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Tony Brown was the first reported UDFA signings. It is the perfect match as he signs a 3 year $1,710,000.00 NFL CONTRACT, heads to The Los Angeles Chargers, to start what should be a long and successful NFL career. He went shirtless on the field before warmups, and then wore a fur coat in the locker room after Alabama defeated Georgia in the National Championship Game.

Tony Brown is someone Crimson Tide fans will probably be talking about for a long time, and a player his teammates will also tell stories about.

Alabama football had five players signed as undrafted free agents: defensive backs Tony Brown and Levi Wallace, wide receivers Robert Foster and Cam Sims and offensive lineman J.C. Hassenauer.

Tony Brown signed with the Los Angeles Chargers. Hassenauer and Sims agreed to deals with the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins, respectively. Foster and Wallace both agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills.

Which one has the best chance of making a roster?

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Tony Brown would be my guess. Brown’s biggest attribute is he can play special teams along with defensive back. He can play on kickoffs and serve as a gunner on punt coverage.

When Tony Brown shows he is capable of turning his hips in coverage and retaining NFL schemes, he will have a nice career in the NFL.

1. Tony Brown had an interception during his last collegiate game

Brown’s lone interception his senior season came in the National Championship Game, when he ripped the ball away from the receiver on Georgia’s opening possession. He had two other career pickoffs, against Mississippi State and Florida during his junior year.

2. Tony Brown was considered an elite recruit

Brown was a consensus 5-star prospect, Parade Magazine All-American and  2014 Under Armour All-America Game selection. He was rated as the nation’s No. 4 talent in the Scout300, No. 8 in the ESPN300 and No. 9 by the 247Sports Composite. The only players ahead of him in the latter were Leonard Fournette, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, Cam Robinson, Da’Shawn Hand, Quin Blanding, Adoree’ Jackson and Kyle Allen.

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3. Tony Brown was a star player in Nick Saban’s Alabama Scheme 

Brown played 51 games for the Crimson Tide and during the latter parts of his career was a veteran presence at both the nickel spot, called star in Nick Saban’s scheme, and on special teams. That he’s fast, a high impact player and physical will likely result in being selected in the draft as regular starter at cornerback.

4. Tony Brown was an All-American in another sport

Brown was an All-American in track for Alabama. He landed the honor in the 4×400 meter relay in the spring of 2015. Last June he ran the 100 in 10.12 seconds at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. When he was named 2013 Mr. Football in Texas, he also was that state’s Class 4A 100-meter champion. He won the 110-meter hurdles in the Junior Olympics and USA Junior Nationals.

5. Tony Brown isn’t the only athlete in his family

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Brown comes from a very athletic family. His sister, Bealoved, ran track for LSU and his sister Sojourner did likewise at Rice. His parents Tony Sr. and Tammy Walker-Brown were student-athletes at Texas Tech. Brown is from Beaumont, Texas, and Hurricane Harvey hit the area last year Alabama arranged for his father, who was not in good health and couldn’t stay in a shelter, to be flown by helicopter to College Station. When those plans fell through Saban sent UA’s private plane to evacuate the family to Alabama.

Tony M. Brown Jr. is an American football cornerback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League.

Brown attended Clifton J. Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, where he played football and was a world-class athlete. As a freshman in 2010, he made 95 tackles, had one interception and 15 passes broken up. As a sophomore in 2011, he had 96 stops and three interceptions, while adding a fumble recovery and 16 pass breakups.

Also an accomplished track athlete, Brown won a silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia. He lost to Columbian Juan Carlos Moreno, who established a new South American Junior record at 13.42. Brown was named to the USA Today All-American Track and Field Team. At the 2013 Texas Class 4A Meet, he won the state title in the 110-meter hurdles (13.63 s), and took third in the 100 meters (10.37 s). He ran a personal-best of 7.76 seconds in the indoor 60m hurdles, the fastest time in the nation in 2013. He ran a PR of 13.38 seconds in the 110m hurdles at the 2013 Texas Relays, the top time in the U.S. in 2013. He won the 110m hurdles at the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympics (13.88 s) and the USATF Junior Nationals (13.69 s). He also recorded a personal-best time of 37.32 seconds in the 300m hurdles at the 2012 Texas Class 4A Meet, where he placed first.

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Considered a five-star recruit by ESPN.com, Brown was listed as the No. 2 cornerback in the nation in 2014.

Brown committed to Alabama at the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.

Brown graduated early from high school and enrolled at the University of Alabama in January 2014, where he is participating in football and track and field.

The 6-foot, 198-pound Brown, who is seldom made available to reporters, gained attention after the Sugar Bowl win over Clemson by saying among other things he has viewed himself like a “silverback gorilla” since he was a kid, with an aggressive alpha male personality. He’s often the first player out of the locker room in pregame warmups, his chiseled upper body uncovered. It shows the results of his workout regimen but also, he said after the game, can be “an intimidation factor” for opposing players. 

SENIOR YEAR PERFORMANCE OVERVIEW

A veteran presence and one of the top athletes in the Crimson Tide secondary … totaled 31 tackles, while adding one tackle for loss (-3 yards), two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry … picked off his first pass of the season in the CFP National Championship … selected as one of the UA coaching staff’s special teams players of the week for his performance against Clemson. Florida State: Made an impact during his time against the Seminoles, finishing with one tackle and a pass breakup. Fresno State:Finished his day against the Bulldogs with two tackles. Colorado State: Improved upon his previous game totals, registering a season-high three tackles … added one stop for a loss (-3 yards). Vanderbilt: Wrapped up the afternoon with a pair of tackles … was key in limiting the Commodores to only 38 yards passing and 78 total yards on offense. Ole Miss: Totaled two tackles on the night … helped hold the Rebels to only 253 yards of total offense and just 165 yards through the air, well below their season average. Texas A&M: Saw time at both STAR and corner against the Aggies … finished with one tackle on the night. Arkansas: Made an impact against the Hogs … finished with a pair of tackles and a quarterback hurry on the night … helped limit the Razorback offense to only 227 total yards. Tennessee: Finished with two tackles against the Volunteers … played a role on an Alabama defense that held UT to just 108 total yards, including 44 passing. LSU: Collected a season-high four stops against the Tigers … made three stops in the secondary while registering one tackle on kickoff coverage. Mississippi State: Registered three tackles against the Bulldogs. Mercer: Got the starting nod on Senior Day, collecting four tackles against the Bears. Auburn: Matched his season-high total for tackles in a second consecutive week with four stops against the Tigers. Clemson: Earned special teams player of the week honors from the UA coaches for his play in New Orleans … helped force the Tiger returners into fair catches on the Tide’s six total punts … finished with one tackle from his spot in the defensive secondary while adding a pass breakup to his game totals. Georgia: Stopped the Bulldogs’ first offensive drive of the night, ripping the pass out of the UGA wide receiver’s hands for an interception, one of the Tide’s two in the game.

Strengths
  • Built like a safety with muscular arms and thick, well-defined lowers
  • Nickel cornerback with good toughness
  • Eager and aggressive in run support
  • Punch can rattle pads of slot blockers before discarding
  • Launches himself into contact
  • Size/speed prospect
  • Able to turn and run hip-to-hip with just about anyone
  • Expected to run well at Combine
  • Plus downhill closing burst from off-man coverage
  • Core special teams talent all day long
  • Offers immediate kick coverage value as one of the first down the field and has experience as gunner in punt team
    “He’s really physical against the run, High impact player. When you draft him you know he’s going to immediately help you on special teams and against the run if he has to play so there is value there.” – NFL COMBINE COMMENTS