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Posted on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 : 2:45 p.m.

Michigan's Stevie Brown could be late-round pick in NFL draft

By Dave Birkett


Michigan's Stevie Brown shows the referee the ball after he thought he had picked off Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi during third quarter action of the Wolverine's 30-28 loss to the Hawkeyes last season.

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A month ago, Stevie Brown looked like a long shot to get drafted. He played out of position as a senior, didn’t get invited to the NFL combine and didn’t play in any postseason all-star games.

But with a strong showing at Michigan’s pro day earlier this month, Brown helped his stock enough that he might sneak into the later rounds.

He ran the 40-yard dash in about 4.5 seconds (depending on which scout you ask) and did well enough in position drills that two teams - the Oakland Raiders on April 11 and Cincinnati Bengals on April 14 - already have plans to bring him in for a private workout.

“I think when I didn’t get the combine invite, it hurt a little bit but it was just something that made me work harder whenever I was out training,” Brown said. “It just made me have to do that much better at my pro day, which I thought I did well.”

Brown said he talked to one NFL assistant coach Monday who suggested something that might have been in the back of his mind all along - that he slipped through the cracks playing out of position.

A safety his first three years at Michigan, Brown moved to outside linebacker last year after an up-and-down junior season at new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson’s request.

He led Michigan with 80 tackles, had one interception and was generally one of the bright spots on a unit that severely underperformed. But at a bulked-up 212 pounds and a shade under 6-foot, no team considers him a linebacker in the NFL.

Still, Brown said the position change was a positive in the long run.

“It showed that I can take on blocks, showed that I can get down in the box if I need to,” Brown said. “If they want to drop a safety in the box, it shows I can blitz. I led the team in tackles so obviously it showed that I can tackle, and tackling in space as well. It showed I had a lot of versatility.”

After spending most of January and February training at Perfect Competition in Davie, Fla., Brown is back on campus now working out with some of Michigan’s other draft hopefuls. Defensive end Brandon Graham is a projected first-round pick, cornerback Donovan Warren should go in the middle rounds, and running back Brandon Minor and punter Zoltan Mesko are potential late-round choices.

Brown said he expects to hear his name called sometime during the April 22-24 NFL draft, but he’s not consumed by speculation where he'll go.

“It’s like, you hear one thing the TV’s saying, you hear some other stuff that some teams are saying, but you never know until the day of the draft what’s actually going to happen,” Brown said. “It’s kind of one of those patient games you got to have right now. It’s hard waiting and just wondering.”

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.



Tue, Mar 30, 2010 : 9:39 p.m.

Hey, I like to hear about our former UM FB stars in the NFL or hoping to get in the NFL. Not many places I get to read about them so for one, I like these type writings. @Terry Star21, again keep writing you have some good informative info, it like Coach Rod he is so good people hates him and write bad things about him though hang in there Terry Star21 sir.


Tue, Mar 30, 2010 : 8:22 p.m.

Yes, good luck to all of our seniors. Ouch, a picture from the Iowa game. We should've won at Iowa City. Just a season of really close games and a little bad luck.


Tue, Mar 30, 2010 : 2:44 p.m.

I love my Wolverines and am here to support Terry Star and his merry men as they crush all competition from here to forever. Ohio State is terrible and I am glad that I now hate them with a passion. Go Blue!!!!!

Terry Star21

Tue, Mar 30, 2010 : 2:06 p.m.

The best of luck to Stevie, Brandon G., Donovan, Brandon M., and Zoltan - UM FB in the NFL isn't just for our quarterbacks, love to see them make it.... wish we had them back this year! Stev.,Brand.,Donv.,Brand., & Zolt. - NFL Stars....... I have nothing here! - 0