Orlando Brown Declares for 2018 NFL Draft

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2018

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Orlando Brown #78 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown announced his intention to enter the 2018 NFL draft Wednesday, where he could be the top offensive tackle off the board. 

Brown, a redshirt junior, will forgo his final year of eligibility and hire an agent. 

Orlando Brown (Zeus) @ZEUS__78

After talking things over with my family and coaches, I will be declaring early for the NFL Draft. It’s been an amazing 4 years here. I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other university. Thank you Sooner Nation!!! ⭕️🙌🏾

A year ago, Brown said he would not leave Oklahoma until he received a first-round grade. In November, he acknowledged he was unsure about whether he would enter the draft.

"No, it's too early for me to say that," Brown told . "It's still a lot of football left, and I only focus on one week at a time. Obviously, I love it here, and there's a lot of things to look forward to in the future, but as far as the NFL, I don't know yet."

It's hard to find any real reason for Brown to stick around. CBS Sports ranks him as the best offensive tackle and fourth-rated player overall in the class. Given positional scarcity, it's possible he winds up becoming a top-five pick by draft night.

Listed at 6'8" and 360 pounds, Brown might wind up being a right tackle at the next level. Guys his size are typically mauling run-blockers rather than the nimble left tackles capable of fighting elite pass-rushers off the edge. 

Brown is quicker than most guys his size, though, so whichever team drafts him will likely wind up giving him a chance to win a spot on the left side. 

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