Re-signing Stephen Tulloch decreases linebacker on the list of the Lions’ team needs but history tells us that any position is in play if the value is right.
Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
Weight: 244 lbs
Arm Length: 33-1/4″
40-yard Dash: 4.50 sec
Vertical Jump: 33.5″
Broad Jump: 116″
Watch his combine workout here
Zach Brown is an intriguing linebacker prospect in that while he is regarded as one of the best linebackers in this draft class, his physical gifts outshine his on-field production.
NFL Mocks breaks down Brown’s pros and cons this way in their scouting report:
PROS: Speed, speed, and more speed. Increased bulk in 2011 noticeably….good tackler…instinctive…versatile…effective as a blitzing LB…very good in coverage. Production in the run game is improving (1.5 tackles for loss in 2010, through October 2nd 2011, he already has 4 Tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks)…makes plays, a lot, in the passing game…has been durable so far…
CONS: tends to over-run plays..may rely too much on athleticism…on the lighter side…doesn’t have terrific instincts, is not interviewing well and not receiving glowing recommendations from his coaches which is a concern.
It’s possible that Brown comes off the board in round one, he was the Lions pick at 23 in Mel Kiper’s first 2012 mock draft, but current prospect rankings across a variety of sites peg him as more of a second round guy. The National Football Post’s Wes Bunting highlighted Brown as one of his top potential second round values.
The Lions have become very thorough in their draft process and part of that process with Zach Brown involved interviewing him at the Senior Bowl. He fits their mold of versatile defensive players and could be a strong option if the Lions liked what they heard from him in their interview and is still available when they pick in the second round.