Safety- Sydney Brown, Illinois (5-10, 213)
Talk about a stacked group, the safeties at the Senior Bowl came in all shapes, sizes, and flavors, but the commonality was the talent. There will be multiple top-100 selections made on the safeties that were in Mobile last week and one of them might just end up being Illinois’ Sydney Brown.
Brown didn’t even go to the Senior Bowl as the biggest named Illinois prospect in his family, that would be his twin brother, running back Chase Brown. But Sydney ended up having one of the best weeks of any player in Mobile.
The Canadian, from London, Ontario, predominantly played in the box for the Illini, so he had plenty of questions to answer about his cover ability. It didn’t take long for him to answer them as he matched up with receivers and tight ends all week in one-on-ones and showed the speed to carry them vertically, the ball skills to disrupt the catch point, and the footwork to click and close.
Known for his downhill physicality and explosiveness, it showed up throughout the week including in the game when he recognized a running back screen and fired into the backfield to cause a TFL.
With the depth of this safety class, it’s going to be difficult for Brown to go before Day 3, but it’s hard to imagine he didn’t lock himself into the top-150 of the 2023 NFL Draft with his string of practices.
Honorable mention: Jammie Robinson, Florida State (5-11, 194)