Orlando Brown’s Combine off to a slow start

AP

Orlando Brown is clearly hoping teams value his game tape more than his combine testing.

The Oklahoma tackle just put down a ponderously slow 5.86-second 40-yard dash on his first attempt. He’ll get another try, but it’s not as if he fell down and tied his shoes and got up and finished the 40, so it’s probably not likely to get much faster.

This comes after he underwhelmed scouts yesterday by managing just 14 repetitions in the 225-pound bench press. For comparison’s sake, running back Saquon Barkley did 29. Granted, players with shorter arms have an easier time with the bench press, but the number is alarming for a guy who is going to have to push people away from him.

The son of the former Ravens tackle said yesterday he wasn’t sweating the lift.

“Personally, I didn’t stick to my routine, my breathing routine. That’s the lowest number I’ve done. I’ll redo it at my pro day,” Brown said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “Keeping it real, all my numbers will be held against me. I’m an offensive tackle and all my numbers are going to be compared to the other offensive tackles. That’s just the reality of it.”

The 6-foot-7, 345-pounder is actually smaller than he used to be, as he was 415 pounds in high school — which set him on a certain path to follow his father to the NFL.

“I’ve been fat my whole life,” he said. “I wish I was fast. If I was fast, 6-2, I’d probably be playing [defensive back], but God blessed me. … It is what it is. I don’t necessarily try to live up to his expectations.”

At least he has a sense of humor about things, and it’s not as if he’s not talented. He’s projected as a first-rounder because of his rare size and long arms, and he was an All-American last season.

UPDATE 9:34 a.m. ET: Brown improved to an unofficial 5.77-second 40 on his second attempt. Still very slow.

18 responses to “Orlando Brown’s Combine off to a slow start

  1. Is he going to be covering kickoffs? Who cares how long it takes him to run 40 yards. How quick is he? How quick are his hands?

  2. Yes that 40 time was atrocious but what does a fast 40 time have to do with playing offensive tackle? I rather test him on his ability and ability to quickly change directions. That bench press is worrisome though.

  3. I personally think how fast his hands are and how good his footwork is before I care about an lineman’s 40 time. I also think it is a bit alarming a man that big only did 14 reps.

  4. mrbiggstuff says:
    March 2, 2018 at 9:53 am

    That someone cares how fast a lineman runs a 40-yard dash shows how useless the Combine is.

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    You clearly haven’t seen the Eagles play football.

  5. ” all my numbers will be held against me. I’m an offensive tackle and all my numbers are going to be compared to the other offensive tackles. That’s just the reality of it.”

    Oh noes you’re being picked on because you’re being judged in the exact same way that every combine attendee is.

    That fact that this guy seems resentful that he’s being compared to other players, at an event specifically designed to compare all the attending players to each other, is not a very good sign about his mental toughness holding up in the NFL. I don’t see him lasting more than a couple seasons if any team even brings him on.

  6. This will actually work out well for this kid. All the dumb teams will ignore his tape and look at these silly activities, and he’ll end up slipping to a team like New England or Philadelphia, who value football talent and winning.

  7. Zero concern about the numbers because he will be playing Guard in the league. What I don’t understand is how his agent didn’t know his baseline numbers from his pre-combine workouts. I would have never let him run or lift at the combine. Get him back to OU and continue working for his pro day. There probably won’t be much improvement but you never know.

  8. So, with all this negativity from our “experts”, how did he ever make All American? And, he played for a big football factory as well, not some little league place.

  9. usedjock says:

    March 2, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I personally think how fast his hands are and how good his footwork is before I care about an lineman’s 40 time. I also think it is a bit alarming a man that big only did 14 reps.

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    Maybe he didn’t want to tear a pec muscle.

  10. Yep, shuttle drill times are the key for linemen. Bench press indicates he can get a lot stronger, but only if he is willing to dedicate himself to the weight room and conditioning, otherwise he’ll be out of the league within 3 years. Probably shouldn’t be taken in the 1st round, but the OT class is pretty weak this year. The Ravens, who have been linked to Brown in the 1st round, ought to be looking elsewhere, if Ridley is taken before the 16th pick.

  11. Who really cares about the 40 with lineman? The 14 reps is concerning but the big red flag I have with this guy is his weight. 415 in high school and is down to 345 but that is still very big. As he gets older he is only going to get bigger so that will hurt him as the nagging injuries pile up into his late 20’s early 30’s. Couple that with money and a better lifestyle and that is a recipe for disaster. Hard pass on this guy.

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