By Rob Staton
There's never been any doubt about Charles Brown's ability. He was superb for the USC Trojans in 2009 as Pete Carroll's blind side blocker. Not many prospects have shown the kind of hand punch that Brown flashed at the college level and he's a perfect fit for teams looking for a more agile lineman to fit a zone blocking scheme.
The only issue was his size. Not many teams were ever going to invest a high pick in a guy weighing his list 285lbs. There was room on his frame to add some muscle and get bigger, the challenge was actually doing it ahead of the scouting combine. Good news for Charles Brown then that he weighed in an impressive 303lbs in Indianapolis. He's an inch shorter than listed in SoCal at 6'5", but he measured nicely in terms of wingspan (35 1/4 inch arms) - crucial for prospects who intend to stay at left tackle in the pro's.
I've been a fan of Brown's for a long time. I compiled my first 2010 mock draft at the start of November and had Brown listed as a potential top 15 pick - to the Seahawks. If he performs in drills as well as he's shown physically this week, he's a sure fire lock to go in the first round. He has to be on the radar for Seattle at #14 and his stock is likely to grow very quickly.
How did the other lineman compare? Get ready for Bruce Campbell to shoot up boards when he explodes in work outs. He weighed in at 314lbs, 6'6" and a wingspan of 36 1/4 inches. That's incredible. Anthony Davis weighed in at 323lbs and reportedly looked very toned - that's important because he's had trouble with his weight. Bryan Bulaga looks the part but his arm length at 33 1/4 inches is a concern. Not many starting tackles have arms that short in the NFL.