Tuesday, March 31, 2015

UConn RB prospect Brown impresses

Last week over at Eagletarian, Paul Domowitch wrote that he, NFL Network's Mike Mayock and Ron Jaworski all felt that Georgia's Knowshon Moreno and Connecticut's Donald Brown were the best fits for the Birds among the top running back prospects.

UConn RB prospect Brown impresses

Last week over at Eagletarian, Paul Domowitch wrote that he, NFL Network's Mike Mayock and Ron Jaworski all felt that Georgia's Knowshon Moreno and Connecticut's Donald Brown were the best fits for the Birds among the top running back prospects.

Brown participated in UConn's Pro Day last week, looking to show scouts his abilities as a receiver. He also benched 225 pounds 17 times, a workout he didn't participate in during the combine because of a reported banged-up shoulder.

"He looked great, very quick feet, and he caught the ball -- which is very important for Donald Brown -- extremely well," said NFL Network's Mike Mayock who was in attendance to see the workout.

Mayock has Brown second on his list of running backs.

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Meanwhile, NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said Brown's name deserves to be mentioned in any discussion involving this year's top running back prospects.

"What I took away from talking with different teams was his ability to handle carries, eat carries and grind down defenses," Davis said. "A lot of teams that played against him felt like they were holding him down, and then by the end of the game, he had absolutely shredded them. His work ethic, second to none. This guy is a flat-out player, pushing Knowshon Moreno hard for the running back spot, either top or No. 2."

Mayock interviewed Brown and asked him how he felt he performed as a blocker.

"It's definitely progressed over the years," Brown said. "And I had it down pat this year so it's something I'm comfortable with."

And are the Eagles showing any interest in him?

"There's been a dozen teams showing interest right now," Brown told Mayock. "I have visits set up to San Diego, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, the Jets, so we're hearing from a lot of different organizations right now."

WIP's Howard Eskin interviewed Brown last week and asked him about the possibility of playing in Philadelphia.

"You never know. There's a great chance that that could happen," Brown said. " ... There's been talk with the Eagles. I'm actually supposed to visit the Eagles in the beginning of April for a visit so we'll see what happens."

Brown is from Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

"That'd be great. Being close to home," he said. "My parents and family and friends would be able to come to the majority of my games so that'd be great."

Brown said he believes his visit with the Birds is on April 7.

"When you go to the team visits, it's strictly nothing physical. It's just more interviews and talking more football," he said.

So what do you think? Would Brown be a good fit?

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