The Dallas Cowboys selected Purdue defensive back Anthony Brown with their sixth round (No. 189 overall) selection on Saturday. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 5-foot-11, 192 pounds
Rankings: Scout.com ranks Brown as the No. 242 overall player on the board, and the No. 26 cornerback on the board.
The skinny: Brown intercepted four passes in 2015, logged 19 pass breakups for his career and managed 110 tackles in his final two years with the Boilermakers. He ended up with 188 tackles for his Purdue career and played 46 games in his four-year career.
What Cowboys are getting: One lightning quick dude. At the combine Brown ran a blistering 4.35 40-yard dash, so he can have an impact on special teams right away as a gunner in coverage. He was also one of the strongest corners at the combine, lifting the bar 19 times in the bench press. Finding this blend of speed and upper-body strength at corner this late in the draft is a task. Now, why did he fall to the sixth round? Well, he gave up too many big plays in college, though some of that can be attributed to playing on one of college football's worst defenses. Technique is an issue, especially when it comes to using his hands in tight spaces, which led to some pass interference calls. He's considered a project, but one with significant upside because of the measureables.
CowboysHQ.com Grade: B-minus
Postins’ Take: As you might expect with a sixth-round pick, his perceived value was all over the place. Scout had him well into the 200s overall, but some teams reportedly has a second-day grade on Brown. It's the elite straight line speed that sucks you in. Finding a guy that can run a sub-4.4 40-yard dash AND play competent corner in the NFL is another matter. I'm concerned that, despite the speed, it sounds like he was beat downfield often. It makes me think he could have issues in man coverage. But in zone coverage I'm less concerned. Let that speed take him all over the field and make plays. Special teams coach Richard Bisaccia is going to love his overall speed and that's going to enhance Brown's chances of making the team outright. The Cowboys have cheaply assembled a cadre of legit special teams performers. Brown could fit right in while he improves as a corner.
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