Ben Brown played the 2021 season at right guard, but was a four year starter in the Ole Miss offense as either a right guard or a center. Brown played the entire 2020 season at center after rotating through games in 2019 at right guard and center. He offers immediate versatility across the offensive line immediately.
G – #55 Ole Miss
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: St. Aloysius (Vicksburg, MS)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8489)
Phil Steele: PS#125
Ben Brown scouting report
Subpar athlete overall. Wasn’t effective all the time pulling in protection or run blocking concepts. Average lateral quickness. Doesn’t get moving as well as some in this class. Stout upper body. Good lower body strength. Holds up well in his anchor. Average brute strength, but can use his strength effectively.
Very decent anchor and bend. Shows some promise as a pass protector. Recovery is susceptible. Wasn’t often in a position to have to recover, but struggled when he was. Solid hand work. Places well and handles counter moves well. Has a solid stiff arm that allows him to use his placement and length well. Very controlled technique. The game doesn’t look too fast to him.
Very strong and stout in pass protection. Shows a controlled technique and solid work against counter moves. Very stout run blocker. Consistently gets good push downhill and clears his gap. Understands his assignments very well. Ole Miss ran more advanced protection schemes under Lane Kiffin and he responded well. Missed the last seven games of the 2021 season with a torn bicep that required surgery.
Ben Brown projects best in a zone scheme at the next level and can contribute backup value immediately. I don’t think that he has much upside left to his game, but if he tests well at the Combine (I don’t expect him to) he could prove to have more upside than he showed on tape.
We like Brown as a versatile project lineman who can be a long term backup in the league. We’re projecting him in the fifth/sixth round range with his consistency and refined technique already. With his ability to play both right guard and center effectively, he’ll have value in the league for several years.