In the 4th Round – It’s A Cornerback

With their selection in the fourth round, the 118th player in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Chiefs selected CB Jalil Brown from the University of Colorado.

A 6-1, 204-pound native of Phoenix, Arizona was a two-year starter in Boulder at left cornerback. Overall, he appeared in 39 games for the Buffs, contributing 167 total tackles and six interceptions, including three last season. He was also a big contributor on special teams, including 21 tackles over his four-season career.

He started all 12 games in the 2010 season at left cornerback, playing 799 snaps. Brown was one of his team’s co-captains last year and  earned honorable mention All-Big 12 recognition.

Brown will be 24 in October, making him one of the league’s oldest rookies if he makes the team.

One of the things scouts like about him is his CB mentality. Earlier this year, Brown said:

“As a corner, if you’re not prepared, it’s scary. You’re out there on an island by yourself. If you make a mistake, it’s a touchdown. Everyone sees it. I’ve played every position since I started as a little kid and the two hardest, by far, are quarterback and cornerback. You have to have the mentality of “I’m better than you. If you catch one ball, it doesn’t matter. Do it again.” As soon as it goes to your head, it’s over. Your technique goes out of whack and you’re scattered all over the place. You have to have a short memory.”

Although he was home schooled with his five siblings by his mother, Brown played at South Mountain High School in Phoenix and established a state of Arizona single game record of 412 rushing yards. He made the move to defense while at Colorado.

Brown received his college degree in December.

9 Responses to “In the 4th Round – It’s A Cornerback”

  • April 30, 2011  - el cid says:

    Like his size but had better be a beast on special teams. In a sad way, supports my view Arenas is a nickle/dime cb.

    NFL network finally commented on KC draft, 1st pick a very talented diva, Houston takes plays off, and DE looks great, as of yet doesn’t deliver. I do not buy it but I had hoped for better players.

  • April 30, 2011  - SG says:

    Where’s the beef?

  • April 30, 2011  - SG says:

    I do NOT understand why they’re passing over Powe who’s still there.

  • April 30, 2011  - Ed says:

    Yea this pick head scratcher to me. We’re preety deep at the corner position unless Maurice leggett is on his way out. Well guess u can’t have enough corners in a passing league. Stanzi solid pick wld preferred us going after a lineman let the QB controversy begin Cassel goes to pro bowl help get Chiefs bck in the playoffs gurantee you’re going to have fans and media calling for Stanzi to step in after a bad game

  • April 30, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Bob- you taking a nap?
    Stanzi is a weak-armed, big mouth, pothead, horrible pick!

  • April 30, 2011  - el cid says:

    That is why Stanzi is a decent pick. No way is he ready to start, give him 2 years. Cassel can be comfortable and mentor him. Everyone want the backup QB, but that will be Palko this year, Stanzi will stand around with a clipboard, baring injuries.

  • April 30, 2011  - el cid says:

    By the by, lockout got reinstated. No college free agents can be signed. This really sucks, what are the owners thinking. No way the college kids can be ready to play come this fall. Then there will be injuries all over the place. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  • April 30, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I think Leggett is on the way out. They didn’t tender him before the lockout, if I recall. Brown will probably compete with Arenas for the nickel corner.

  • April 30, 2011  - Michael says:

    Arenas is a quality nickleback and returner who can start at corner if need be, which is nothting to sneeze at. Some teams don’t have two quality corners, much less three. But, in today’s passhappy game, you absolutely can’t have enough quality defensive backs, and Brown can give KC another one.

    Baldwin, a diva? As wide receivers go, he’s on the light side of divadom. Hudson, you won’t find anyone who says he won’t be a quality starter on the OL, probably center. Houston in round three is a risk the Chiefs found acceptable with what they know about the player, a 1st/high 2nd rouund talent. Kid has size and is fast, and knows how to rush the passer.

    Then you get to guys like Bailey…really after round one in the draft you won’t find a player without a questionmark or two. If not, they’d all be first round picks. You do your homework on the player, get to know the player, figure out how he can fit your system and team and make your pick. If Bailey is what the Chiefs beleive he is, he will definitely help in their nickle pass rush. Gabe Miller I don’t know too much about at LB, except he’s got good size and speed and was a team co-captain. Adds to Lindebacker depth and special teams.

    Stanzi is a solid developmental pick at quarterback, whose presents will have no effect on Cassel. At minimum, he could be a quality backup, but who knows.

    I love the Powe pick in round 6. He was expected to go round 2-4; so it’s a bit of a surprise he dropped that far. Who knows what the issues are there, but Powe could be a steal as a true 2down, run-stuffing nose tackle.

    Big-boy Baannon from Yale in round 7. 6-2,270 fullback/tight end. He can block, and very well.

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