WiHi’s Brown just looking for a chance from an NFL team
SALISBURY, Md. – An underdog once again, Nelson Brown is trying to overcome the odds. He first opened eyes as a bulldozing back for WiHi, and he caught the attention of agent Derrick Lewis-El while playing for California University of Pennsylvania.
“Just his total career stats. Like 50 touchdowns, I believe he had over 4,000 yards, and I felt as though he had the talent to play at the next level,” Lewis-El said.
Like hundreds of other draft prospects, Brown’s pro day was canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
This year’s draft process is unlike any other. It’s now up to players and agents to get game tape, workouts, and combine numbers to as many scouts as they can.
“I couldn’t just let the talent, and all the work I put in go unnoticed. So I just had to do one myself,” Brown said.
Lewis-El agreed, saying, “getting reps in front of scouts, getting timed in front of scouts, and things like that. So they can see, although they can’t come to a pro day because it’s been canceled, they can still see him do a 40, him do the 225 bench press, broad jump, things like that.”
The numbers are in. A 4.53 40-yard dash time – the same as Boston College’s AJ Dillon.
He put up 23 reps on the bench press; only four running backs did better at the NFL combine.
The film has some teams doing their homework on bruising runner, including the Lions, Steelers, Colts, and the Eagles. But for Brown, all he needs is one team to give him an opportunity.
“If I don’t get drafted I won’t be mad. Because as long as I get a shot I feel like I’ll be great. If I get accepted into a mini camp, they just would know they’re gonna get everything I got.”