2021 NFL Draft Profile: Spencer Brown

Spencer Brown NFL Draft Overview

Position: Offensive tackle
Height: 6′-8 ½”
Weight: 314-pounds
Arms: 34”
Hands: 10 ⅜”
School: Northern Iowa

Pro Day Performance Data

40-yard dash: 4.88
Vertical: 30 ½”
Three-cone: 7.03
Bench press: 29 reps

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2021 NFL Draft Player Profile: Spencer Brown

Brown played his high school football for Lenox High School in Iowa where he was, impressively, a five sport athlete before choosing football to be his future. Additionally, while at Lenox, Brown earned himself first-team all-state honors as a 2015 senior after leading his team to a district championship that same year. Furthermore, Brown earned first-team all-district selections on both offense and defense in 2015 with 24 receptions for 388 yards and seven touchdowns along with 67 tackles, 17 sacks, and four fumble recoveries. Brown also earned himself first-team all-conference in both basketball and baseball in high school. Brown would go on to redshirt his 2016 season with Northern Iowa before starting and anchoring UNI’s line in five games in 2017 before suffering a season-ending injury. In 2018, Brown played in all 13 games for UNI where he again was an anchor for their line. In 2019, Brown played in all 15 games, looking terrific before deciding to opt-out of the 2020 season.    

Strengths

  • Tremendous size and frame which is filled out with lean, athletic muscle that can bench press 500 pounds;
  • Despite his already massive size, his frame could easily add more functional, healthy weight;
  • Natural athlete with eye-opening fluidness in his footwork and hips which allow him to excel greatly in pass protection coupled with his length and wide base;
  • Team first player with a high motor who seeks out contact, finishes blocks, and is starved for pancaking defenders;
  • His background in multiple different sports makes for tremendous balance, footwork, awareness, and hand technique;
  • Brown is very coordinated with his body which allows him to make on the fly adjustments and recoveries where others would get beat.

Weaknesses

  • Has battled injuries much of his athletic career which date back to his high school days;
  • Has not played football in a year;
  • Defenders can get underneath his pads at times given his height;
  • Some small technical positioning in pass protection could use polishing. 

NFL Comparison: Nate Solder 

Teams With Need at Position: Washington Football Team, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears

Projection: Late First to Second Round 

Bottom Line on Spencer Brown

Like Solder, Brown also has a long, athletic frame with solid intangibles and production from a small school. Brown’s athleticism and size cannot go understated given his position and ability to drop back into pass protection. His quick feet and long arms will have offensive coordinators salivating to add a tad more weight to his frame so that he can dominate in an NFL run scheme. Brown already brings energy, willingness, and a love for contact which cannot be taught and is needed in order to succeed as an elite NFL lineman. After not playing last season, Brown will need some time to adjust to NFL caliber speed, but he is a very intriguing prospect for not only teams in need of a starting tackle, but teams who may want to add depth behind an aging veteran. The only real question with Brown is his somewhat concerning injury history which dates back to his high school days. Brown has suffered multiple serious injuries which have prematurely ended a couple of his seasons and, as we know, the NFL is not forgiving with injury prone players.

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