Orlando Brown Draft Profile
Orlando Brown Draft Profile
Get to know Orlando: You may recognize the name as his father, Orlando “Zeus” Brown, played in the NFL for 11 seasons. Brown’s father passed away at the age of 40 from diabetic ketoacidosis, so now he plays for his memory. Brown was again among the best tackles in the country in 2017, receiving Outland Trophy finalist, first-team AP All-American, and All-Big 12 notice for protecting Baker Mayfield’s blind side.
- Massive size
- Strong hands
- Nasty finisher
- Dominant first level run blocker
- Holds his own in pass protection
Analysis: To say Orlando Brown is massive would be an understatement. His outstanding arm length poses challenges for defenders. Able to seal down blocks with his huge frame alone. Nasty finisher who is looking to intimidate and overwhelm the man across from him. Has pure power to get defenders turned out of the hole when his footwork is right. Linebackers looking to take on his second level blocks can be engulfed. For his size, I was surprised how effective his kick-slide can be in pass protection. Consistent with punch timing. Can completely derail a pass rusher’s game plan with early jabs into his frame. Uses maximum arm extension most of the time. Good luck attempting a bull rush on Orlando Brown, defenders will be stopped in their tracks. It doesn’t always look pretty, but he can ride rushers past the pocket. Keeps his feet moving and alive in pass protection. Comes from NFL bloodline.
- Leverage issues
- Overshoots targets on second level
- Slow lateral movement
- Aggression can lead to holding penalties
Analysis: Orlando Brown’s size is a large advantage (no pun intended), but can also be a downfall at times. He has leverage issues due to high center of gravity. Not a natural knee bender. His down blocks land way too high and carry uneven momentum. Brown consistently overshoots linebackers while getting to the second level. He needs to shoot his punch with more quickness and less wasted motion. Will open and lunge at times when rushers start to make their turns along the rush arc. Fails to clamp into defender’s frame and sustain blocks through hand strength. Slow lateral movement off the snap. Brown will not be effective in every run blocking scheme, his lack of lateral movement and mobility will limit what schemes he will fit into in the NFL.
Size: 6’8 360lbs
What the experts say: “He’s really big and he’s really long. In the NFL, big guys with long arms can play a long time so you don’t have to be the most skilled or the most athletic. He would make me nervous to put out there at left tackle without any help.” – Former NFL offensive line coach
Draft Rank: No.6 OL
NFL Comparison: Orlando Brown (his father)
Draft Projection: Round 1