04-10-2009, 09:47 AM
04-10-2009, 10:07 AM
The Next Joey Porter? Cody Brown, DE/OLB, Connecticut
One of the most difficult positions to grade is quickly becoming one of the most sought after in the NFL. The 3-4 rush linebacker is rare in the NCAA, and the habit of turning collegiate defensive ends into stand-up players at the next level has left more than a few head men wondering if theyíd be happy as a truck driver and not a coach.
Still, there are plenty of success stories. Like Joey Porter. A high school receiver turned Colorado State defensive end turned insane NFL sack machine, Porter is a perfect example of what can happen when the right player finds the right system. His 22 career sacks in Fort Collins, Colorado have transferred quite well to the NFL.
Cody Brown has an eerily similar skill set. When Porter came out, he slipped to the third round due to concerns about his ability to change directions and his lack of experience off the line. Brown has been criticized for the same shortcomings. Again, I know measurables arenít everything, but the numbers match up. Both guys stand at about 6-2 244 pounds. Both have 40 times in the high 4.6 to 4.7 range with broad jumps over 10 feet. And, get ready for this, both notched 22 career sacks at mid-level programs.
Thereís a chance that Brown wonít ever make the impact that Porter has, but that doesnít mean he canít be feared. If the right coaches get a hold of him, he could develop into a pass-rushing terror in an aggressive 3-4 scheme like the one employed by Porterís former team, the Steelers. Either way, Brown has Edward Scissorhands-style violence in his hands and a motor that wonít quit. Heíll probably be stuck in a situational role early on, but thatís not always a bad thing. Just ask Porter.
Just a side note - the Broncos have already talked to / shown interest in this guy.