Chykie Brown - Texas (HT: 5-11¼ - WT: 190)
Combine 40: 4.50 Pro Day: 4.40 & 4.37
Brown is a raw prospect who needs a lot of technique work , but has the raw physical talent to possibly become a very good CB. He has speed and heart/desire. More after the jump.
National Football Post:
Another tall, long corner who likes to get up into the face of receivers in man coverage. However, he isn't real comfortable pressing off the line and consistently looks content to give opposing wideouts a free release and just work from the trail technique.The problem is, he isn't real balanced with his footwork and has a tendency to get overextended, allowing receivers to initially create separation from him. He isn't real technically sound/instinctive in off-coverage either, and has a tendency to lose his balance in his back-pedal and at times is forced to bail out of his drop and turn his back to the football. However, he runs very well for his size and has the ability to regain his footing quickly and get back up to top-end speed. Showcases a real second gear to his game and is a two-stepper who uses his burst and long arms to get his hands on a lot of throws. Finds the football quickly down the field, but lacks ideal body control and tends to drift away from the throw in jump ball situations, allowing receivers to go up and cleanly make a play.
Exhibits a desire to tackle and make plays vs. the run game, but seems to play a bit out of control, failing to consistently break down in space.
Impression: He's got some real rough spots to his game. However, his size/speed numbers and ability to change gears and close on the football are quite intriguing. Has a lot of upside, but he really needs to clean up his footwork and overall technique to have a chance of ever starting at the next level. More of an athlete playing the cornerback position at this stage.
Positives: Has good size, bulk and speed for the position, prototypical frame for a corner... Has a very good motor, looks like he really enjoys playing the game, plays with intensity... Has pretty good leaping ability, does not struggle against taller receivers in jump-ball situations...Has extremely long arms (33⅞")... Is a physical corner, best suited for press/man coverage, although is capable in zone schemes... Is a solid athletes, has any of the physical tools needed to be a good corner... Has pretty good hips and a solid backpedal, can get a little too high at times, but no more so than any other corner... Good character guy, hard worker and team player.
Negatives: Production has never been very good (98 tackles, two interceptions in four years)... Durability may be a slight concern, missed some games in 2008 and 2010 due to injury... Is not a good wrap-up tackler, will miss in open space... Instincts are marginal at best, will get caught looking into the backfield, needs work with route recognition... Change-of-direction skills need some work, does not have elite agility or suddenness for the position... Seems to give up on the ball at times when it is in the air, not a fighter when making plays on the ball... Upside and raw talent may exceed skill at this point, looks like a developmental prospect right now.
04/04/2011 - Texas Pro day: Chykie Brown (5-11 5/8, 191) ran 4.40 and 4.37 seconds in the 40, had a 39-inch vertical, and stood on everything else from the combine. His workout was pretty good. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
No matter if scouts say his name correctly or not -- Shock-ey -- they know he is an athletic, physical corner with great tools with which NFL coaches can work.
Brown's most productive season came as a junior in 2009, posting 48 tackles, eight pass breakups, two sacks, a forced fumble and his first two career interceptions. As a sophomore, an ankle injury limited him in three games but he was able to regain his starting position for Texas' Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State. He finished the season with 28 tackles, nine pass breakups and a sack. Brown saw his first action as a redshirt freshman in 2007 on special teams as well as the defensive backfield. He finished the season with 11 tackles and tied for second on the team with eight special teams tackles.
Brown was injured his senior year, breaking his right forearm late in the season. He played in only nine games but broke up seven passes, had 19 tackles, two for loss and a sack. He played well against top competition and can make quarterbacks pay for poor throws. His physical attributes make him a draft prospect -- and a potential steal if he can stay healthy.
Strengths: Can lock down receivers and rarely saw frequent passes thrown to his side of the field. Plays a mix of off-man and press coverage. Flips his hips well. Can turn and run with receivers and uses good body and hand positioning to stay with them. Has good agility and quick feet after the snap. Takes good angles on the ball and locates it well in the air. Displays great technique when using his long arms and hand-eye coordination to knock away passes in front of the receiver without interfering. Not fooled by head or body fakes and can glue himself to receivers. Never gives up on a play and always wants to be a part of the action. Accelerates quickly once recognizing what's coming. Physical player with good length on the edge, also breaks down well in space. Loves to support vs. the run and will wrap up and bring down most backs.
Weaknesses: Stands upright in his backpedal, making him a step slow to plant and drive on short routes. Good height for a corner, but can get overpowered and shielded by big, strong receivers on the outside. Slow to recognize what's coming: run or pass. Looks to be confused in zone coverage at times, gets turned around and does not always spot receivers coming into his area. Is athletic but can be outrun by pure speed receivers if he doesn't read the initial move. Quick enough to stick with receivers when he keeps contact or the route is simple, but lacks the speed to recover deep. Missed three games as a sophomore due to a sprained ankle he suffered in mid-October of that season, also multiple games in 2010 with a broken right forearm.
Five-year cornerback who appeared in 47 career games, starting 29 … notched 106 tackles (71 solo), two INTs, 24 PBU, four sacks, nine TFL, three pressures and two forced fumbles during his career … appeared in all 14 games, including 12 starts, in 2009 … compiled 48 tackles (31 solo), two INTs, eight PBU, two sacks, five TFL, a pressure and a forced fumble … played in 11 games in 2008, starting eight … posted 28 tackles, nine PBU, a sack and two TFL … saw action in 13 games at defensive back and on special teams in 2007 … tied for second on the team with eight special-teams tackles … gained valuable experience as a redshirt in 2006 … an all-state and two-time all-district performer who also was an honor roll student as a prepster.