Draft Capsule: LB Arthur Brown

Draft Capsule: LB Arthur Brown
March 18, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

Arthur Brown (MLB), Kansas State

6-0 | 241 lbs.

2012 Stats:

100 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 INT, 6 PD, TD

Projection:

1st/2nd Round

Strengths:

Very instinctive player who is able to read the play before the quarterback snaps the ball. Plays much bigger than his 6'0 foot frame would indicate. Gets under the pads of blockers, using his leverage to make a play on the ball. Great in coverage, asked to stay with tight ends and wide receivers running across the middle of the field. Doesn't shy away from contact. Able to close in on the quarterback using his quickness when blitzing through the gaps.

Weaknesses:

Size is a concern for Brown at the next level. Will he be a MLB or will a team move him to the outside? Struggles at Miami forced Brown to transfer to Kansas State which brought on maturity issues. With only three sacks and no forced fumbles during his college career, scouts have questioned Brown's playmaking ability.

Fit for the Bears:

With still no signs of the Bears bringing Brian Urlacher back and the loss of Nick Roach, linebacker has become the No. 1 area of need for Phil Emery. While No. 20 may seem a little high for Brown, the chances of him slipping to their second-round selection aren't likely. Emery showed he isn't afraid to reach for a player by selecting Shea McClellin in the first-round in 2012. The Kansas State standout could become the MLB of the future in Chicago and playing alongside Lance Briggs would only help his development.