Posted: 9:54 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Falcons’ Draft Board: A look at LB Preston Brown 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) is stopped after a first down run by Louisville linebacker Preston Brown (2) in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) is stopped after a first down run by Louisville linebacker Preston Brown (2) in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

 Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player we are projecting to be on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. With the Falcons having 10 picks, we’ll start out by focusing on potential late-round picks and then move on to early-round picks. We’ll start things today off with Louisville linebacker Preston Brown.

 Player: Preston Brown

Position: Inside Linebacker

School: Louisville

Height and weight: 6-1, 251

Combine numbers:4.86 seconds in the 40-yard dash (Pro Day, 4.79); 23 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 33-inch vertical; 9-8 broad jump; 4.26 in the shuttle and 6.98 in the three-cone drill.

Projected Round: He’s the seventh rated inside linebacker in the draft and projected to be selected in the fifth round by NFLDraftScout.com.

Career Highlights: Brown led the Cardinals with 98 tackles (71 solos, 27 assists). He had 12.5 tackles for losses, 4.5 sacks, seven quarterback hits, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown against Memphis on Nov. 23. Brown, who was a four-year starter for the Cardinals, played outside linebacker as a freshman and sophomore. He worked out of the Falcons on March 19th in Louisville.

Quotes: “I think tackling is one of the best things I do. It’s one of the main parts of the game. You’ve got to be able to tackle, especially if you’re going to be a linebacker. I try to be around the ball as much as I can and get forced fumbles anyway I could when I was around the ball…I consider myself a four-down linebacker. I play special teams. I’ll be out there on third down covering. I feel I can do it all.”

Falcons level on interest: The Falcons are thin at inside linebacker behind Paul Worrilow and Akeem Dent, who’ll be battling back from injury. Brown is a run stuffer and the Falcons need to improve against the run. He likely could earn his roster spot by staring on special teams and then eventually competing for playing time. He has high football intelligence, which is always important to the Falcons. Also, he has earned his degree in Health and Human Performance. Louisville picks their captains for each game and Brown was selected four times last season. He was selected to coach Charlie Strong’s leadership committee as a sophomore.

Here is when the Falcons will select. The NFL draft is set for May 8-10:

  • Round 1 – No. 6 overall
  • Round 2 – No. 37 overall
  • Round 3 – No. 68 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 103 overall
  • Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 5 – No. 147 overall
  • Round 6 – No. 182 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 220 overall
  • Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
  • Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day 

13 comments
notPlanB
notPlanB

Considering he's projected as a 5th rounder, TD will probably draft him in the 3rd.

MrKumbi
MrKumbi

I've been banging a drum for Brown since I saw we'd brought him in to visit.  He's not going to be great in coverage but he's a thumper.  We need a few more tough guys that aren't afraid to smack a guard/tackle in the mouth.

slydawg
slydawg

Basically, he is a good fit for ILB in a 3-4 package, ya know, the defensive package Smith denies but Dimitroff confirms.

JackClemens
JackClemens

Good thing he's getting out of Louisville now. Lucky break missing Pigtrino, er Putrino, uh, you know, that Beezlebub guy.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Preston Brown is o.k. for the later rounds  but Jadeveon Clowney is Job One. 

58Supersports
58Supersports

I like Mr. Brown....would be a very good pick if still there.

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

Great game numbers, low combine numbers...guys like this make for great depth.  Every once in a while, these types of guys excel even on the NFL level.  Give me a player any day over a weight room warrior.

JSSN
JSSN

Preston's a great young man!

JSSN
JSSN

@JackClemens  

What do you have against Lucifer to curse him like that?

JackClemens
JackClemens

Good point. My apologies to the real Prince of Darkness.