Orlando Brown’s draft stock plunged after his ghastly NFL combine performance.
The former Oklahoma tackle still has a shot at going in the first or second round, however, according to ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay.
“You talk to one team and he just doesn’t fit the numbers,” McShay said of Brown during a conference call on Wednesday. “You talk to another team, and they say, ‘You know what, his tape is good enough. We’re still considering him in the second round.’
“So, I think when it’s all said and done, Orlando Brown will still come off the board in the first two rounds. I think it’s very likely that he won’t come off the board in the first round.”
Brown posted a 5.85 40-yard dash and 14 bench press reps at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
More was expected from the 6-foot-8, 360-pound Duluth, Ga., native, who was projected as a first-round pick before the combine.
He later improved his numbers at Oklahoma’s pro day, posting a 5.63 40-yard dash and 18 bench press reps.
‘Don’t bury Orlando Brown’
He dug a major hole for himself with his lackluster NFL combine effort. But McShay says multiple teams still like Orlando Brown’s overall body of work.
“I’ve talked to enough teams,” McShay said, “now in the last two weeks that have said, ‘Don’t bury Orlando Brown just because of the numbers, because we like him and we still think he’s worth a second-round pick or if we’re in position to take him.'”
The 2018 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, in Arlington, Texas. The second and third rounds won’t start, however, until Friday, April 27.