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03/14/18 - Oklahoma Pro Day: Brown was a solid second-rounder, at No. 42, on Brugler's pre-Combine Big Board but fell out of the Top 50 following the event. The consensus opinion at NFLDraftScout dropped Brown to the 10th-best tackle and a third- to fourth-round prospect. He gave scouts more to think about Wednesday. "Going to the Combine, I did horrible," Brown told reporters after Wednesday's workout. "I've been running the 5.6 consistently. I've been benching 18 to 20. This is before the Combine. ... When I went to the Combine, my bench press didn't go well because I got away from my breathing technique. And from there, it just kind of snowballed for me. My mentality was messed up. "And I'm not that type of person. I've had bad plays and bounced back and had a great game. And that shows up on film."
Brown (6-9, 345) was never going to test well, but he needed to not be the worst to maintain his standing as one of the best at his position in a weak draft class for offensive tackles. Even if the 5.63 time in the 40 is legit, it would still be the slowest among offensive linemen who worked out at the Combine, and his improved testing is still below average at the position. "Hopefully, what happened at the Combine doesn't completely represent me with these scouts and coaches," Brown said. "Hopefully they look at Pro Day and they look at the film and understand what type of person I am." - The Sports Xchange
03/14/18 - Oklahoma Pro Day: Oklahoma left tackle Orlando Brown fizzled like no other at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, turning in an historically bad testing performance that left his draft stock in free-fall. He at least partially redeemed himself Wednesday at Oklahoma's Pro Day in Norman, Okla. The mammoth left tackle improved his testing across the board, adding seven inches in the broad jump (7 feet, 5 inches at Pro Day), six inches in his vertical jump (25 1/2 inches) and four reps of 225 pounds in the bench press (18). He also dropped his 40 time from a Combine-worst 5.85 seconds to 5.63, although the latter mark, reported by OU, was hand-timed and not electronically timed, as in Indianapolis at the Combine. What does it all mean for the 2017 first-team All-American?
"There was a lot riding on Brown's on-campus workout," said NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler. "And he responded with improved numbers across the board, especially in the lower-body explosion drills. At the end of the day, NFL teams who consider drafting Brown will trust the tape over the workout numbers, but his improved times will help justify a team's willingness to believe in the player. "Brown will always be a heavy-footed tackle; that won't change. But with his wide base and wingspan, he is able to compensate. Brown is a tough evaluation because of his skill-set, which has scouts divided on his long-term projection. "While he likely won't be drafted in the top 50 picks, Brown still has a chance to hear his name called on day two of the NFL Draft." - The Sports Xchange
03/06/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Question Marks: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma...A heavy-footed player, Brown didn't have to be the best athlete among the offensive linemen at the Combine, he just couldn't be the worst. And unfortunately for the former Sooner, he turned in a historically poor performance, finishing last in the 40-yard dash (5.85), vertical (19.5 inches), broad jump (6-feet-10), short shuttle (5.38) and bench press (14). Brown is able to compensate for his lack of athleticism on the field with his wide base and wingspan, but the low numbers he posted in Indianapolis will be an anchor on his draft grade, most likely out of the top-two rounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/02/18 - 2018 NFL Combine, Friday: On the first day of the NFL Scouting Combine, I tweeted that Oklahoma's Orlando Brown didn't have to be the best athlete at the event to cement his status as one of the draft's top offensive tackles. But he couldn't be among the worst. Brown wasn't just among the worst; he ranked dead last in several athletic testing drills on Friday morning. He ranked last among the offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (5.85 seconds), bench press (14 reps), vertical jump (19.5-inches) and broad jump (6-feet, 10 inches). His tape shows a heavy-footed athlete with minimal lower body flexibility, so he wasn't expected to test among the best offensive line athletes. But few expected record-low numbers across the board.
At 6-foot-8 and 345 pounds with 9 3/4-inch hands, 35-inch arms and 85 1/8-inch wingspan, Brown is a mountain of a man who compensated for his limited athleticism at Oklahoma with his wide base and reach. And, according to Brown, his mental preparation is also an asset. "My football IQ is some of the best in the country," Brown said. "It's honestly my best asset: how I understand the game. I understand the NFL. I understand these schemes and what's expected. I'm a good learner." Considered a possible first-round pick entering the Combine, his pro projection will be all over the map after Friday's performance. Some teams will trust the tape; others will be scared off. Regardless, Brown knows he needs to play at a high level to see the field. "I'm a guy that understands my job isn't going to just be given to me," he said. "I have to take it." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Interior OL Measures Up to Expectations: Not surprisingly, Orlando Brown from Oklahoma was the biggest man measured Wednesday, topping out at just an eighth of an inch under 6-8 and 345 pounds with 35-inch arms and an 85 1/8-inch wingspan. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Athleticism Key for these Prospects: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma...A massive, plodding blocker, Brown's game is built more on power than quickness, which works for him with his large base and humongous wingspan. He isn't expected to blow anyone away in drills, but he can't be deficient in them either. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/18 - Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. is giving up his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL draft. The redshirt junior left tackle announced his intentions Wednesday on Twitter. "After talking things over with my family and coaches, I will be declaring early for the NFL Draft," Brown tweeted. "It's been an amazing 4 years here. I wouldn't want to be a part of any other university. Thank you Sooner Nation." Brown, the son of former NFL offensive tackle Orlando "Zeus" Brown, started at Oklahoma at left tackle since his redshirt freshman season in 2015. The 6-foot-8, 345-pound Brown is considered a potential first-round pick in April. He was a unanimous first-team All-America pick and a finalist for the Outland Trophy this year as the blind-side blocker for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield. - The Sports Xchange
12/23/17 - Orlando Brown Jr.'s road to greatness hasn't been as straight as one might expect for the son of an NFL offensive lineman. Oklahoma's dominant left tackle is a first-team AP All-American and a projected first-round draft pick. But years ago, he was a slow, chubby seventh-grader who lacked aggression. "His dad would stay on him, like, 'You're playing too timid, you don't want to play this game, you don't want to play it because you're not playing the way you should be playing,'" said Orlando Jr.'s mother, Mira Brown. Orlando Sr. went well beyond critiquing his son's lack of intensity. He taught him about focus, good eating habits and the importance of training and study. Though Orlando Sr. died in 2011, he still affects his son. In chasing his dreams of being better than his father, Orlando Jr. has become a player few thought he could become.
The 6-foot-8, 345-pounder is a key reason the Sooners will play in a playoff semifinal against Georgia on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl. "I made a promise to my dad that I'd be a 10-year vet, NFL Hall of Famer," Orlando Jr. said. "That's kind of what my goal has been since I started playing. Obviously, you set smaller goals there - one of my goals was to be a unanimous All-American. I haven't reached that top one yet - I'm not even in the league, kind of far from it, so I'm just continuing to work and stay grounded." Orlando Jr.'s results are new, but his focus is not. Mira Brown said her son has been locked in since those junior high days when he weighed about 400 pounds. "I've never had to tell Orlando, 'Let's go,'" Mira Brown said. "Even being sick, I've never had to say, 'Get up, come on,' any of that. He's always been ready to go." - AP College Football
12/19/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Orlando Brown, Oklahoma Jr. Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge,...A team captain, Brown is a mainstay on an OU offensive line that is regarded as one of the best in the country and that has helped the Sooners average 593.5 yards per game and 8.6 yards per play, both tops in the nation. OU also ranks first nationally in offensive touchdowns (72), pass completion percentage (72.2), pass efficiency rating (206.6), yards per pass attempt (12.1), plays of 20-plus yards (104), pass plays of 20-plus yards (78), plays of 80-plus yards (4) and pass plays of 80-plus yards (3). - Oklahoma Football
12/01/17 - 2017 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Orlando Brown, Oklahoma, Jr., Duluth, Ga.,...Brown was highlighted as the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second straight season, joining Jon Cooper in 2008 as the only Sooners to win the award. OU's left tackle is the third player since the award was first introduced in 2006 to earn the honor multiple times, joining Baylor's Spencer Drago (2014, '15) and Cyril Richardson (2012, '13).
A team captain, Brown is a mainstay on an OU offensive line that is regarded as one of the best in the country and that has helped the Sooners average 593.5 yards per game and 8.6 yards per play, both tops in the nation. OU also ranks first nationally in offensive touchdowns (72), pass completion percentage (72.2), pass efficiency rating (206.6), yards per pass attempt (12.1), plays of 20-plus yards (104), pass plays of 20-plus yards (78), plays of 80-plus yards (4) and pass plays of 80-plus yards (3). - Oklahoma Football