August 30, 2011

From the film room: Pharaoh Brown

Four-star defensive end Pharaoh Brown had three sacks in Brush High School's opening game of the 2011 season. Here we evaluate his film from his junior campaign with a comparison to a former Michigan player ...

Our film evaluator is a former Wolverine himself that earned All-Big Ten first-team honors during his career.

Strengths: Brown has only played football for a couple years and has shown impressive skills. His strength could very well be the vast potential he has yet to realize. What Brown shows in his Rivals film is a great first step off the ball. He also does a nice job of keeping his shoulders turned on his first move and using his hands to dismiss blockers. This keeps offensive linemen from getting a good shot at his chest with their hands.

Brown has great acceleration to go along with his wide-open speed. The one quality that stands out most is his desire to get to the ball from his D-Line position.

Areas of Improvement: Brown will need to develop base line strength to play against Big Ten offensive linemen. He'll need more power to go with his quickness at the next level. That power and strength should come to him, though - keep in mind, this player is just starting his football career.

College Projection: Defensive end or outside linebacker.

Michigan Player Comparison: Alex Marshall (1988-91) At 6-5, Marshall had arms as long as fence posts and strength to go with them. He played fast off the edge and kept blockers off of himself with great hands.

The Bottom Line: Brown would impress any football fan. This player separates himself from the other 21 players on the field with his exceptional size and speed. The fact that he plays defensive end and quarterback in his junior firlm (and plays them both very well) speaks to his unique athletic skills and his conditioning level.

Brown could easily develop his body to 260-plus pounds and be a dominant pass rusher. The Michigan coaching staff will put this young man in position to allow his unlimited potential to blossom into a great college player.

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