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Scouting the Cowboys' Draft Picks: CB Anthony Brown

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    Cowboys rookie cornerback Anthony Brown (right) practices with Arjen Colquhoun (left) during the Dallas Cowboys rookie minicamp at Valley Ranch in Irving May 6, 2016. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News)

    Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
    Ht. 5'11", Wt. 192, Arm: 31 ¾", Hand: 9 ¼", Bench: 19
    40 yd: 4.35, 10 yd.: 1.58, 3 Cone: 7.03, Vertical: 35", Broad: 9'7"

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    After appearing in 10 games as at CB as a freshman, Brown made 10 starts for the Boilermakers as a sophomore. He became the full-time starter as a junior and tallied 113 tackles, 4 INTs, 6.5 TFL and 16 passes defended during 24 games as an upperclassman.

    Brown turned his strong senior season into an East-West Shrine Game invite, where he held his own. He then used turned some heads at the combine where he showed off sprinter's speed (4.35 40-yard) and surprising strength (19 reps on bench). The Cowboys selected him in the sixth round — 189th overall — of the NFL Draft.

    Strengths

    • Speed - Fast, good recovery speed
    • Strength - Reroutes WRs
    • Ball Skills - Wins at catch point
    • Press Man - Sticky when hands on
    • Run Defense - Willing, physical
    • Discipline - Knows role in coverage

    Weaknesses

    • Athleticism - Lacks agility, change of direction
    • Technique - Turns hips early
    • Aggressive - Too eager to play ball
    • Off Man - Struggles when hands off
    • Versatility - Looks like a boundary CB only

    Verdict: Good Value

    Despite starting 34 games in college and appearing in a dozen more, Brown looks like a project. His inconsistent technique and low pSPARQ score of 114.4 (39.2 percentile) suggest he's a long shot to be an NFL regular, but he also showed the ability to be a competent press corner.

    Brown looks like a good value for the Cowboys a sixth rounder. The team probably should have addressed the position earlier, but Brown can be coached into an eventual starter. He's reportedly an intelligent player, so he might be able to make an impact sometime in 2016.