Position: Wide receiver
Weight: 218 pounds
School: Ohio State Buckeyes
Combine Performance Data
Bench press: 19 reps (second among wide receivers)
Three-cone drill: 7.07 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.33 seconds
Noah Brown 2017 NFL Draft Profile
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer continually emphasizes having a recruiting presence in the Tri-State area, an underrated hotbed of high school talent. It’s from there that the Buckeyes landed Noah Brown. The Flanders, NJ native came to Columbus as a highly touted four-star recruit, rated as the number nine athlete in the country by Rivals.com.
As a true freshman, Brown appeared in 13 games during the Buckeyes national championship run even though he didn’t figure prominently into the offense from a stats standpoint. The following year, he made major strides during preseason and figured to become a key contributor. Then he suffered a devastating broken leg the week before the season opener and missed the entire 2015 season.
A year later, Brown came into his own even if his raw numbers weren’t eye-popping. Though he finished with just 402 receiving yards, his seven touchdown grabs were tied for the best mark on the team with Curtis Samuel, himself a prospect in this year’s draft. And he averaged 12.6 yards per catch which was second among Buckeye receivers who had a minimum of 20 receptions.
Of course, his highlight reel moment came in week three against Oklahoma. He caught four touchdown passes including one which most football fans are familiar with.
- big-bodied receiver with play strength that matches his size;
- confident pass catcher who plucks the ball out of the air with soft hands;
- able to mix it up with opposing defensive backs and come down with the ball;
- can victimize defenders in soft man with cutback at top of route;
- extremely efficient finding seams in zone coverage;
- possesses a skill set that could make him a dangerous vertical threat with work;
- hard-nosed, physical blocker who isn’t afraid to lay a thumping hit in run support;
- plays with intensity and a competitive zeal coaches love.
- only figured prominently in Ohio State’s offense for a single season;
- didn’t see a particularly high volume of targets;
- change of direction in route running could have more bite;
- struggles to disengage and achieve separation in press man;
- not the most adept at timing his jump when high pointing balls;
- bit of a durability concern after missing an entire season due to a major leg injury.
NFL Comparison: Quincy Enunwa
Teams With Need at Position: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
Projection: seventh round
Brown certainly has the feel of an unfinished product given his lone year of consistent production in Columbus. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if he puts in the work and develops the elements of his game that need polishing. Nevertheless, he remains a late round project who will likely start his career as a depth piece. In time, he can grow into a more prominent contributor if his ability to run crisper routes improves and he further hones his craft as a possession receiver.