NFL Draft Watch:Sleeper In The 2nd Round His Name Is Donald Brown

Wes MillerCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2009

EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 06:  Donald Brown #34 of the Connecticut Huskies carries the ball in the second half against the Pittsburgh Panthers on December 6, 2008 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Panthers defeated the Huskies 34-10.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Donald Brown is a running back from the University of Connecticut. He is short at 5'10'', but since he is 210 pounds his height doesn't matter. He doesn't have anything special that appeals to scouts, but it's hard to find something he can't do.

His early entry in this year's draft came after leading the nation with 2,083 rushing yards and scoring 18 touchdowns in his junior campaign. Including a game of 261 rushing yards in the 2009 International bowl. 

This year he was named All-American and the Big East Player of the Year for his great junior campaign. His first two years on campus he accounted for 1,717 yards because of injuries.

He has been contributing these numbers since high school, when he rushed for 2,032 yards as a senior and 27 touchdowns. He was also named for countless awards and honors.

His speed has helped his draft stock when he ran a 4.51 in the NFL Scouting Combine. His draft stock has been increasing since the NFL Scouting Combine and will still most likely continue to rise. 

He will have his doubters on draft day, but will be an early second-round pick. He has a arm span of 31 1/2 inches and a hand span of nine inches.



He has a compact build. He runs with a low center of gravity, which keeps him from being less vulnerable from weak tackles. He has great speed to and through the hole. He might have the best vision and stopping-and-starting ability in the entire draft.

He is extremely fast when he goes to his second level. He has great balance to appear to lean one way to deceive the oncoming safety, only to bounce another. He has soft hands when coming out of the backfield. He will always give his best effort when playing.



He is a bit narrow in the shoulders and might not have the frame to gain much weight. He lacks breakaway speed to pull away from NFL defenders. He has marginal size and strength as a pass blocker.

Past UConn running backs' success are not going to help Mr. Brown at all because they have all been busts in the NFL. I have Donald Brown going in the early second round to the Cleveland Browns, 36 overall.