Journey Brown – RB – Penn State
Pros: Brown’s play speed matches his track speed (former track star in high school & ran a sub 4.3 40 Yard dash), which is why defenders never caught him from behind. His best skill is his burst and acceleration once he sees a rushing lane. Has a really nice one cut/juke move to evade defenders and get his wheels turning. He’s able to make the first man miss behind the line of scrimmage, almost like a jitterbug. Has the ability to break tackles with a vicious stiff arm and play strength. He’s an adequate pass blocker as he often checks the edge rusher or a blitzing corner.
Cons: Don’t expect him to be the guy to convert on short yardage plays as he doesn’t have the pure strength necessary. This is a frustrating part of his game because he has all the traits of a workhorse running back but then gets brought down right at the goal line. His receiving ability is pretty much hit or miss as Penn State doesn’t deploy him out wide or send him on complex routes.
Overview: Journey Brown is at his best during “trap runs” or “zone runs” where he has a lane constructed for himself and just has to slip by defenders or make one man miss. He’s got the speed, agility, and effort to succeed in the NFL, but my biggest question is how will he handle stronger defenders when they meet him at the line of scrimmage. Has excellent burst and acceleration, and has the agility to make men miss in the NFL.