there," he said. "I'm not in football shape. I've got to get back out here and start doing football drills.

"I've got a couple of meetings coming up tomorrow, Friday, next week, and the week after that... I guess I'm doing position drills from here on out so I need to get back out here and get into a routine and get into shape."

Brown is being represented by agent Hadley Engelhard of Enter-Sports Management which is based out of Atlanta. Other clients of Enter-Sport Management include former Wolfpack standouts John McCargo, LeRoy Harris, and DeMario Pressley. Engelhard has been working the phonelines for Brown, lining up several meetings and workouts as April 25th, the day of the 2009 NFL Draft, approaches.

"I have a meeting [on Thursday] with New England," said Brown. "Next week I have one with Kansas City. I've got the Jets and the Jags the week after that, and I go up to Baltimore.

"It's pretty much all over... Cincinnati is going to fly me in. I don't know where I'm going, but I like all of these interviews and visits that I'm getting."

During his career, Brown was one of the most versatile backs in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Although he never rushed for 1,000 yards in a season, Brown split snaps with Toney Baker and Jamelle Eugene all four years he was in Raleigh, never totaling more than 175 carries. As a senior, he rushed for 767 yards and seven touchdowns, and he was also the Wolfpack's second-leading receiver, totaling 29 catches for 309 yards and another two scores.

The strides he made as a tailback were noticeable. His first two years, he often broke runs outside looking to make a big play, but as a junior and senior he showed more confidence in his blockers and ran hard behind his pads. Brown says a lot of the credit for his development goes to Wolfpack running backs coach Jason Swepson, who coached Brown in 2007 and 2008.

"They helped me out a lot, especially mentally," said Brown. "Coach Swepson gave me a good gist of how to be a football player and how to be a running back. What I mean by that is my football IQ is higher.

"From learning defenses, knowing how to make a read, knowing when to press it... my freshman and sophomore year, I wasn't really into defenses. It was just give me the ball and I'll run away from everybody. Now I know how to read [defenses]. Put that with me being 100%, I feel like the sky is the limit."

"With me being 100%, I feel like the sky is the limit."

Brown really burst on the scene at the 2009 Senior Bowl, where he received rave reviews from scouts.

"It was a good experience for me," he said. "Going in there with the top talent in the nation and being able to produce... which I did. I had good practices, and I had a pretty good game.

"It was good just being around all that talent.. it's at least a [taste] of what I can expect at the next level. The speed of the game... how o-linemen move around. I love running behind those guys. It was a great experience, and I enjoyed every minute of it."

With the majority of the process behind him, Brown will conclude his final meetings and workouts before draft day arrives. He'll be attending a Draft Party in the triangle with all of his family and friends, and he admits that he has no idea where he will end up... he also has no preference.

Growing up, Brown moved around a lot, living in Baltimore before originally settling in Greenville, North Carolina. Because of that, he denies being a fan of any NFL team... until April 25th.

"I'm from all over the place," he said. "Baltimore to [North] Carolina... my mom was a Dallas fan, my cousin is a San Francisco fan, and my dad was a Washington fan. I'm going to be a fan of which team drafts me on April 25th.

"It's all over [the board]... some people say first day, some people say early second day. I'm just going to expect the worst and hope for the best. I'm just looking to have an opportunity of being drafted and go in there and earn a spot on a roster... just play ball."


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