Now, farankly, I don't watch much college football, nor do I really know how to scout anybody all too well based on videotape. I do however know what areas the Jets need to improve on this offseason and obviously OLB is one such position.
Zach Brown vs Missouri 2011 (via JMPasq)
honestly had never heard of Zach Brown until this evening when I was reading an article on cbssports.com about guys who could really impress at the combine. Here's what they said about Brown.
2-Zach Brown, UNC, OLB: There will be many bigger linebackers in Indy but none faster than the Tar Heel. Brown is amazing athlete. Before arriving in Chapel Hill he had a 29-0 record as a prep wrestler with 17 pins. He also ran for over 1,500 yards as a high school senior. In his first time running the 40 as a Tar Heel, he started coaches by clocking a 4.28.
Brown has spent the past six weeks in South Florida working out with trainer Tony Villiani, who says the Tar Heel "will be bigger than people think he is. He's not going to be that small weakside linebacker. The goal is for him to be low 4.4s or under. People know about his speed but normally guys who are that fast hey may not be as agile too. People who watched him at the Senior Bowl know he's both."
Now, I'm not such a big guy when it comes to hte combine. We all know that just b/c a guy puts up impressive numbers wearing his underwear doesn't necessarily make him an excellent football player (see: Gholston, Vernon). That being said, we all know how good extremely quick OLB's can be when given the chance (see: Maybin, Aaron). Therefore, I think it may behoove the Jets to take a peek at this kid. Granted he only had 5.5 sacks but that was coming as a 4-3 OLB and not as a 3-4 OLB. I think he can still thrive as a 3-4 OLB.
Here's what walter football says about him
Brown made the case to be considered the top 4-3 outside linebacker in the nation this season. He consistently produced splash plays while also being a solid tackler. Brown had massive games against Rutgers, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Louisville. For the year, he had 105 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, four passes broken up, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Brown has rare speed and demonstrates the instincts to take advantage of his fabulous skill set and be more than just a good athlete. He has some off-the-field maturity concerns that could knock him down in the draft. Brown was suspended from playing defense against Georgia Tech and the Tar Heels really missed him. At Senior Bowl, Brown flashed at times but he wasn't consistently dominant.
He's 6'1" 236 LB's