RB – #4 West Virginia
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia, PA)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8746)
Phil Steele: PS#31
Leddie Brown Scouting Report
Limited in speed – very loose and open running form. Looks awkward and uses a lot of extra energy. Average change of direction. Because of his lack of acceleration, he struggles to be an effective cutter. Good, strong body control. Has some decent run power to break tackles and gain extra yardage. Good brute strength. Has a tendency to bust through tackles.
Doesn’t accelerate well. Struggles because of his awkward form. Takes several steps to get moving. Decent explosiveness. Will create lanes with his burst. Hits the hole with intensity. Has excellent field vision between the tackles. Sometimes too patient. Waits for blocks in space when he needs to dart forward and gain yardage. Shows good contact balance to make him difficult to stop between the tackles.
Natural hands, good receiver. Catches well out of the backfield. Strong. Strong catch radius. Shows the ability to create good catch angles. Shows the ability to maintain the catch through even violent contact. Power is a little lacking for Brown, who quickly reads and picks up his pass protection assignments. Doesn’t look like he can handle bigger pass rushers. Can get blown up during assignments and lack effectiveness. Quickly moves into place.
What we want to see from Leddie Brown in Las Vegas
- We just want to see Leddie Brown have a good week. He’s a balanced running back prospect with the ability to run downhill with power and be that tough, physical bruiser that has always worked well in the NFL.
Pre-Shrine Bowl projection
Leddie Brown best projects as a rotational back used in power and play-action situations. His ability as a receiver heightens the dynamic threat he brings to the field each and every play. We think that he could contribute in his first season in a limited role before a team slowly continues to expand his usage over the next couple of years of his career.
We like Brown as a seventh-round/PFA prospect. His upside is certainly there, but lack of natural abilities (overall speed, athleticism, etc) should push him down the board a good bit in a crowded position group.