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Donald Brown becomes the second player out of a New England college to be drafted in the first round, following B.J. Raji’s selection at #9 to the Packers. He is the highest Connecticut draftee in history. The Huskies just made the jump to Division I about ten years ago, so the NFL pipeline will just start up for them. The previous highest selected Huskie was Alfred Fincher, linebacker to the Saints in 2005, who went in the third round, 82nd overall.
The junior running back’s big knock is his size at 5’10″, 210 pounds. However, he put on a show in 2008. He led the nation in rushing at 2,083 yards and scored 18 times. He also won the International Bowl’s MVP after his 261 yard game. His hands make him a good option in the passing game, obviously important to the Colts, where he will be trying to bolster the overall running game. He is not a speedy guy and some might also question the Big East and UConn’s schedule as well, but the performances on the field did not lie. Size does matter in the NFL, so time will tell if he can be effective in the backfield.
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