30 in 30: Orlando Brown

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Standing at 6-8 and weighting in at 345 pounds, Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Browns is a big man with a mean mentality in the trenches.

“Taking advantage of players, obviously in college football I’m not going to say it’s easy, but they make it seem easy,” he said at the NFL Combine.

The big fella was pegged as a first round selection in this year’s NFL Draft.  And then he had a historically bad combine – which included terrible showing in the 40-yard dash — clocking in at 5.86 seconds.

Now, offensive linemen aren’t normally measured by their 40 times but their ability to block, maintain leverage and keep the QB upright, all of which Brown did last season protecting the blindside of Heisman Trophy Winner Baker Mayfield, never surrendering a sack all season.

“He’s got that linemen mentality that you want.  He’s nasty when it comes to the game of football,” Mayfield told reporters.  “He wants to bury that guy in front of him. And mentally, he wants to be better than them.”

Brown comes from a football family.  His late father, Orlando senior, played for more than a decade in the league.  While the younger says he doesn’t really study his dad’s old tape since the game has changed, growing up around the sport has helped mold a high football IQ.

“That’s honestly my biggest asset,” Brown said.  “I understand the game, I understand the NFL, I understand these schemes and what’s expected.  I’m a good learner and I’m a guy that understands that my job isn’t going to be given, it’s going to have to be taken.”

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