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Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 7/251 -- Stevie Brown, S, 6-0, 211, Michigan, An outside linebacker for the Wolverines, Brown will try to make the Raiders as a safety. - by The Sports Xchange
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Despite all of the problems with the Wolverines program the last few years, Brown was like a beacon of light. Most elite prospects are more concerned about their potential draft stock, but Brown was the consummate team player, offering to assist the new coaching staff any way he could. They took him up on that offer and made him an undersized strong-side outside linebacker in his final season.
A move like that prevented NFL teams from seeing his development as a defensive back, but Brown was more concerned about the future of his team and gladly embraced the move during yet another rebuilding campaign. Like the child's tale of the "Little Train," Brown proved to be more than up to the task. He not only led the team in tackles (80), but also finished second on the team with eight stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2009.
Brown has always been that model of consistency, dating back to his days at Columbus East High School, where he became the first four-year starter under head coach Bob Gaddis. He earned first-team all-state honors as a senior and was a member of the Indiana Football Coaches' Association Top 50 squad.
He was named all-state by the Indiana Coaches Association as well as the Associated Press during his junior campaign. Brown was rated a four-star prospect and the nation's seventh-best safety and the second-best player in the state of Indiana according to Rivals.com. He was tabbed as the ninth-best defensive back in the country by Prep Star and was rated 10th among the prep cornerbacks by Scout.com.
An ankle injury limited Brown to three games in 2005, but he still rushed 43 times for 199 yards and scored four touchdowns, adding six catches for 125 yards and three scores as a senior. He gained 1,700 all-purpose yards as a junior and scored 17 times while recording 30 solo tackles and three interceptions in 2004. After his final year, he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Brown also competed in track. He participated in the 100 meters, 200 meters and the 4x100-meter relay. He qualified for the state finals as a sophomore in the 200 meters and finished seventh in the state in the 100-meter dash as a junior.
Upon his arrival at Michigan, Brown was mostly relegated to special teams as a true freshman. He did see brief action as a reserve strong safety in four games, finishing with fourteen tackles (9 solos) in 2006.
He switched jerseys from No. 30 to No. 3 prior to the 2007 season, as he backed up Brandent Englemon at free safety, earning a starting assignment vs. Appalachian State in the season opener. He posted 28 tackles with an interception and recovered a pair of fumbles.
Brown took over free safety chores as a junior, finishing fourth on the team with 64 tackles (40 solos). He recovered one fumble and caused two others. He also broke up three passes and gained 59 yards on a pair of interception returns.
As a senior, Brown was elected team captain. He took over strong-side linebacker duties, as the 210-pounder registered a career-best 80 tackles (45 solos) with eight stops for loss. He had one interception and broke up three passes while also causing one fumble.
Positives: Has a well-built frame with room to carry at least another 10 pounds of additional bulk...Shows good overall muscle development with thick thighs and calves, large hands, tight waist and hips and minimal body fat...Has very good field vision, quickly locating the ball when working through trash in the box...Has enough speed and fluid hip snap to run and trail the receivers in the short area...Uses his hands effectively to jam and reroute tight ends and slot backs underneath...Maintains balance and body control coming out of his backpedal, showing no wasted steps in transition...Has a good feel for plays developing in zone coverage, doing a nice job of handling the switch-off...Gets in and out of his breaks smoothly, taking proper angles to get to the ball when working in space...Shows good acceleration working downhill and has the short area burst needed to close coming from the back side...Has very good leaping ability, timing his jumps to compete for the ball at its high point...Has natural hands for the interception, showing good field vision to slip past traffic and gain yardage after the pick-off...Better when playing in the zone than in man coverage, as he quickly breaks down and diagnoses plays in front of him...Very physical tackler who uses his hands well to keep blockers away from his body...Wrap-up type of tackler who stays low in his pads and shows above average lateral range to make plays in pursuit...Plays with good leverage and makes proper body adjustments to avoid contact working at the line of scrimmage.
Negatives: Does not have the second gear you'd like to play in man coverage, but compensates by taking good angles to the ball...Aggressive tackler in run force, but can be washed out of the play by the larger offensive linemen if he gets caught up in trash (could use to add more bulk to prevent blockers from sustaining him)...Better working in the zone than in one-on-one situations, as he needs to build to top speed in order to cover on deep routes...Lacks an effective closing burst and struggles to get back into the action when he out-runs the ball.
Compares To: ATARI BIGBY-Green Bay...Brown is a physical tackler, showing good inside-the-box power for a 212-poundfer. He has the quickness and backpedal skills to handle receivers in man coverage and shows impressive ball-hawking skills as a pass thief. The year at linebacker might have been beneficial, as he demonstrated he has no problem coming up to support vs. the run and displayed a good burst coming off the edge as a blitzer.
Brown played in 50 consecutive games, starting 25 contests - 13 at free safety and 12 at strong-side outside linebacker...Recorded 186 tackles (105 solos) on defense and added 31 more hits on the kick coverage units...Had two sacks for minus 25 yards, 9.5 stops for losses totaling 46 yards and one quarterback pressure...Recovered three fumbles, as he advanced one 7 yards and had four forced fumbles...Deflected eight passes and gained 103 yards on four interception returns.
Elected team captain, Brown was the recipient of the Roger Zatkoff Award as Michigan's top line-backer...Started all 12 games at strong-side outside linebacker, in addition to contributing on special teams in every game...Led the team with a career-high 80 tackles (45 solos) that included an 8-yard sack, eight stops for losses of 29 yards and a quarterback pressure...Caused one fumble, deflected three passes and intercepted another for an 18-yard return.
Brown started all 12 games at free safety, placing fourth on the team with 64 tackles (40 solos) that included a 17-yard sack...Returned a fumble recovery seven yards and caused two fumbles...Gained 59 yards on a pair of interception returns and broke up three passes...Finished third on the team with eight special team tackles.
Played in 13 games, starting vs. Appalachian State at free safety before spending the rest of the schedule backing up Brandent Englemon...Recorded 28 tackles (11 solos) with two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, two pass deflections and a 26-yard interception return...Led the team with 11 special teams tackles.
Played in all 13 games on special teams and appeared as a reserve safety in four of those contests...Recorded 14 tackles (9 solos)...Switched from jersey No. 30 to No. 3 after the season.
2005: A high ankle sprain limited Brown to three games during his high school senior season.
Combine: Not invited.
Campus: 4.51 in the 40-yard dash...1.51 10-yard dash...2.62 20-yard dash...4.33 20-yard shuttle...6.92 three-cone drill...34.5-inch vertical jump...10'2" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times...32 3/8-inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands.
Attended Columbus (Ind.) East High School playing football for head coach Bob Gaddis... Earned first-team all-state honors as a senior and was a member of the Indiana Football Coaches' Association Top 50 squad...Named all-state by the Indiana Coaches Association as well as the Associated Press during his junior campaign...Rated a four-star prospect and the nation's seventh-best safety and the second-best player in the state of Indiana according to Rivals.com...Tabbed as the ninth-best defensive back in the country by Prep Star and was rated tenth among the prep cornerbacks by Scout.com...An ankle injury limited Brown to three games in 2005, but he still rushed 43 times for 199 yards and scored four touchdowns, adding six catches for 125 yards and three scores as a senior... Gained 1,700 all-purpose yards as a junior and scored 17 times while recording 30 solo tackles and three interceptions in 2004...After his final year, he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...Also competed in track...Participated in the 100 meters, 200 meters and the 4x100-meter relay...Qualified for the state finals as a sophomore in the 200 meters and finished seventh in the state in the 100-meter dash as a junior.
Criminal Justice major...Born Stevie Christopher Brown on 7/17/87 in Dallas... Resides in Columbus, Ind.
Draft Scout Player News
03/05/15 - S Stevie Brown, unrestricted FA update, had an up-and-down season, his first back from ACL surgery. While he finished strong, he lacked the same ball hawking skills and speed that helped him lead the Giants in interceptions with eight in 2012. Look for the Giants to try to upgrade the safety depth overall.
12/29/14 - S Stevie Brown suffered a sprained foot, the severity of which was not known.
10/16/14 - S Stevie Brown, who lost his starting free safety job after Week 2 to Quintin Demps, said he has been taking reps at the nickel cornerback spot this week in practice. Brown declined to comment when asked if he would be the team's nickel back this weekend.
09/15/14 - S Stevie Brown led the Giants in interceptions two years ago with eight. However, that was before he suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Since his return, head coach Tom Coughlin said that Brown is still trying to work his way back to being the ball hawk he was prior to that injury.
05/29/14 - S Stevie Brown has been rotating with Will Hill with the first team defense.
Hill is currently waiting to hear back from the league regarding his appeal of his third suspension in as many years, and his second straight one for violating the substance abuse policy.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said that the team did not have a time frame as to when it might learn of Hill's fate.
Brown, meanwhile, is working his way back from ACL surgery last summer.
"The way I was feeling toward the end, the rehab process, I was feeling pretty good so I came out here limited in mind but just keep on going, and it really hasn't been bothering me," Brown said.
Physically, Brown said he doesn't have any limitations, but noted that he's not about to overdo it lest he create a setback for himself.
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