Titans 2012 NFL Draft Picks: What Position will Zach Brown Play?

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 4: Quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers rushes upfield away from Zach Brown #47 of the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Georgia Dome September 4 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After watching the Tennessee Titans pick Zach Brown in the second round and Mike Martin in the third, I am more convinced than ever that we are going to see multiple looks on defense this season. I don't like the Brown pick if he is going to be a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker, but Jerry Gray will probably use him to do a lot of different things.

Here is what Doug Farrar had to say about the pick:

Like former West Virginia and current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, Brown is all about speed. He'll need to develop as a read-and react guy, but as a moveable chess piece on passing downs, he can have an impact right away.

I like the phrase "moveable chess piece."

Here is part of what Russ Lande had to say about Brown in his draft guide:

Overall, Brown definitely has weaknesses which are going to keep him from being a first round pick, but he will likely be a 2nd or 3rd round pick. His size and speed are definitely a good fit to play outside linebacker in a 43 scheme, but when I evaluated Brown I was very impressed with his explosiveness and edge pass rush ability.

So maybe the Titans have already addressed their pass rushing need. We have been looking for them to take a defensive end, and they still might, but don't surprised if Brown's position early on can simply be labeled "pass rusher."

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