The Green Bay Packers are especially good at finding talented players in rookie free agency immediately following the NFL draft. Last year, three rookie free agents made the roster out of training camp and this season, one UDFA that has a legitimate chance to make the 53-man roster is inside linebacker Beniquez Brown.
Brown is a 6-1, 238-pound linebacker that had a productive career at Mississippi State. Yet, he left early and despite racking up 194 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and three interceptions, he was not selected in the draft.
Yet, the Packers, who didn’t own a seventh-round pick after trading up for Jason Spriggs or they might have taken Brown anyways, have liked him all along. Going as far back as January, there were reports about Green Bay being interested in Brown.
The article also states that draft expert Tony Pauline had Brown rated as a third-round pick and someone that Thompson was very interested in.
While Brown played all three linebacker spots for the Bulldogs, he is most certainly an inside linebacker in the Packers’ scheme. His 4.77 speed is decent and he actually has a penchant for blitzing, finishing his career with six sacks.
Brown did post three interceptions in his career, but I still question if the has the quickness to cover sideline-to-sideline. However, he’s still young and after some tutelage from the Green Bay coaching staff, he has the chance to improve greatly.
Right away, he will need to earn his way on special teams, which will be his best chance of making the final 53-man roster.
Here’s a video of Brown’s play-by-play action against Arkansas:
Brown is a hard-hitting inside linebacker with traits that could lead him to do well on special teams. With just Blake Martinez, Sam Barrington and Jake Ryan surely playing inside linebacker, there is at least one spot that is probably up for grabs.
I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Brown rise up and take it.