Tony Brown is not only one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He's also one of the best overall players.
Brown has been ranked high on several lists at B/R and other publications. He's a terrific talent who sits high on top of many boards and it is time he gets a little more in-depth coverage.
This piece will formally introduce Brown to the audience and present a scouting report on him. Not to be stopped there, Brown also will be seen in action with video highlights so his talent can be displayed for those unable to see him play in person.
Finally, predictions will be made on Brown's career and where he will end up. This is not something to miss!
Brown is a highly rated CB prospect from Beaumont, which is an hour and 20 minutes outside of Houston in Southeast Texas. He's been on the radar since his freshman season and has already been invited to play in the 2014 Army game.
He made 96 tackles as a sophomore and broke up 16 passes after having 95 stops and 14 PBUs as a freshman. Brown is also one of the top hurdlers in Texas with a 7.76 60-meter hurdle time. His sister, Bealoved, is headed to LSU on a track scholarship as a sprinter.
Brown is a big and physical CB prospect who stands 6'0" and weighs 188 pounds. He feels at home when he can roll up on a receiver, press his man at the line and bully him downfield. Brown also is outstanding in zone coverage.
His recovery speed and short-area quickness are noticeable immediately on tape. Brown has solid technique, a quick backpedal and comes out clean from his transition to drive hard on balls.
He has loose hips, quick feet and excellent instincts on the field. This is a tough kid who doesn't shy away from contact, evidenced by him laying of some big hits on ball-carriers in his career. Brown can squeeze down to support the run and can also play FS, SS, OLB and drop-end.
There's not much to dislike when it comes to Brown's game and skill set.
One drawback with him is that he must improve his wrap-tackling technique. Brown seems to want to make the big hit too often rather than simply bear-hugging the runner and bringing him down with his hips and power.
Another concern is that Brown could be 200 pounds at the start of his freshman year in college. It remains to be seen how his physical development and maturation will affect his hip flexibility. If Brown gets too thick, he may be in line for a move to safety in college, where he still should be an All-Conference player.
Here is some footage of Brown working out at the Dallas NIKE Camp this past spring. Note his impressive physical stature, excellent short-area burst and competitiveness. He performs well in the one-on-one drills and uses his instincts and awareness in the team-defense drills.
This is a short clip of some highlights from Brown's junior campaign. Several plays on this clip show Brown flash the skills of a box safety, which is why there's banter he may be a seam defender one day in college. Wherever Brown goes and whichever DB position he plays, he should be successful.
In the last look at Brown's highlights, here is a look at his top plays as a sophomore. He netted 96 tackles, picked off three passes and broke up another 16 in that season. It was evident that Brown came back from his freshman season with more confidence and understanding of his defensive-scheme responsibilities.
As far as Brown's career, the prediction is that he'll be ready to play special teams and perhaps a nickel role as a freshman. If he maxes out as a rookie, he could be a starter by the middle of the season.
However, whenever he lands a starting role, Brown will not relinquish it until he graduates or leaves early for the NFL. He could leave college as a 6'1" CB who weighs more than 200 pounds and runs a 4.3 40 (ESPNU already lists his 40 time at 4.37).
Brown grades out high when evaluated, and the expectations for him are vast and great. As far as where he'll play, look for Brown to follow his sister to Baton Rouge and play for Les Miles at LSU.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.