BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino
After utilizing their first two selections on offensive players, the Buffalo Bills turned their attention to the defensive side of the ball in the third round, investing the 73rd pick in the 2014 NFL draft on Louisville inside linebacker Preston Brown.
A three-year starter in the middle of the Louisville defense, Preston Brown has been a consistent contributor. He had one of the best games of his career on the biggest stage of his career when he had 13 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss in the Cardinals’ Sugar Bowl victory over the Florida Gators at the end of his junior season.
Brown is a physical, downhill player who operates well in small spaces. He plays best when the play is in front of him. He takes on blockers well and runs through windows making plays. He is a sure tackler who positions himself well to make plays and has good run-stopping instincts.
Brown does not have sideline-to-sideline range. While he is an aggressive player in pursuit, he does not take the best angles when tracking down players on the edge.
Brown projects as a two-down player in the NFL who could be a run stuffer in the middle of a defense. His limited athletic ability prevents him from being much of a factor in pass defense.
With likely starter Brandon Spikes playing on a one-year contract, Brown enters the season as his backup and potential replacement if Spikes is not retained.