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Louisville's leader in tackles with 98 last season, Brown has the size to be an impact player on the NFL stage. His height and weight are ideal for the inside linebacker spot, a position where he was a three-year starter for the Cardinals. Holding him back will be a lack of speed if his 4.85 40-yard dash at the NFL combine is any indication. Both in pass coverage and run defense, it is difficult to project Brown as an every-down linebacker if he is not able to keep up with the skill-position talent he will be facing on a regular basis. Because of his size, he will be able to fight off blocks and fill gaps in the line. But pursuing the ball sideline-to-sideline, or playing zone and being responsible for a wide area of the field, are not going to be the strengths of his game. What will help Brown is a high football IQ and the ability to make the defensive calls for his team, something his coaches at Louisville raved about. His skills won't be utilized in every defensive scheme, but a smart position coach and defensive coordinator can get a lot of production from him. Expect Brown to be picked in the middle-to-late rounds of the draft.