Posted: 9:54 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
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
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)
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