Referred to by Jon Gruden during ESPN's Draft Coverage as a track-athlete playing football, Brown's athletic ability is highly apparent as evidenced by an impressive 4.44 forty-yard dash time. Of course, as indicated by Gruden's comment as well as others who've chimed in on his abilities, Brown is known more for his physical talents than his football instincts.
Personally, at this stage of his career, Brown can be considered a project faced with the daunting task of turning his potential into production on the NFL level.
As he develops his talents, I expect Brown's speed to wreak havoc as a factor on special teams, until he's ready to contribute on Jerry Gray's defense.
Any thoughts/comments on the Zach Brown selection? Feel free to contribute your thoughts below.
Bout time we got more tar heels. I watched Zachary through most of his collegiate career and he was continually a factor, so ideally he can step in and contribute after some time I the weight room. He also is a little on the short side
I am baffled by the response of some Titans fans to Zach Brown (check out the rabid comments on the official "12th Titan Fan Forum"). Having an OLB who's good in coverage has been a glaring need since Bulluck left - and let's list a few TEs: Gronkowski, Hernandez, Gates, Pettigrew, Daniels, Shiancoe ... and that's just the first five games this year. The Titans look as if they're building to be a team that throws the ball and stops the pass, which is exactly what they need to do to be a contender.
Scouts Inc has this guy as the 5th best OLB in the draft. He had the fastest 40 time at the combine and at one point Mel Kiper had him ranked as the 2nd best OLB. It doesnt look like he will start this year, but it's pretty clear that he was drafted to eventually take over the Will linebacker spot (weakside). He has the potential to be the linebacker the titans have been looking for since Keith Bulluck. No one expected McCarthy to come on as fast as he did last season and Brown has the capability and opportunity to do the same. This could be seen as somewhat of a risk, but the reward could be great. Zach Brown has a "wait and see" tag on him because his career really could go in any direction.
I would've really liked to have seen them draft Vinnie Curry instead of Brown. Curry would have an immediate opportunity to play. Not sure if Brown does outside of special teams, which is too high for a 2nd rd pick.