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Who is the 6-foot-0-195 pound, Tony Brown?
Brown is mostly remembered by allowing Hunter Renfrow of the Clemson Tigers, to catch the game-winning touchdown in the 2017 BCS National Championship. The game was played at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Brown is a very fast and excellent all-around athlete. Not just a speedster as a defensive back, but also a heavy hitter when it comes to tackling an opponent. Also, Brown ran track, and have recently run 10.27 seconds in the 100 meters, and 11.6 seconds in the 110M high hurdles. A five-star athlete from Beaumont, TX., the son of a former collegiate basketball player at Texas Tech and track star Tammy Walker. His mother’s twin brother is Sammy Walker, who was an NFL defensive back, who also played football and ran track at Texas Tech. Walker was drafted in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft, by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown is a pedigree from an athletic family and looks to continue from his uncle’s legacy. Had off-the-field problems just before the start of the National Championship game, causing him to be benched. His amateur status was almost voided from talking with an agent, was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, losing his starting job to Levi Wallace. However, at the 2018 NFL Combine, Brown was able to send a message to all the scouts as he ran 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash, leaped 10-feet six-inches in the broad jump and 31.5 inches in the vertical jump. His draft stock tremendously rose as he just about nailed his field skill events.
Tony Brown Highlights
Brown’s chiseled body frame and built, is of a safety who's playing corner. He has the ability to jam receivers in press coverages while disrupting their routes. Is an aggressive tackler, and a big thumper who pursues great at the run game. Has great track speed, who ran the 40 yards in 4.35 seconds which allows him to turn and run with the fastest receivers. Versatile as a defensive back, that can play the slot corner, the outside, as well as both safety positions. Probably will be a better fit as a safety with his speed and range, as he plays tremendously downhill with above average coverage skills. Can be a special team ace as he is excellent as a gunner.
May have issues with anticipating routes or instincts that stay glued to receivers in and out of breaks. In man coverage, his aggressiveness causes him to chase receivers around the field. A heavy hitter, with the majority of his tackles, he goes all out for the kill, opposed to wrapping up when tackling. Sub-par defender in the middle of the field, and a suspect of missing opening field tackles. His character raised red flags, which led to a suspension by the NCAA. His over-aggressiveness and trash talk will lead to penalties at the next level. Tries to intimidate receivers before the start of the game, by standing in the middle of the field with no shirt on displaying his chiseled body.
How can he help the Rams?
The Rams lost starting corners Trumaine Johnson who signed with the New York Jets, and cut they're other starting corner Kavon Webster, who ruptured his Achilles tendon last season. Cody Davis signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, as the Rams resigned Nickell Robey-Coleman and RFA Troy Hill to new deals. Most importantly, the Rams use the non-exclusive franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner to shore up the safety position with returner John Johnson III. Brown fits in perfectly, as a versatile defender and also as a great special team player. He can also be just important in the defensive backfield at the safety position as Marqui Christian tore his ACL at the end of last season and not sure of his status returning.
Other defensive backs that are under contract are Troy Hill, who played well when given the opportunity to start, Blake Countess, Kevin Peterson, and rookie and practice squad players Dominique Hatfield and Taurean Dixon. Brown has a good opportunity to fit in under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips system.