Brown’s father, Orlando Zeus Brown, was a behemoth 6-foot-7, 360-pound tackle who started 80 games across six seasons in Baltimore. The younger Brown ranks No. 100 on NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s list of the top 100 prospects in the draft.
After blocking for reigning Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield in college, Brown will now do the same for 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, who was drafted at No. 32 overall.
Originally regarded as a first-round talent, Brown saw his stock plummet after a nightmare performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. There are simply no NFL starters with a 40-yard dash time as low as Brown’s 5.82.
Many scouts question his ability to maintain that success against quicker NFL edge rushers.
The Seahawks hadn’t invested a first-round pick in a running back since Shaun Alexander in 2000, pre-dating, of course, the John Schneider-Pete Carroll regime.
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On the field, Guice doesn’t shy away from contact as a north-south runner, can bulldoze defensive backs and outrun linebackers in space. While he wasn’t used much in the passing game, the rookie back possesses enough skills to thrive in all phases.
Aside from injuries, Guice has the talent to be a workhorse right off the bat in Washington. It’s that reputation that left him surprised over having to wait so long to hear his name called.
The LSU product slid in the draft due to non-football related issues. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that sources describe Guice as immature and high maintenance, noting some of his visits with teams did not go well. Rapoport added there were incidents in college that teams found out about that were not previously reported.
It did surprise me because a lot of the things came out of nowhere and weren’t true, and I just didn’t understand why me out of all people because I’m great to everybody, Guice said on a conference call, per The Associated Press. I have a great personality and I just didn’t understand why everything just hit so hard with me out of everybody. I’m just thankful to know that this whole process is over with, that an organization believed in me and trusted in me and I’m just ready to get to work.