When you talk Texas defense look no farther than the cornerback Curtis Brown. Brown at 6 ft 180 LBs is great prospect at corner. After a stellar Combine he has made his case as a solid 2nd round pick and showed some very good athletic abillity. Curtis showed in texas his 1st couple of seasons he was a great athlete but had yet to prove he could play cornerback. Brown stepped up and proved to the coaches against Dez Bryant that he had the tools to be a top corner in the nation. He was a special teams ace covering returns as a freshman made 9 of his 14 tackles on special teams. Brown played all 14 games his junior season and earned honorable mentions from all the coaches for All Big 12 honors. Brown recorded 53 tackles ( 15 on special teams) a interception for a score, 15 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble and blocked a punt. 2010 season he racked up 26 tackles one for a loss, 1 interception, 6 pass breakups in 10 games. Curtis Brown posses elite speed and the abillity to mirror recivers. His athletic abillity and special teams additions ontop of what he brings to the cornerback position should have him high on many NFL teams draft boards.
Brown has great tools to play corner in the NFL and as a former reciver understands the game from the opposite side. Has elite speed and quickness to close in on plays in front of him. Brown at times can be slow to react to a reciver but can recover quickly and still make the tackle or get a hand on the ball. Curtis has alot of experince in man coverage and has the soft hands of a reciver increasing his chances of an interception. Posseses gret body control and hand eye coordination. Brown can get a nice vertical leap to help him make a play on the ball. While it is not one of his strengths Curtis has enough fluid movement in his hips he should be able to adjust to play zone coverage as well. His great closing speed and abillity to prevent YAC will help him adapt while he transitions to the NFL. Curtis Browns great timing allows him to make his jumps and knock passes down with causing interference.
Not the most physical corner his slight frame allows larger recivers to push him around at times but he isn't afraid to push back either. May get caught up in blocks at times but will still try to work his way through those blocks to get to the ball carrier. Brown likes to throw his weight into his tackles but needs to work on his fundementals at times he fails to keep his head up and wrap his tackles. When he does not stay low and square off larger recivers and QBs will shed off his tackles.When recruited to Texas Mac Brown thought he lacked confidence and suggested maybe Texas wasn't right for him. Brown over came those problems early on and should not be a concern any longer.
Curtis Brown is a fantastic corner prospect and could thrive in Detroits man to man defense. With Gunther and Schwartz coaching I think most of his negatives are easily fixable. Browns special teams abilltys as a gunner and cover man would be a tremendous asset with Folletts career in question. If we have any shot at drafting Brown who is projected in round 2 I think it would be a steal. Curtis Brown has the tools to develop into one of the best DBs in the 2011 draft. Once he gets his tackling coached up by are guys he would be a great asset in run coverage and pass coverage. His combine was spectacular and should help his draft status but if Smith remains in the second round like many suspect and even Harris goes in the second we could be sitting in the perfect spot to take Brown. I feel Curtis Brown could be a perfect fot for the Lions. I think we should give are money to a man named Curtis Brown.