Ahead of the NFL Draft which gets going tomorrow we checked in with UCLA running back Brittain Brown ahead of the draft as we sit down and get to know the talented playmaker a little more.
Out of high school Brittain Brown was a four star recruit as per ESPN and ranked the number 18 running back in the Nation. In his senior year he rushed for 1,777 yards and had 24 receptions for 284 yards as he produced a total of 20 touchdowns. A stellar campaign in his final year led to numerous offers from college programs including Clemson before committing to Duke.
Brown didn’t see any action for Duke in his freshman year however in the following season he saw action across all 13 games as he rushed 130 times for over 700 yards, caught 14 passes for 161 yards and returned one kick for 38 yards as he compiled 900 all purpose yards as he scored 7 touchdowns on the year.
Time to Shine
In the 2018 season Brittain Brown Academic All-ACC honors and was listed as the starter for Duke. He featured 9 times through the season as he started the first 5 games, rushing for 369 yards from 80 attempts whilst making the most of his sole reception on the year for 44 yards as he racked up 4 touchdowns. Unfortunately, the 2019 season was cut short for Brown due to injury as he only played 3 games where he rushed 12 times for 56 yards.
At the start of the 2020 season Brittain Brown used the transfer portal to make the move cross country to the West Coast to join UCLA where he would form a lethal running back tandem with Zach Charbonnet. In the COVID disrupted season Brown saw action across all 7 of the UCLA Bruins games as he produced 543 yards from 82 rush attempts and was involved in the pass game as he hauled in 6 receptions for 84 yards for a total of 5 touchdowns.
This past season has seen Brown lock himself in for contention as mid to late round draft candidate after an impressive campaign. He started 10 games for the Bruins and had 102 rush attempts for 615 yards and saw a lot more action in the receiving game as he hauled in 18 catches 129 yards whilst scoring 7 touchdowns on the season.
Brown uses his excellent athletic abilities to charge hard downfield. He has excellent vision and awareness to use his elite short speed to pick any holes with a vengeance. As a result when watching the tape you will see that he uses his frame and strength to bounce defenders off him and gain crucial yards after contact.
So throughout college Brown has shown that when he is used in the passing game he is more than capable. He is a player that has great hands out of the backfield and will get his quarterback out of trouble. He uses his frame to make the most out of a lot of dead looking plays.
We sat down with UCLA Bruins Running Back Brittain Brown ahead of the draft to find out more on him.
What was your favorite moment(s) from your college career?
My favorite moment from college is winning our first bowl game in my sophomore year in the Quick Lane Bowl.
How would you best describe your playing style?
I’d say I have an aggressive running style that relies on explosiveness and agility.
Who do you model your game after?
I model my game after Adrian Peterson.
In 2020, you moved from Duke to UCLA, has this helped with your development and draft profile?
I think that the move from Duke has helped a lot. Especially getting noticed on the West Coast as well as experiencing a system with Coach Kelly running it.
Who is the best player that you have played against?
I’d say Derwin James is the best player I have come up against.
How do you see your NFL future/role?
I see myself being a running back that will add a lot of production to whatever team chooses me.
What round do you see yourself going in the draft?
I see myself going in the 6th round, at least that’s what they have been telling me.
Did you follow an NFL team growing up?
I didn’t have a favorite team growing up but I’m from ATL so I went to plenty of Falcons games.
If you could hang out with a footballer past or present who would it be?
I would like to hang out with Chad Johnson if I could. I feel like he’s a great person to be around.
How do you unwind away from football?
I like to play basketball away from football, PC game, watch Movies. Also go swimming and boat rides on the lake.
Follow Brown on Twitter @BrittainBKB
-Luke Renton @MCRsBlue
Read Lukes other interview with Ralph Holley here