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Brown was a better athlete than cornerback for most of his first two seasons at Texas. A high school star primarily as a wide receiver, he showed the desire and physicality to play defense. But not until he knocked away a potential touchdown from Oklahoma State star receiver Dez Bryant in the final moments of Texas' 2008 win over the Cowboys did scouts believe he would be a shutdown-type cornerback.
He began his career as a special teams ace, making nine of his 14 tackles covering returns as a true freshman. Brown started four of the team's last six games (played in all 13 games) in 2008, getting credit for 27 tackles (nine more special teams stops) and an impressive nine pass breakups. He started all 14 games as a junior, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from league coaches with 53 tackles (15 special teams tackles), an interception for a score, 15 pass breakups, forced fumble and a blocked punt. He had 26 tackles, one for loss, one interception and six pass breakups in 10 games in 2010 and was named second-team all-conference.
Brown's elite speed, ability to mirror receivers on the outside and proven special teams acumen have made him a lot of fans among NFL coaches and scouts. The importance of finding athletes of his caliber for the cornerback position should put Brown in the top third of many draft boards come April.
Read & React: Has excellent speed and quickness to close on plays in front of him. Former wide receiver senses double moves and stays with his man down the sideline. Uses his straight-line speed to reach plays away from him to help pull down ballcarriers downfield. Can be slow to read receivers' eyes, but usually recovers to make a tackle or get a hand on the ball.
Man Coverage: Typically played man, up on the line and also well off to prevent big plays. Has lateral and straight-line quickness and is able to run with any receiver down the field or over the middle. Mirrors routes very well, can stop and start as well as any corner in the country. He has receiver-like hands on interceptions, excellent hand-eye coordination and body control to knock away passes in front of the receiver without drawing a flag. High-points jump balls using good position, height and vertical leap. Athletic enough to recover when he's a step late recognizing a pass coming in his direction. Must stay in his backpedal longer, gets high too quickly out of his stance, flips his hips early, and stays on the balls of his feet -- all of which will allow NFL receivers to get open on quick cuts and inside slants.
Zone Coverage: Though potentially better in man, has a chance to play in an NFL zone system. Fluid enough to get into his zone quickly, keeps his head on a swivel to see receivers in his area. Good closing speed to balls in front or to the side of him, able to get to the ball before receiver secures the ball. Capable tackler on plays in front of him to prevent yards after the catch.
Closing/Recovery: Closes with a burst but plays under control, whether attacking receivers in front of him or on the blitz. Good recovery speed to get back to receiver if he is beat initially inside or down the sideline. Times jumps well to knock away high passes or get in front of the receiver without interfering.
Run Support: Not the most physical cornerback, but is aggressive to the ball against the run and bubble screens. Very effective cut tackler to knock down backs coming in his area. Gets to the ballcarrier's outside shoulder to force plays to the linebackers and safeties inside. His slight frame allows larger, aggressive receivers to push him around on the edge despite his willingness mix it up. Works to get through those blocks, sometimes getting to the ballcarrier despite being held up initially.
Tackling: Likes to throw his body into the play but lacks strength and is very inconsistent in his fundamentals. Makes open-field tackles against receivers and as a gunner on special teams units. Closes quickly, mirroring lateral movement, and breaking down to get a hand on elusive ballcarriers. Capable of planting receivers when staying square and moving his feet through the ball. Will chase plays on his side of the field. Throws a shoulder into running backs when supporting the run near the line, but fails to consistently keep his head up and wrap, allowing them to bounce off to extend the play. Larger receivers and quarterbacks can shed his tackle attempts when he does not stay square and low.
Intangibles: Returned 13 punts for 194 yards in 2010, though he had some concentration issues. Very quiet as a high school recruit -- head coach Mack Brown thought he lacked confidence and suggested it might be best if he did not come to Austin -- but he has come out of his shell over time. Grew up with his grandmother because of an unstable home environment. Father, Aundray Taylor, played football as a freshman at Oklahoma State and his uncle, Hosea Taylor played defensive end for the University of Houston and was an eighth-round pick of the Baltimore Colts in 1981. Missed time with a strained neck in 2010.
Four-year cornerback who appeared in 52 games, including 28 starts in the last 52 games ... with the exception of PAT and FG, has played on every special team during his career ... a member of the 2010 Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award preseason watch lists ... second-team All-Big 12 in 2010 ... compiled 120 tackles (86 solo), two INT, including one he returned 77 yards for a TD, 32 PBU, three TFL, one forced fumble and one blocked punt during his career ... had 35 career special-teams tackles ... returned 14 punts for 199 yards (14.2 ypr) ... played in all 12 games, starting 10, as a senior in 2010 ... recorded 26 tackles, one INT, seven PBU and one TFL ... started all 14 games at defensive back in 2009 ... named honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly ... an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection ... posted 53 tackles (34 solo), 15 PBU, an INT, two TFL, a forced fumble and a blocked punt ... also led the team in special-teams tackles with 15 ... played in all 13 games in 2008, starting four ... notched 27 tackles, nine PBU and two pressures ... tied for the team lead in special-teams tackles with nine ... played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2007 ... led the team with nine special-teams tackles ... graduated early and enrolled at UT in January '07 to take part in spring drills ... former two-way prep star (WR/CB).
Appeared in 12 games at defensive back and on special teams, including 10 starts at cornerback ... a member of the 2010 Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award preseason watch lists ... second-team All-Big 12 by the league's coaches in 2010 ... helped UT rank sixth in total defense in the nation (300.2 ypg) and sixth in passing defense (161.6 ypg) ... registered 26 tackles (17 solo), one INT, which he returned for 74 yards, one TFL and seven PBU on the season ... returned 13 punts for 194 yards (14.9 ypr) on the season ... earned the coaching staff's Ball Hawk Award on one occasion ... recorded four tackles (all solo) at Rice ... notched two tackles, one TFL and one PBU versus Wyoming ... also returned two punts for 35 yards, including a 32-yard return, against the Cowboys ... shared team's Ball Hawk Award for his effort against Wyoming ... returned an INT 74 yards to set up a go-ahead field goal at Texas Tech ... ... also logged two tackles and two PBU against the Red Raiders and earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors ... logged two tackles versus UCLA ... recorded three tackles and one PBU against No. 8 Oklahoma ... tallied one tackle and returned two punts for 35 yards at No. 5/4 Nebraska ... recorded one tackle and one PBU and returned two punts for 48 yards, including a season-long 40-yard return, versus Iowa State ... registered one pass and one PBU and returned two punts for 24 yards against No. 25/24 Baylor ... tallied two tackles at Kansas State ... notched four tackles (three solo) against No. 12/11 Oklahoma State ... posted four tackles and one PBU against No. 17/18 Texas A&M.
Started 14 games at defensive back ... named honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly ... tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 by The Associated Press and league's coaches ... helped UT rank 12th nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), third in total defense (251.9 ypg), first in rushing defense (72.4 ypg), 10th in pass efficiency defense (100.5 rating) and 19th in pass defense (179.6 ypg) ... UT also ranked first nationally in INTs (25) and tied for first in forced turnovers (37) ... posted 53 tackles (34 solo), an INT, which he returned for a TD, two TFL, a forced fumble and a blocked punt ... ranked second on the team with 15 PBU ... led the team with 15 special-teams tackles ... notched five tackles and a PBU against ULM ... registered a career-high three PBU and three tackles at Wyoming ... notched nine tackles and two PBU versus Texas Tech.
Posted four tackles and a PBU against UTEP ... added two tackles versus Colorado ... registered four tackles, three PBU and a forced fumble against No. 20 Oklahoma ... blocked a punt that was recovered for a TD and registered a TFL at Missouri ... returned an INT 77 yards for a TD and recorded three tackles and two PBU at Oklahoma State ... posted two tackles, a TFL and two PBU versus UCF ... recorded four tackles at Baylor ... notched three tackles versus Kansas ... registered a career-high 11 tackles and a pressure at Texas A&M ... tallied a tackle and a PBU in the Big 12 Championship game versus No. 21 Nebraska ... added a tackle in the BCS Championship game against No. 1 Alabama.
Appeared in all 13 games, starting four of the final six games ... helped UT rank first in the Big 12 in scoring defense (18.8 ppg/18th NCAA), total defense (342.9 ypg), rushing defense (83.5 ypg/third NCAA) and second in pass efficiency defense (124.2 rating) ... recorded 27 tackles (24 solo), nine PBU and two pressures ... tied for second on the team with nine special-teams tackles ... notched two tackles and a PBU versus FAU ... recorded a tackle at UTEP ... posted four tackles, a PBU and a pressure against Arkansas ... tallied a tackle at Colorado ... notched three tackles versus No. 1 Oklahoma ... compiled three tackles against No. 11 Missouri ... earned his first career start against No. 6 Oklahoma State and posted three tackles and two PBU ... recorded two tackles and a PBU at No. 7 Texas tech ... tallied two PBU and a pressure versus Baylor ... posted six tackles at Kansas ... recorded a tackle and two PBU versus Texas A&M ... notched a solo tackle in the Fiesta Bowl against No. 10 Ohio State.
Appeared in all 13 games at defensive back and on special teams ... tallied 14 tackles, a PBU and a sky-kick recovery ... also led the team with nine special-teams tackles ... posted a season-high five tackles and a PBU against Rice ... tallied three tackles at Iowa State ... added a tackle and a sky-kick fumble recovery that led to a TD against Texas Tech ... also notched single-tackle games against Arkansas State, No. 19 TCU, UCF, Texas A&M and Arizona State (Holiday Bowl).
Prep All-American and two-time all-state selection who played wide receiver and cornerback played in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl was a member of ESPNs top 150 national prospects a first-team member of Dave Campbells Super Team finished his career with 119 receptions for 2,183 yards (18.3 ypc) and 25 TDs added 1,022 yards rushing on 78 carries (13.1 ypc) and 10 TDs averaged 16.3 yards per touch as a prepster also recorded 76 tackles, 23 PBU and five INTs while on defense started as a receiver as a senior and a junior and at cornerback as a sophomore earned first-team 3A all-state honors by The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior made 40 receptions for 970 yards and 14 TDs while recording 16 carries for 168 yards and one TD also recorded 15 tackles.
Named district 15-3A MVP as a junior had 63 receptions for 974 yards and 10 TDs while recording 47 carries for 750 yards and eight TDs also recorded 15 tackles and five PBU on defense started at cornerback for the 2004 3A State Championship team as a sophomore recorded three tackles and three PBU in the championship game was named District Newcomer of the Year notched 46 tackles, 18 PBU and five INTs to go along with 16 receptions for 239 yards and a TD and 15 carries for 104 yards and a TD played four basketball games as a junior and averaged 25 points per game ran a 10.6 in the 100m dash as a junior while also competing in the long jump helped victims of Hurricane Katrina with his church.
Enjoys drawing and rapping father, Aundray Taylor, played football as a freshman at Oklahoma State uncle, Hosea Taylor, was a defensive end for the Baltimore Colts in 1981 and 83 played at the University of Houston from 1977-80 full name is Curtis Jamaal Brown born 9/24/88 in Longview, Texas.
Draft Scout Player News
11/26/13 - The Steelers placed cornerback Curtis Brown on injured reserve with a torn ACL.
11/25/13 - CB Curtis Brown (knee) is done for the season with a torn ACL.
09/17/13 - CB Curtis Brown (sick) will practice Wednesday.
08/13/13 - CB Curtis Brown (ankle) did not play Saturday but his injury is not considered serious.
12/28/12 - CB Curtis Brown has not practiced this week and likely will not play on Sunday because of an ankle injury.