Brown stepped in after an injury to Terry Cauley as a freshman and ran for 896 yards and seven scores, to go along with 66 yards and two touchdowns on 13 receptions. As a sophomore he shared the rushing duties with Andre Dixon and ended up with 821 yards and eight scores on the ground, along with 14 catches for 85 yards as a receiver. Despite that success, no one saw the impact he would have as a junior. Brown led the nation in rushing with 2,083 yards. He added 18 touchdowns on the ground and caught 21 balls for 125 yards through the air.
Brown is a well rounded back that can a bit of everything. He has good quickness to and through the hole, and the speed to break off big runs when in space. He is elusive and can make defenders miss, and quickly get up the field. Brown runs bigger than his size indicates, as he is a tough kid that will fight for extra yards at the end of the run. He has shown the ability to carry the load and continue to pick up yardage later in games. Brown has also shown some potential as a receiver, and even has experience returning kicks in college.
While Brown is a solid all around back, he doesn’t standout physically in any area. He has average size, which could bring about some questions about how well he can handle carrying the ball inside on a full time basis. He also may lack the true blazing speed to consistently hit the corner and run away from defenders.
Brown is a very solid prospect and appears to have everything it takes to be a productive pro running back. He had an excellent all around combine performance, and elevated his stock into the top 50 of the draft. Brown was among the leaders in pretty much every category, but the 4.51 40 and 41.5 inch vertical are the numbers that truly stood out for him. Brown has improved his stock, and could possibly be the third back selected in the draft.