NFL Draft Stock Watch: Andre Brown

Allen LoppCorrespondent IApril 10, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 22:  Andre Brown #24 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack tries to break away from Deunta Williams #27 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Kenan Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Andre Brown is a 6'1", 228-pound senior from NC State, and while there, he was a consistent contributor to the offensive effort, but was never the featured back.

His senior season was his finest, as Brown rushed for 767 yards and seven touchdowns.

He is tall and thick in his upper and lower body, and is a strong, straight-ahead runner. Brown is also agile enough to side-step and find a running lane.

Brown lowers his pads to run over tacklers, keeps his legs churning in short-yardage situations, and will carry linebackers and safeties for a few yards before being taken down.

He is able to stand up to blitzing linebackers, and possesses skills to be a productive pass-catcher against mis-matched safeties in the open field.

A few knocks come to mind, however, as Brown tends to run tall and he also lacks elite speed, thus he needs a few steps to get going. His catching ability is somewhat inconsistent out of the backfield, and he tends to rely on body-catches too often. Brown also lacks aggression is getting upfield, as he tends to dance a bit in the hole before taking off.

He also needs to work on being more aware of blitzers off the edge.

His left foot must be checked out medically, as he fractured it in 2007, and had another surgery in spring 2008 to the same ankle.

I think he would be a nice replacement for Derrick Ward of the Giants, and I see Brown going somewhere between the second and fourth round, but no later than that.