Draft Profile: LB Baron Browning, Ohio St.

Steve Johnson

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Pos.
Ht. 6’2 3/4
Wt. 245
Class. 4SR
College. Ohio St.
DOB. 2/19/99

Stats/Accolades/History:
2017: 12 games. 14 tackles, 1 TFL
2018: 12 games. 23 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack
2019: 12 games. 43 tackles, 11 TFL, 5 sacks
2020: 7 games. 29 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 2 FF, 2 FR, 2 pass break ups
Misc. Stats.

Accolades.

Injury History. Missed most of sophomore season of high school with injury.

History. Five-star recruit from Kennedale, TX. Two-time all-state at Kennedale. Participated in the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Father, played at TCU, Brother played at Stanford. Participated in the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Strengths: Great combo of size and athleticism. Looks the part, great build, good length. Testing numbers stand out (logged 4.58 40, 40″ vertical, 10’10” broad jump at pro day). Great short area quickness, very fluid hips. Size to match tight ends, feet to match backs. Explosive off the edge, has upside there. Brings some pop as a tackler. Takes on blocks with aggression. Versatility. Motor runs hot.

Weaknesses: Underachiever, who came to campus as a top 10 recruit, and never really found his groove. Takes bad angles to the football at times. Undisciplined eyes, looses track of the football too often. Doesn’t process quick enough. Guesses wrong on play action. Gets stuck in traffic a lot. Inconsistent play, sometimes disappears.

Overview: Size/speed specimen that will be over-drafted due to testing numbers. Although moved around in Ohio State’s 4-3, I think he’s future is as a rush linebacker. Let him use his explosiveness and length, to pin his ears back and go. He’s not a MIKE to me, maybe a SAM in a 4-3, but right now he’s just a backup that will excel on special teams.

Evaluation based on. Clemson 21′, Penn St. 20′

Draft Projection: Mid-Late Day Two

Draft Grade: 5.68

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