49ers Draft Tarell Brown at 147

With their 5th-round pick the 49ers select Texas DB Tarell Brown.

It was a trying season for the Longhorns secondary in 2006, especially for Brown. On the field, the team’s pass defense ranked 99th in the nation, allowing 236.23 yards per game after finishing eighth in Division I-A in 2005, when the Longhorns gave up 172.0 yards per game.

Brown started all 11 games he played in as a senior, but was suspended for the Ohio State game after he, backup safety Tyrell Gatewood and former Texas linebacker Aaron Harris were arrested Sept. 4 on misdemeanor marijuana charges. Brown also was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, another misdemeanor. Back on the field, Brown was forced to miss the Baylor game after breaking a bone in his left foot during the first half of the Oklahoma game.

Born in New York City, Brown moved to Texas when he was 3 years old. He won the Dallas-area Punt, Pass & Kick Championship at Texas Stadium as a 9-year-old and finished third at the national competition in San Diego.

Brown attended North Mesquite High School, where he was a three-year starter at cornerback and a two-year starter at running back. The USA Today and Parade All-American added first-team all-state Class 5A, all-area and all-district honors at running back in 2002. He rushed for 3,011 yards and 42 touchdowns in his final two seasons, and received an invitation to play in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Game.

As a senior, Brown gained 1,885 yards with 28 touchdowns on 182 carries (10.4 avg), caught 10 passes for 281 yards and a pair of scores and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass. He posted four 200-yard games as a senior, including a 293-yard effort against Grand Prairie, and also had two games with five touchdowns and two other contests with at least four scores.

Brown added 50 tackles and three interceptions on defense that year. An all-district selection at running back as a junior, he rushed for 1,126 yards and 14 touchdowns on 209 carries, hauled in five passes for 76 yards and tossed a 52-yard scoring pass that season. He was also a two-year letter-winner in track (100 meters, sprint and mile relays) and a sophomore starter at shooting guard in basketball.

Brown enrolled at Texas in 2003 and played in 11 games as a true freshman. He finished with nine tackles (eight solos) and a pass break-up. He also averaged 18.2 yards on six kickoff returns. In 2004, he started 12 contests at weak-side (right) cornerback, collecting 38 tackles (32 solos) with a sack and five stops for losses. He batted down three passes, intercepted two others and gained 98 yards on six kickoff returns (16.3 avg).

A member of UT’s Academic Honor Roll, Brown started the final 12 games of the 2005 season. He was in on a career-high 69 tackles (39 solos), including two stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused and recovered a fumble, picked off one pass and deflected eight others. He also averaged 21.6 yards on five kickoff returns. In 2006, Brown started 11 times. He had eight pass break-ups with a forced fumble. He also finished seventh on the team with 53 tackles (38 solos) and had one stop for a loss.

In 47 games at Texas, Brown started 35 times at weak-side cornerback. He collected 169 tackles (117 solos) with a 5-yard sack and eight stops for losses of 20 yards. He recovered one fumble and caused two others. He registered 20 pass deflections and gained 42 yards on three interception returns. He also amassed 315 yards on 17 kickoff returns (18.5 avg) and five yards on one punt return.

Positives: Has a developing frame, adding 10 pounds of lean muscle mass in the past year … Shows good range and recovery quickness … Plays with good field alertness and has the natural hands to make plays on the ball … Plays the game with a nice edge to him; he will not hesitate to mix it up with larger blockers at the line of scrimmage … Runs with a normal stride, showing good balance in transition … Demonstrates crisp cutting agility and stop-and-go action … Gets a quick break on the ball due to his ability to open his hips and drop his weight … Has good strength for a player his size, and while he won’t blow up people with vicious tackles, he brings his pads well to generate decent pop on contact … Has the acceleration needed to close quickly on plays in front of him … He is one of the more alert pass coverage defenders you will find; he does a nice job of anticipating the receiver’s moves, showing the speed to mirror throughout the route … Alert to blocking schemes and is not the type who will eyeball the pocket for too long … Has the quick-twitch moves to come out of his pedal with no wasted motion … Closes on the play with good urgency, and with the way he breaks on the ball, speedy receivers are not able to separate from him after the catch … Smooth in his turn coming out of breaks and opens his hips properly coming out of transition … Has a good feel for switch-offs in the zone and does a nice job of making plays on the ball behind him … Is best when he keeps the action in front of him and reacts quickly to the thrown ball … His acceleration lets him get under the deep throws and he breaks up a lot of passes with his timing and leaping ability … Has a good spring in his step and sudden movements when taking on ball carriers along the perimeter … Does a good job of tracking the ball in flight and knows how to reach around and deflect the pass without getting penalized for it … Plays with good body control and has the skills to compete for jump balls … Lacks the strength to hold ground against the power runners, but will wrap and hold on until help arrives … Decent wrap-up tackler, but must stay in control (tends to outrun the play) in order to be effective (too many missed tackles when he plays with reckless abandon) … Shows good knee bend in his pass drops and times his hits well when taking on receivers underneath … Effective gunner on the special-teams coverage units … Uses his hands efficiently in attempts to press and reroute his assignment at the line of scrimmage.

Negatives: Still needs to develop more muscle tone and bulk on his frame; his adequate weight-room success does not translate to the football field … Has high-cut calves and skinny ankles; he lacks the lower-body power to prevent blockers from walling him off or riding him out when working near the line in run support … Has good hands to field the ball cleanly, but will sometimes double catch or let the ball absorb into his body, turning potential interceptions into pass deflections … Strikes with good urgency, but power runners easily bounce off his hits; he lacks force behind his hits … Tends to throw his body around recklessly when he outruns a play, resulting in missed tackles … Best when he keeps the plays in front of him; he can get turned around some by a receiver’s multiple moves … Must work on taking a shorter path to the ball and execute better angles; he gets taken out of the action when he tries to avoid blockers by taking a long loop to the ball … Tends to lose focus on the field when not involved in the play … Has had some durability issues in the past year (broken arm in the 2006 Rose Bowl, left foot against Oklahoma in 2006) and needs to clarify his involvement in his September 2006 arrest (charged with holding a 9 mm gun).

Compares To: Randall Gay, New England — Like Gay, when Brown stays in control, he quietly goes about his job of preventing the big play (gave up only one touchdown catch in 2006). Brown won’t punish opponents with his tackling ability and needs to add more strength and bulk in order to be more effective in run force. He has very good range and is best when he keeps the plays in front of him. He is certainly not a blue-chip prospect, but he is a smart, instinctive player who will give a steady, yet unspectacular performance on the field.

2005: Suffered a left arm bone fracture against Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

2006: Missed the Baylor game (10/14) after suffering a hairline fracture of a bone in his left foot against Oklahoma (10/07).

Campus: 4.51 in the 40-yard dash … 335-pound bench press … 385-pound squat … 264-power clean.

Combine: 4.53 in the 40-yard dash … 1.62 10-yard dash … 2.64 20-yard dash … 4.37 20-yard shuttle … 7.0 three-cone drill … 33½-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-3 broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.


~ by 49ersNews on April 29, 2007.

35 Responses to “49ers Draft Tarell Brown at 147”

  1. He seems more like a pass defender than run supporter. So many D players!!! Yay!! Our D is going to be scary good!!

  2. Unless Siler or a steal at O line is available we need to draft Jordan Kent or the best available runningback.

  3. If we don’t draft a runningback with our last pick, maybe Nolan and Co. will wait until after the June 1st cuts to see who is released. Maybe find a back that way???

  4. This could turn out to be a real nice pick!

  5. Why not a qb did leak get picked yet and who got troy smith

  6. i like what i see from tarrell brown and dashon goldson…..here are tarrell brown highlights


  7. dashon goldson highlights


  8. i hope jason hill is good,because he is going to start sometime this year,because d.j is injury prone.i just hope it isnt durring the playoffs this year.

  9. goldson and brown!! They will be callin our d the red fog!! Are we gonna wear the old school jerseys next year? Nolan says they look real good!! I can definetly see P.Will wearin a old school red with the numbers 49 blazin!!!

  10. J.Hill is our sleeper..have faith in nolan he can gauge talent!!


  12. I don’t see it. You forgot about Alex Smith who will be playing for his third coordinator, under Jim Hostler. The 49ers are very high on Smith’s development right now, which is a good thing since he was the 1st overall pick. The 49ers have had a great offseason so far.

  13. Brown is a total POT HEAD: he just got busted again (2nd time in a year). in March 07. Maybe we can get him a Doctors card. For
    his continual Marijuana problem!

  14. we got ricky williams step brotha!!

  15. i really like Ryan Moore i know we got D Jackson but i really like this guy i think he is going to be good

  16. former Miami Hurricanes wideout Ryan Moore i really think this guy is a sleeper i watched him play alot i really like this guy

  17. Jeremy,i feel the same way about ryan moore and the wide out kent too.

  18. i;m shocked nobody has even looked his way and i have not heard ESPN say anything about him i dont know maybe its something we dont know but this guy can play football he may not be the fastet but he has that football speed when the ball is in his hands

  19. Mel Kiper does not even have Ryan Moore in his top players left out there to pick up thats crazy i watch this guy play for the Miami Hurricanes and he can play what is the problem

  20. ryan moore is too slow to separate from nfl corners thats why

  21. When do we pick again????

  22. 186….we about to pick in a couple

  23. hey Dre thank man but yo i;m 4 real he is a good football player we could at least use him as one of our backups what do you think?

  24. Yeah just say it brandon siler still on the board maybe take him

  25. Positives: Has a long, athletic, linear frame with long arms and legs, tight waist, thick thighs and calves … Has the valid timed speed to attack the deep secondary and stretch the field … Shows good timing and leaping ability to reach and pluck away from his frame … Shows good body control and balance to make adjustments going for the off-target pass … Alert to coverages and sticks, working hard to keep his feet in bounds along the sidelines … Quick in and out of his breaks, keeping his pad level down to accelerate after the catch … Uses his size well to shield the ball from defenders and is conscious of securing the ball before the defender delivers the hit when working in traffic … Will lay out and get vertical to make the catch in a crowd … Can run, jump and adjust smoothly due to his flexibility … Has the quick twitch moves to get a clean release off the snap … Gives good effort to make the catch and recognizes coverages quickly to settle in the area’s soft spots … His feet and hand extension let him get into his route progression and beat the press … Uses his strength well to get a push off the defender, and despite his size,he knows how to take short steps to slip through tight quarters … Runs crisp routes, using his second gear effectively to get separation … Settles down and breaks off his route smoothly when coming back to help the quarterback from pressure … Smooth runner who can turn the corner effectively on dig routes … Uses his hip snap and head fakes to set up the defender and shows a good feel for gaining position, especially along the sidelines … Has very good flexibility coming out of his cuts and shows both the speed and stride to get separation when going deep … Inviting target who will shield defenders from the ball and does a good job of reaching to scoop up the low throws … Shows good courage going over the middle and can take a hit and hold on to the ball … Has the suddenness and acceleration to threaten the deep secondary … Squares his shoulders and lowers his pads well, showing enough functional body lean to break tackles.

    Negatives: Despite his size and good strength, he makes only passive swipes when asked to block in-line and fails to extend his arms properly in attempts to sustain … Has very good leaping ability, but tends to wait for the ball to come to him rather than extend and reach for it at its high point … Has large, soft hands, but uses his body more often to catch the ball, resulting in several costly drops … Needs to be more aggressive attacking the ball in flight, as he shows too much inconsistency with his hands … Despite his good timed speed, he might not be a viable option on deep throws, as he struggles to catch over his outside shoulder and is also inconsistent getting to the ball with a defender riding up on him … Will throttle down when not involved in the play, especially when asked to cut block in the second level.

    Compares To: Chris Chambers, Miami Dolphins … Like Chambers, when Moore’s head is in the game, he is a viable breakaway threat … He tends to body catch too much and will throttle down when not involved in the play, especially when he needs to block … He has great deep speed, but struggles to look in the ball over his outside shoulder … Moore is a fine athletic specimen, but like Chambers, they both lack consistency

    this is what NFL.com has to say about Ryan Moore he was clock at 4.47 in the 40 yard dash


  27. i dont know,but we are after atlanta!we are next.

  28. lewis leonard from fresno might be a possability!

  29. yea i wuldnt mind bringing him in…he is big in size so i wuldnt be mad if we too him jeremy

  30. but i wuld rather take courtney taylor from auburn who is still avalible before him

  31. ok we took thomas clatyon….i think we culdnt afford not to go for RB….thomas clayton runs a 4.63 40 which is [pretty slow tho but still good back

  32. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanother seniorbowl player!!!!!!

  33. has character issues but he looks really good

  34. stop with the senior bowl lol thats the smart thing to do is go for the people u see in person

  35. not so keen on a lot of our day two picks. Slow safety and two guys that like getting into trouble…

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