Orlando Brown: 2018 NFL draft prospect
The Oklahoma Sooners haven’t had a player go in the first round of the NFL draft in four years. Orlando Brown provides hope that the drought ends at the 2018 NFL Draft.
Position: Offensive Tackle
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Coming out of high school
Orlando Brown Jr. came out of high school as only a three star recruit according to ESPN, 247Sports, Scout and Rivals. ESPN graded him as the number 35 offensive tackle in the country. And 247Sports graded him as the number 29 offensive tackle in the country.
And yet, Orlando Brown started his redshirt freshman year. Brown also started all 13 games.
That says a lot about Orlando Brown and the Oklahoma Sooners. What’s more impressive is that Brown is ranked as number 26 player in the 2018 NFL Draft. And the number four offensive tackle on the NFL Draft Board. Brown sits just behind Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams who is ranked 25 overall and three for offensive tackles.
Redshirt freshman year, Brown named Freshman All-American by The Sporting News. Brown made second team All-Big 12 by ESPN. And third team All-Big 12 by Phil Steele. The Big 12 coaches gave Brown an Honorable Mention All-Big 12.
In 2016 Brown got national recognition. The FWAA and AP both named Orlando Brown second-team All -American. The Big 12 coaches and AP named Brown to the first team All-Big 12.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) April 7, 2017
2018 NFL draft potential
Oklahoma has endured a four year drought of not placing a single player in the NFL draft. Orlando Brown provides the Sooner Nation hope that the drought ends in 2018.
Orlando Brown has the NFL frame at 6-8, 360. And should slide right into a starting tackle position in the NFL. But in 2018 there is a lot of competition at the offensive tackle position.
Right now, Orlando Brown projects as the number four offensive tackle on the NFL Draft Board. The NFL Draft Board currently projects a total of six offensive tackles in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
But with such a talented lineup at offensive tackle teams may wait to draft their offensive tackle since the class is so deep.
Either way, Orlando Brown is a first round talent, whether he gets drafted in the first round or not.
-Orlando Brown Sr. played in the NFL for 10 years.
— Bill Bedenbaugh (@OU_CoachB) February 24, 2017