Baron Browning – Linebacker – Ohio State
A backup QB might be the smarter choice here, but Browning is underrated just enough to warrant a seventh round pick if he is there. Here is where you get guys you don’t think you will have a shot at after the draft, and Browning would be sought after if he drops out. Punter could also be a pick, but you can usually find one after the draft.
Browning is a hard guy to evaluate. He will flash an elite play, then disappear for a play. He has almost elite coverage skills for a linebacker and can blitz well. When he hits someone they usually don’t break his tackle. He finds the ball well and makes plays when asked to chase. Elite speed and this gives him sideline to sideline coverage and stay with most receivers he is asked to cover.
Where Browning needs to get work is his ability to diagnose and react. Because of his desire to make a big play, will get lost in his gap at times. His first step is a little slow, but makes up for it with his speed. Will need to work on it in the NFL due to the speed increase at the pro level.
Other Names: Kellen Mond, Jon Runyan, Francis Bernard. Mond is a live arm quarterback who takes a ton of bad chances. Runyan is an offensive tackle who stands up in pass pro, but needs work in run blocking. Bernard is another linebacker who has the speed and agility, but needs work in the strength part of his game.