Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Anthony McClung (6) is tackled by Louisville Cardinals linebacker Preston Brown (2). Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft profile - Preston Brown

2014 NFL Draft

Name:  Preston Brown

School:  Louisville

Position:   Inside linebacker

Height:  6-1

Weight:   251

Age:  21

Positives:  Preston Brown brings a violent tenacity to playing inside linebacker.  He has great size and is an extremely physical player, who can deliver a powerful blow on ball carriers to create turnovers.  He’s very good fundamentally and has good anticipation on filling the gaps on running plays.  And at 251 pounds, Brown has the size be a factor as a blitzer as well.

Negatives:  Brown has OK speed but is not a true sideline to sideline player.  At times he has trouble shedding blocks from offensive linemen and can be driven down field away from the play.

Impact on the Redskins:  Preston Brown would more than likely start out as backup for the Redskins, as it would probably take him some time to get adjusted to the NFL game.  However, in between that time I see him as being a very good player on special teams, and someone who could develop into a starting caliber player down the road.  Sort of how Perry Riley did for the Redskins.

Where the Redskins could pick him:  The Redskins could more than likely find Preston Brown on the board at the top of the fourth round, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be there.  If the Redskins had a greater need at inside linebacker I could see them taking Brown in the third round, but unless they traded down it would be somewhat of a reach.

Teams interested:    Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals

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