Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 8/24/08: #6 OLB, #63/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 3
2008: Unanimous All-Big East Conference first-team choice...Named the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player...Started all thirteen games at right defensive end, recording a career-high 56 tackles (33 solos)...Led the team and ranked second in the conference with eleven sacks for minus 62 yards, the third-best season total in school history...Paced the Huskies and finished second in the league with 16.5 tackles for losses totaling 72 yards, tying his 2007 mark for sixth place on the school annual record books...Tied the school season record and ranked tied for eighth nationally with five forced fumbles...Blocked a punt and recovered one fumble, as he also deflected eight passes...Helped the team rank sixth in the nation and lead the Big East in total defense, allowing only 278.0 yards per game...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 35 Sol-50 TT, 16.5 TFL, 7.5 SK, 3 PBU; Started all 13 games at defensive end…Led all defensive linemen with 50 tackles on the year, 35 of them solo, and led for the team lead with 16.5 tackles for loss…Was second on the team with 7.5 sacks while also breaking up three passes and recovering a fumble…Tied for fifth in the BIG EAST with his 16.5 TFLs and ranked ninth with the 7.5 sacks…Recorded three TFLs, including a sack, in the Meineke Car Care Bowl (Dec. 29)...2006: 6 GP; 6 GS; 8 Sol-24 TT, 7.5 TFL, 4.5 SK; Started each of the first six games at defensive end before breaking his arm against Army (Oct. 14) and missing the rest of the season…Recorded 24 tackles, including 7.5 TFLs and 4.5 sacks in those six games...2005: 10 GP; 1 GS; 10 Sol-20 TT, 5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 PBU, 1 FF; Played in 10 games with one start (at Cincinnati on Oct. 15), missing only the season finale against Louisville (Dec. 3)…Became the first true freshman to start a game on either the offensive or defensive lines during UConn's Division I-A era…Led all true freshmen with 20 tackles (10 solo), including five tackles for loss and one sack…Also broke up two passes and forced a fumble.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 2/63 -- Cody Brown, OLB, 6-2, 244, Connecticut...Brown played defensive end in college, but he'll move to outside linebacker in the 3-4. He'll have a lot to learn and the Cardinals don't expect him to contend for a starting spot as a rookie. They are hoping, however, he can be a spot pass rusher this season and then develop into a starter for years to come. - by The Sports Xchange