|Charles Brown Scouting Report
|Charles Brown - North Carolina (HT: 5-9 - WT: 202)
Positives -- A former high school running back and wide receiver, well put together athlete... Fluid hip action, able to plant and get to his spot... Changes direction well with plays in front of him... Is best suited for a zone scheme, but has also shown flashes in man coverage... Physical corner, can
control wide receivers with his jam at the line of scrimmage... Does a nice job in run support, plays with a lot of physicality; good tackler from the secondary and can deliver some big hits... Plays with a lot of confidence... Experienced in the return game, has the ability to return kicks and punts and make people miss... Despite the 2010 suspension, is by all accounts a good teammate and locker room guy, was the leader of an inexperienced Tar Heels secondary last season... An underrated collegiate player who unfortunately doesn't have the skillset to stand out at the next level.
Negatives -- Undersized and lacks the foot speed to be a quality NFL corner... Lack of quality footwork creates issues for him, a big reason for his man coverage struggles, his technique needs to be refined... Big plays against are far too frequent, fails to prevent them on a consistent basis... Can cover in man, but longer routes are where he struggles... Needs everything close to him to be successful, can make some plays in short areas... Faster wide receivers can beat him deep consistently... Plays too far off in coverage, lets receivers get too much separation and struggles to close on plays... His ball skills and awareness are below average, has some issues making consistent plays on the ball when it is in the air... He'll get overaggressive and get off balance, his aggressiveness can get him in trouble in coverage, needs to play more under control... Would have to improve significantly to play on the outside in the NFL... Missed the entire 2010 season due to being a part of the North Carolina scandal that involved players receiving benefits, also missed some time in 2008 with an ankle injury.
At North Carolina -- (Official School Bio) 2009: Played well in his first year as the starter at cornerback... Started all 13 games... Finished the season second on the team with 66 tackles... Ranked fifth in the ACC in passes defended with nine breakups and three interceptions... Led the team with nine PBUs... Broke up a pass and posted five tackles, including one for a loss, in the Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Pittsburgh... Recorded four tackles and broke up a pass at NC State... Had two tackles in the win over Boston College... Led the team with eight tackles and broke up a pass in Carolina's win over No. 12 Miami... Recorded his third interception of the season vs. Duke and returned it 54 yards to set up a Carolina field goal... The interception came after UNC had turned the ball over in its own territory... Added four tackles and broke up a pass vs. the Blue Devils in a 19-6 win... Forced a fumble, broke up a pass and added six tackles in the win at Virginia Tech... Had four tackles vs. Florida State... Credited with two tackles and one pass breakup vs. Georgia Southern... Posted a team-high eight stops vs. Virginia, including a 2-yard tackle for loss... Registered four tackles at Georgia Tech... Posted a team-high nine tackles, broke up two passes and had a fumble recovery in a win over East Carolina... Had an outstanding game at Connecticut with an interception, a fumble caused and recovered, one pass breakup and five tackles... Posted five tackles, including a tackle for loss, and picked off a pass in the end zone in the season opener vs. The Citadel. 2008: Carolina's starting nickel defensive back... Played in 10 games, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl.