Placekicker Drew Brown is the latest in a long line of “Kicker U” legs that have a shot at a pro career. The 5’10”, 208 lb Southlake, TX native is the younger brother of another Husker kicker, Kris.
Brown is one of five Huskers that were invited to the NFL combine. For specialists, the combine is mostly a meet-and-greet with interviews being their main activity. Some specialists do drills, but Drew did not (at least I couldn’t find any numbers for him).
At Nebraska, Brown was a four-year guy on both kickoffs and place kicks. He had a career 77.6% in field goals made with his junior and senior seasons rising to 85.7%. His career long was a 51-yarder his junior season. He only missed two PATs in his entire Husker career, both in his sophomore season, for a career line of 178-180. On kickoffs, Drew forced touchbacks 42% of the time, a number unlikely to impress NFL teams.
Drew was named all-Big Ten honorable mention in 2017 and was second team all-B1G in 2015. He holds the NCAA record for field goals made in a half with five (against Southern Miss in 2015.
Brown’s NFL.com draft profile indicates he doesn’t have the leg strength to have an NFL career, but that he’s still likely to get a chance in a camp somewhere. On field goals over 50 yards, he was 2 of 6 in his Husker career. That is a really low number of attempts. Most of the top college kickers (and Brown was rated 5th of 58 at draftscout.com) were asked to try quite a few more than that. Given his low touchback %, it seems likely the low number of attempts is because the coaches didn’t see enough in practice to feel comfortable trotting him out for long attempts.
By all accounts, Brown is a top-notch human being and exactly the type of person who would represent a pro team well, should he hear his number called. That possibility seems remote. It will be fun to see where he ends up and if he has more than one free agent offer after the draft concludes.