In the Film Room: Jeremy Brown

It's hard to decide where Jeremy Brown fits best at the college level. Brown brings tremendous versatility to the table as a wide receiver, cornerback, and return man. The Boone star projects well on both sides of the ball. One thing that is for sure, wherever Brown ends up going to school, or whichever position he does play, he will get the opportunity to field kicks at the next level.

Going down into the state of Florida and getting an athlete of his caliber would be a tremendous addition for the Fighting Irish. With offers from Florida, Georgia, Miami, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, and South Carolina, a Jeremy Brown commitment would not only land the Irish a very good player but also give them a victory in the south over all the southern powers.


The one thing that keeps Jeremy Brown from being and elite football player is his size, or lack thereof. Jeremy measured in at the Jacksonville combine at 5-10.5 and only 152 pounds. Brown doesn't appear to have the frame to get much over 180 pounds. That is a concern for me. I wonder if Jeremy would be able to hold up as an every down player at cornerback or wide receiver. His lack of height also poses problems when Notre Dame goes against teams like Southern Cal and Michigan, who each year are trotting out several very tall wide receivers. At 5-10.5, he is similar in height to guys like Gary Gray, Ambrose Wooden, and Terrail Lambert. He is able to partially overcome his lack of size with the great athleticism that I will discuss later, but his weight raises concerns. He doesn't have the same frame as those players. He'll have to get much stronger. Brown is also not a real physical football player. Don't confuse this for lack of effort or attitude. Brown is a fearless football player. He will hit, he will go over the middle, and he will go high after the football. But his size and lack of great strength limits what he can do as a tackler and a blocker.


This is where Jeremy Brown is outstanding. He has outstanding athletic ability. At the Jacksonville combine he put up one of the best forty times (4.43), the second best shuttle time (4.12), and the best three-cone time (6.81). Brown is more than just a fast athlete. He is able to translate those track type numbers onto the football field. The 5-10 Brown is lighting quick and very fast. More importantly he is able to reach top speed at the snap. As a receiver he gets off the line very quickly and is onto the defender quickly. With the ball in his hands Brown is in and out of his cuts quickly, he's extremely smooth, and has little wasted motion. I like efficiency in my football players. By that I mean I want a guy who is quick, precise, and doesn't waste steps or make unnecessary fakes or moves. That is Jeremy Brown. He also sets people up as he is running and makes a lot of defenders look silly as they try to breakdown on him. Brown also has great vision, finds the creases, and explodes to the open area on the football field. As a cornerback he shows very quick feet in his pedal. He has tremendous make up speed and has little wasted motion.

Brown also has great body control and phenomenal balance. Once he touches the football, whether it is catching a pass, running the ball, returning a kick, or intercepting a pass, he is a threat to take it the distance. Notre Dame doesn't have many players who have more big-play ability with the ball in their hands than does Jeremy Brown. He's very much like Armando Allen and Golden Tate in that regards. Whenever he is on the field you will have to be worried about him. Brown is one of the most explosive skill players in this year's class. As evidenced by his 34 inch vertical jump, Brown can also get up. As a cornerback he has a knack for timing the pass, getting up high, and making a play on the ball. This will help him in college against bigger opponents who will try to out-position Brown and take advantage of his size. Brown also sells out for the football whether he's playing wide receiver or cornerback. He'll make the diving catch. He'll go into traffic and fight for the ball. He'll lay out to knock down a pass. Brown also has very smooth and natural hands.


Brown doesn't play with great technique. He plays with good technique but has quite a bit to learn on both sides of the football. Despite his great quickness and athletic ability his footwork can be inconsistent at times. As a wide receiver he isn't real sharp on all his routes. Right now he's more of a threat with the ball in his hands. As he develops and is taught to use his great speed and quickness as a route runner he'll be hard to cover in a one-on-one situation. The Boone star has an idea of what he is doing he just needs to be sharper on his moving routes like posts, slants, and flag routes. He tends to just drift into his cut rather than really explode out of his cut. He'll need to learn to set up defenders as a route runner like he does with the ball in his hands. It's a coaching/technique issue and something that he'll develop.

As a cornerback Brown shows very good ball skills. He is very explosive out of his turn as well as planting and driving on the football. Brown does a great job of tracking and finding the football once it's in the air. His anticipation of the football is top level. When the quarterback makes the throw Brown hunts down the football. He'll take risks but is so quick that they pay off for him. He gets his hands on a lot of thrown passes. Pedal, hip turn, and make up speed are arguably the three most discussed issues when it comes to cornerbacks. Brown has outstanding athletic ability in all three areas. He's got lighting fast feet, is smooth, and when he starts to run he explodes. His technique and footwork will need some work and refinement, but the athletic ability is certainly there. As a tackler is where Brown really needs the most technique work. Too often Brown goes for a bit hit and fails to wrap up. With his size he'll have to improve and do a better job of breaking down and wrapping up. He gives great effort but his efficiency will have to improve.


You can never have enough playmakers. The truly great teams have playmakers all over the field on offense, defense, and special teams. Notre Dame has lacked an abundance of playmakers over the last decade. There have been some for sure. But when you look back at the Notre Dame rosters during the glory days between 1988 and 1993, their rosters were loaded with those players. The rosters at USC, LSU, Florida, and Texas are the same way. The coaching staff has done a tremendous job the last couple of seasons in playing catch up with those programs. Adding Jeremy Brown to that list would be tremendous.

I'm not sure where Brown projects at the collegiate level. I'm not saying he's going to be a dominant player at one position. What I do believe is that with the football in his hands he has a chance to be as dynamic as any player in the country. He is a difference-maker.

As a wide receiver I question his ability to give you seventy snaps a game, catch sixty passes, and dominate snap after snap. There is no doubt, however, that in a certain role he could be very effective catching the football, running the football, and in the screen game. His abilities compliment those of Duval Kamara, John Goodman, and Golden Tate.

As a cornerback I think he projects more of an every down player. Despite his lack of bulk he does have the athletic ability, speed, and ball skills to play a bunch and be effective. Where his athletic talents are perfectly suited are as a returner. I mentioned early how efficient Brown is as an athlete. Combine that with the fact he is so fast and so quick you have the perfect return man, especially on kick returns. Brown would be a tremendous addition to this recruiting class. Top Stories