Penn State Prepares Brown for Next Level

INDIANAPOLIS -- Penn State offensive tackle Levi Brown has risen up the draft boards of many NFL teams. On Friday, the charasmatic left tackle shared his thoughts on the draft and his career at Penn State with the media.

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  • Penn State offensive tackle Levi Brown checked in at 6-foot-5 and 323 pounds, during his medical evaluation. Brown informed members of the media that he will particpate in all the drills in Indianapolis. The mamoth, left tackle has been one of the hot topics at the combine.

    "I just go out and have fun and try to compete, just like I did at the Senior Bowl," Brown said. "I'll try and do the same here. Hopefully, everyone will like me, but I just want to play football."

    Brown feels he stacks up very favorable against the rest of the tackles in the draft.

    "I think I am a good player," he said. "There are a lot of good linemen here. I'm not sure where I stand at my position. I'm not really sure of where I'll be taken in the draft. I just want to help whichever team picks me win the Super Bowl.

    "I'm a great athlete and I love to play the game. Whether or not I am the No. 1 player at my position doesn't matter, but I do plan on making it to a lot of Pro-Bowls."

    Brown started in 45 games during his career at Penn State and he has proved to be very durable.

    "I would've loved to start all of them if I didn't get hurt," Brown explained. "I just go out there and work hard in the off-season to prepare myself. I'm just working on things and trying to get better everyday. I just go out there and try to be a leader and compete in one of the best conferences in the country.

    Brown started his Nittany Lion career on defense and he admitted that he was reluctant to make the transition at first.

    "Ah, there was this coach, a little short guy that you all may know. He came up to me and told me I was going to defense. I was reluctant to do it, but I think it all worked out for the best."

    Brown has had an advantage working under the watchful eye of head coach Joe Paterno and has been helped by the fact that several NFL players who are Penn State Alumnus who have come back to share advice with him.

    "Coach Paterno prepares you for football, but he also prepares you for life off the field," Brown said. "He gives you a lot of the tools that you need to be successful even if you aren't able to make it to the next level. He makes you a better person and has had a lot of experience with a lot of the guys who have played in the league. A lot of former players come back to talk to us. Getting the NFL perspective from the players side helps you to know what it takes to be successful."

    Fans and media have been questioning the success of the Penn State offensive line as of late. During this decade the Nittany Lions have not placed a high amount of linemen in the NFL compared to previous decades. Brown doesn't feel that the staff has not prepared him for success.

    "The coaches are great coaches." he said. "They get stuff from NFL coaches and everything and they bring it back to us. Being an offensive lineman you have to have an attitude, because your not going to get a lot of recognition. You just have to go out and dominate every player that you face."

    Brown has faced a lot of fierce pass rushers during his career at Penn State, but one particular player who is also at the Combine left an impression on him.

    "The best player I faced would be Anthony Spencer from Purdue without question he has a lot of speed and power. He is the best defensive end in the draft and I hope he gets rewarded for that."

    Brown had the luxury of working against a former Nittany Lion who was a first round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs Tambi Hali that has helped prepare him well for anything he'll face in Indianapolis.

    "That was my boy. Tamba's a dominant defensive end, very quick, has a natural strength. He does a lot of things that make him successful that helped me get better going against him in practice."

    One area that no one can question Penn State on is academics. Brown is a tribute to that as he finished his degree in three and a half years. he then got a second undergraduate degree in psychology.

    "I promised my mom that I would graduate. I finished in three and a half years, so I am pretty proud of that."

    The charasmatic Brown is able to flip the switch when he hits the field and goes from Mr. Niceguy to a dominant tackle.

    "Just being able to dominate a guy who people say you're not supposed to beat. You go against a premier defensive end and you take his will away and at the end of the game he shakes your hand and says 'You got me today.' That's the type of thing I look forward to."

    Brown has met with the Dolphins, Jaguars, Jets, Rams and Ravens. He will begin working out at the combine on Saturday with the rest of the offensive linemen.

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