Scout's Notebook: OL Patrick Brown

With veteran Artis Hicks departing, there might be a roster spot available for an offensive lineman who can play both guard and tackle. Patrick Brown, who spent most of last season on the Vikings' practice squad, is hoping to land that spot. Take a closer look at his strengths, weaknesses and background inside.

#78, Patrick Brown
(6051, 310, 5.20-5.34) Central Florida

Born 12/25/86, in St. Charles, Ill., where he attended St. Charles North High School. Son of Kevin and Stacey Brown. Lettered in football and track and field (shot and discus). Football coach was Mark Gould. Two-time all-conference and all-area selection. Leadership Award recipient.

College: Four-year starter at left tackle. Started all 12 games as a true freshman in 2005. Earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors as a sophomore in 2006. Started all 14 games in 2007, earning first-team All-Conference USA honors. Started another 12 games as a senior in 2008, team captain, and was again named first-team All-Conference USA. Started 50 consecutive games in college. Played for former Vikings defensive coordinator George O'Leary at UCF. Majored in communications with a minor in marketing.

Pro: Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft. Was waived by the Panthers on Sept. 5 during the final cuts. Signed by the New England Patriots to their practice squad on Sept. 6, 2009; was released on Sept. 24. Signed to the Vikings practice squad on Sept. 29, 2009 after center Jon Cooper was promoted to the active roster. Re-signed by the Vikings to a reserve/futures contract on Jan. 28, 2010.

Positives: Four-year starter at left tackle in college. Smart, tough, physical blocker with good hand quickness and body lean. Anchors nicely on pass protection. Effective position blocker who understands blocking angles. Keeps his feet moving. Can pull and trap. Grades out well in all phases.

Negatives: Marginal athlete who isn't especially light on his feet. Will struggle against quickness and athleticism. Doesn't overpower defenders.

Summary: A potentially durable and productive performer who has enough tools and the intelligence and technical proficiency to be a capable swingman who could fill in at guard or tackle on either side of the offensive line. A good fit for the zone-blocking style scheme the Vikings generally deploy.

Kevin Brown has been providing personnel analysis and writing about the Vikings for more than 20 years with Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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