Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Nov 2012

No-Huddle Series: Eagles RB Bryce Brown

Bryce Brown was the top-rated running back entering college football in 2009 – over Trent Richardson. The Eagles made him a seventh-round pick to ensure no other team could sign him. Ability-wise, Brown is nowhere near a seventh-round grade: he’s a big back with soft hands, good burst, long speed, and finishing power.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 26 Nov 2012

14 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2012, 3:56pm by Anonymousssssssssss


by bananana (not verified) :: Mon, 11/26/2012 - 11:26pm

you mean "ensure"

by The Ninjalectual :: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 3:15am

What was his speed score?

by Podge (not verified) :: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 7:05am

Can't seem to find one, but I get it worked out to be 110.7.

Formula is Weight*200 divided by 40 times to the power of 4.

Weight of 223 at the combine, 40 of 4.48.

by Karl Cuba :: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 7:24am

You forgot to mention, "carries the ball like a greased pig".

by Podge (not verified) :: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 7:35am

He's just thinking ahead. If things don't work out in Philly, he's laying the groundwork for a job in Pittsburgh.

by Podge (not verified) :: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 7:27am

Brown's career might be an interesting test case - I remember a debate on here a while back about allowing RBs to enter the draft early due to the pounding they take in college. Given that he's not taken a pounding in college, it'd be interesting to see how his career goes in comparison to the guys who played 3 or 4 years of college.

Of course, it'd be a case of money V success, although less so now that first round contracts are more under control - there's less incentive from a financial perspective for a talented college back to stay at college more than 3 years, given that a) backs aren't drafted as highly as they used to be and b) if they are, they aren't paid as well as they used to be.

by killwer :: Wed, 11/28/2012 - 6:36pm

If a RB can cut away alot of pounding on his body and that way extend his career in the NFL, that could mean the difference in him receiving an extra contract and RBs does still get drafted high (AP and TC) and does still gets huge contracts (AP, CJ2k, Shady, Foster, Forte in recent years.)

by Podge (not verified) :: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 7:34am

That's a really nice write up of Brown by the way.

by Dean :: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 9:45am

What this doesn't say about Brice Brown is just how much of a diva he is. When he was just a high school running back, he already had a team of "handlers." He was such a pain in the ass during the recruiting process that despite being one of the top players at any position, many of the best schools in the country soured on him and rescinded scholarship offers. He ended up at Kansas State because all the higher profiles schools all washed their hands of him and said "no thanks."

by DavidL :: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 6:20pm

I hadn't heard about that before. Hopefully for the Eagles he just reached Peak Jackass early in his life, rather than continuing to get jackassier with time.

by Leeroy (not verified) :: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 11:45am

Incorrect. He was still highly desired and ended up at UT with Lane Kiffin. When Kiffin left, Brown left to join his brother who had transferred home to KSU. Furthermore, Derek Dooley refused to let Brown out of his scholarship so some of the more expensive out of state schools were out of Brown's reach. Although at the time he was dating a hot rich blond girl he met in Miami during one of the all american events.

by Podge (not verified) :: Wed, 11/28/2012 - 6:42am

You made him sound so sympathetic until that last sentence.

by Dean :: Wed, 11/28/2012 - 9:47am

I couldn't care less if he had a hot girlfriend or not. if anything, good for him on that one. Now, the fact that while he was still in high school, his handlers were running a website where for ten bucks a month you could get highlights and updates on his recruiting - I do find that insightful as to his sense of entitlement.

by Anonymousssssssssss (not verified) :: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 3:56pm

Or maybe the people a high schooler trusted to look out for him were actually looking out for themselves. That would be a first and a major shock I know.