Draft Profile

The Bears were hoping to address their need for a pass rusher through free agency. The team was considering signing Cincinnati DE Reinard Wilson, who had a career high nine sacks last season, but he re-signed with the Bengals. Leaving Chicago still looking for a pass rush specialist, which will now likely have to come through the NFL draft (April 20-21).

Alex Brown had a productive senior season at Florida with 50 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and 10.5 sacks. He was a consensus All-American, Associated Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year and an Outland and Nagurski finalist.

Brown is an excellent athlete, who could play linebacker at time, but his greatest strength is coming of the edge as a pass rusher. The 6-3 ½, 260-pounder has terrific initial quickness, excellent speed, an explosive burst and second gear all of which equated to a forty time of 4.75 seconds.

Brown is undersized and has trouble shedding blocks at times. Hot-and-cold player who at times will disappear if you shut him down early. Tends to feed off success and let failure get him down. Does not always hustle or chase the play. Loves sacks and at times gets a little lax about playing the run.

Brown can be a top pass-rush specialist if he learns to play hard all the time, develop his moves and not get down when he gets blocked and negated early in the game.

Once was considered a first-round pick, but will likely fall into the second round after being dubbed a one-dimensional player.


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