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Unpacking Future Packers: No. 47, Penn State S Ji’Ayir Brown

The Unpacking Future Packers Countdown is a countdown of the 100 prospects who could be selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Brian Gutekunst is stepping up to safety. Green Bay’s general manager went out and signed Tarvarius Moore, a former third-round pick and special teams standout for the San Francisco 49ers. Gutekunst followed this up by re-signing Rudy Ford to a one-year deal.

There is still a lot of work to be done to improve the safety depth chart and there is a good chance that Gutekunst will address the position in the upcoming NFL Draft.

One player that Green Bay could target in the 2023 NFL Draft is G’Air Brown. Penn State Safety Check is No. 47 on the Unpacking Future Packers Countdown.

Brown transferred to Penn State from Lackawanna Community College. In 2021, Brown recorded 73 tackles, one tackle for loss, six interceptions and five pass deflections. This past season, Brown recorded 74 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and four interceptions.

Daniel Gallen, a reporter for Lions247, said, “J’air Brown was the best all-around player on the Penn State defense during the 2022 season.” New defensive coordinator Manny Diaz used his versatility, which allowed Brown to fill out the stat sheet. He still played some center field, where he thrived in 2021, but Diaz saw him as an addition to the “Prawler” package. Brought in close to the line of scrimmage as a linebacker, Brown showed he could be an accomplished blitzer.

Brown has the ability to get the ball back on offense. During his two years as a starter for Penn State, the JUCO transfer caught 10 passes, forced three fumbles, and recovered three fumbles.

“Brown’s ball skills are his biggest strength, with six interceptions in 2021 and four more last season,” Gallen said. “Brown has good instincts, and was able to intercept passes in the air, in addition to making plays on the ball in coverage. He is a skilled center fielder who can help shore up the back end of the defense.

Brown clocked a 4.64 40-yard time at the NFL Scouting Combine. It plays faster than 40 times because of its instinct and fast processor. He reads the quarterback’s eyes and shuts down routes quickly. He shows excellent range.

“Brown’s instincts make him an effective safety in coverage,” Gallen said. “His speed didn’t test well at the combine, but he leans on his experience as a center fielder early in his baseball career to track balls. At the same time, he is a well-prepared and intelligent player. , which enables him to be at the right place at the right time.”

Brown has been able to wear many hats in the secondary. This past season he logged snaps in the slot as a linebacker and deep safety. He is comfortable playing close to the line of scrimmage where his physicality is on full display. He is able to work his way through the waste.

When he is standing in a deep queue, he runs into the street and comes with bad intentions. He limits YAC opportunities for pass catchers and cuts his targets in half when they come. Last season, Brown was asked to play more offense and he responded with 4.5 sacks and 15 pressures. Brown plays with a lot of energy and can be a tone-setter.

“Brown’s build is such that he can hold up in run support, and he can bring down runners in one-on-one situations,” Gallen said. “Brown led the Nittany Lions in solo tackles each of the past two seasons, and he has a nose for the football with three forced fumbles each of the past two seasons. He is also a fearless businessman who will not put off business decisions.

During his three seasons at Penn State, Brown logged 249 snaps on special teams and recorded two tackles. That special teams experience could help Brown see the field early during his rookie season.

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Overall, this is a weak security class. There are going to be quality players and there are bound to be some hidden gems.

Brown did not turn heads at the scouting combine, and his draft stock declined marginally. If he is available on the third day of the draft, he has the toughness, instincts, playmaking ability, and special teams experience to land a role for the Packers during his rookie season. On top of his on-field prowess, Brown will be a welcome addition to Green Bay’s locker room with his leadership.

Gallen said, “Brown will help the team both on the field and in the locker room.” “Brown is a strong leader who can command a defense, and he backs up his words with actions on the field. By all accounts, he was a great teammate at Penn State. He’s also a motivated player, it Noting that he considered playing Division III football before beginning in the junior college ranks at Lackawanna College with future Penn State teammate and current Chicago Bear Jaquan Brisker, Brown is aware that a player like him has How rare it is for them to end up in this position, and they are focused on making the most of this opportunity.

Gutekunst has taken steps to improve the team’s security room. Even with this being a weak security class, it’s reasonable to expect that Gutekunst will be targeting a security or two in just a few weeks. Brown could make an immediate impact on special teams while fighting for a role on defense.


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