NFL Draft 2012 #52: Tennessee Titans Select Zach Brown, OLB, N. Carolina
Career Highlights: Brown ranked well in the ACC in 2011. He was fourth in solo tackles (62), eighth in total tackles (105) seventh in tackles for loss (14) and 8th in sacks with 6.
Here is a look at his strengths:
Brown finds the ball, reacts, and finishes through the ball carrier. His speed is without a doubt his strongest asset and the key to his game. Brown is a natural mover, and his strength isn’t compensated by his play speed, as he is well-polished in removing himself from blocks and getting to the ball. He is strong over the tight end and has the footwork and hip mobility to run with any tight end in coverage. There are few running backs even at the NFL level who can outrun Brown and get an edge in the run game, and few will slip open against him in the pass game. While he excels out in space, he is also able to play in the box and sniff out runs as a gap defender and make explosive plays at the point of attack. He uses his pure athletic ability and speed to dip and run by linemen into the backfield. Brown also displays the power to run through running backs both in protection and carrying the ball.