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Hardee (Wauchula, Fla.) defensive end Keyon Brown gave Georgia some big news on Thursday, as he became the Bulldogs' 17th commitment of the 2014 class.
Brown committed to Georgia as an outside linebacker in Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme, and below, UGASports takes a close look at the Rivals100 prospect's skill set as a part of our Film Study series.
Where he is great: The name of Brown's game is speed. At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Brown has been laser timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.7 seconds.
Brown also has an excellent first step. He does a great job of not wasting movement, and can get into an offensive lineman's body very quickly. The Sunshine State stud has tremendous lower body strength. He possesses a large, powerful base and plays with a great deal of balance.
He has the ability to flip his hips and run down the line of scrimmage, and his ability to diagnose a play and chase it is also elite. He does a great job on the play side of holding his own at the point of attack against bigger linemen, and he can get flat and chase the play down from the backside as well.
Where he is good: Brown uses his hands well. There is room for improvement as there is some inconsistency there, but the four-star prospect has quick, violent hands that allow him to rush the passer well.
He also plays with a great pad level. There are times on film when he plays a little high, but most of the time he has his pad level down and is able to play with great leverage.
We have hit on Brown's explosive first step, but his lateral quickness is also a strength. He has the ability to jump inside if an offensive tackle over extends, and his quickness gives him the ability to be dynamic in both pass rush and run stunts.
Where he needs work: Brown's biggest area for improvement right now is upper body strength. He is strong for a high school player but he will need to continue to add strength to his arms, chest, and core so that he can extend out on blockers and shed them quickly.
Brown also needs to play more assignment football. At this point in his career he plays with a ton of energy and makes plays all over the field, but he will need to learn to play his assignment at the next level. There are times when he can be a bit too aggressive and fly up field and that won't work in college.
Brown is an ideal fit for what Georgia wants to do defensively. He has a compact, powerful frame. He has the ability to speed rush off the edge while also possessing the ability to counter with power. Brown has the frame that could also hold up on the inside if Georgia chose to use him there. He has the athleticism to play in space, which gives him the ability to play several different positions in Athens. He can play either outside or either inside linebacker position. Brown can also put his hand on the ground in nickel sets. Off the field, Brown is a tireless worker. He stays in excellent condition and works hard in the weight room. When you pair his talent with his work ethic, Brown is certainly the type of player you feel will have a successful college career.
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