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Scouting Report: Kansas State OLB Arthur Brown

The St. Louis Rams need outside linebacker help, and Arthur Brown could be their player. Let's find out more about Kansas State star linebacker.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Heading into this years draft, one of the St. Louis Rams' biggest needs is at linebacker. Jo-Lonn Dunbar has surprised and has become a play-maker. Franchise middle linebacker James Laurinaitis is also solid and isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. But the Rams are missing something at linebacker...

The Rams are missing a player with athleticism; a player that can cover receivers, and move sideline-to-sideline. Enter Arthur Brown, the former Kansas State middle linebacker, and he should be available with the Rams 16th overall selection. He could end up being a good linebacker at the next level.

Brown might be smaller than the NFL's prototype linebacker, but he makes plays. He plays bigger than some linebackers who have the height and weight advantage on him. So should the Rams be interested? Let's take a look:

Combine numbers

Height: 6'0

Weight: 241

At his pro day

Weight :238

40 time: 4.58- 4.62

Strengths

Good sideline to sideline speed

Takes on blocks

Good football IQ

Makes the catches he should

Good in man coverage

Good use of hands in shedding blocks

Good angles and pursuit

Good at attacking blocks

Good at wrapping up

Swims through traffic

Gained weight after season

Weaknesses

Size

Can become enveloped by the blockers

He doesn't force enough players back, they will get extra yards

Needs a good D-line to allow him more freedom

Zone coverage needs work

If he reads it wrong, he is easily taken out the play

Inexperience rushing the passer

Oregon game, bad reads, taken out of plays, keeping eyes in the backfield and ball thrown over him. I know it's Oregon, but the 49ers and Seahawks run zone at times.

Might be a better 3-4 MLB

Overview

Brown is talented, as well as system versatile. He should be able to play in a 4-3 defense or a 3-4 defense without a problem. He beat blocks pretty well in college, so it should translate into the pros. But if he has a solid defensive line, he will be able to run sideline-to-sideline, shedding blocks in the second level, and making plays. He would either be a 4-3 linebacker - probably a "Will" linebacker - but he could play every down in the pros. In a 3-4 defense, he would be a middle linebacker.

Should the Rams draft him?

Maybe. It depends on how much the Rams value outside linebackers. He would help in coverage and put more speed and athleticism on the field. The Rams might even start using all 3 linebackers more together, since they really didn't have a starting caliber 3rd linebacker last year. Brown will most likely go in the first round, and if the Rams really want him they might have to draft him at #16, if not #22.

Decide for yourself