POSITION: Offensive tackle.
MEASURABLES: 6-foot-4, 315, 5.07 in the 40.
COLLEGE CAREER: Earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition for the second-straight season and was a two-time state Offensive Lineman/End of the Year pick by the Richmond Touchdown Club. He shifted to left offensive tackle in 2007, starting all fourteen games.
PROJECTED AS: Brown told Bucsblitz.com recently that most teams view him as a player that can help at both tackle and guard, though Brown has little experience playing the latter position.
ARE THE BUCS INTERESTED: Brown and the Bucs met for about five hours at their One Buc Place training facility on April 7.
DRAFT VALUE: Brown said most teams view him as a solid second-round selection. Many mocks have Brown going from the high second round to mid-third round. Most agree the former tight end helped himself with a solid performance during the scouting period.
SCOUT.COM'S TOM MARINO'S ANALYSIS: Never saw him finish in-line (didn't show playing strength or much in the way of toughness). Really struggled with big people. I did like his feet and body balance in pass protection, but was bull rushed and had problems with his anchor. Not as good as he should be, but has too much athletic potential to throw on the scrap heap.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE SAYING:
(Comparing Brown to Buffalo T Jason Peters) "Some might be scared off by the negatives in Brown's scouting report. But Brown has the same qualities as an athlete that Peters showed coming out of college. Both are former tight ends with minimal playing time at offensive tackle. The only thing that worries scouts about Brown is his learning ability, which could be an issue at the pro level. A coach that will both light his fire but bring him along slowly while revamping his technique might find gold with Brown. Buffalo more than got by taking that approach with Peters." — NFLDraftscout.com
"Brown is one of the more athletic offensive linemen in the '08 Draft but must dramatically improve his technique and aggressiveness. He played right tackle as a sophomore and junior, and then moved to left tackle as a senior. He has first-round talent and looked great at the East-West Shrine practices, but GMs should be wary of drafting him too high because his on-field play rarely matches his natural ability." — Sportingnews.com War Room.
MATTHEW POSTINS' BOTTOM LINE: Brown has obviously helped himself this offseason and he appears to be a likely first-day selection. Now, the question becomes — which position? He played two seasons at right tackle and one season at left tackle, but Brown told me that many teams envision him as a guard as well. If you look at the Bucs' current configuration up front, the only real opening is at left tackle, where oft-injured vet Luke Petitgout has two years left on his deal and youngster Donald Penn is coming off a solid season, despite being tossed in the fire. Brown's five-hour meeting included plenty of face time with offensive line coach Bill Muir. Brown's visit, combined with that of Vanderbilt T Chris Williams, could be an indication that the Bucs see a chance to improve their depth at left tackle. At the least, Brown is athletic enough and big enough to offer the Bucs solid depth at two positions, much the way another Hokie, Anthony Davis, did last year as a swing guard-tackle. The question is this — is that all Brown can be, or can he be an eventual starting tackle? I don't believe that you spend a second-round pick on a player you don't envision as a starter, so if Brown comes to Tampa Bay on the draft's first day, pencil him in as a competitor at left tackle who will also cross-train at left guard — and challenge Davis for his backup job in 2008.
Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.