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DeAngelo Brown Stars in Shrine Game

By BJ Bennett
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DeAngelo Brown's stock will almost certainly be on the rise after a standout performance at the East-West Shrine Game.

In the summer of 2013, Louisville defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown suffered a trying setback, a torn achilles that halted his progression and forced him to miss all of his true sophomore season. After 14 tackles for loss as a redshirt senior, Brown has come full-circle. He is now a notable prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft, with a profile that is only growing after Saturday.

Brown's stock will almost certainly be on the rise after a standout performance at the East-West Shrine Game. At 6'0'', 310 pounds, he showed a consistent ability to disrupt in practices during the week, a trend that continued through the weekend. Brown emerged with a dominant stop on a 4th-and-1 from the 2-yard line on the first drive of the game; his play proved to be a tone-setter for the entire afternoon. Largely controlling the trenches, Brown finished with four tackles and three tackles for loss.

National Mock Drafts named Brown the contest's top defensive lineman. Multiple outlets offered positive reviews, with many fans sharing in those observations.

Helping to anchor one of college football's top rush defenses the past two years, Brown appears ready to make an impact at the next level. Given his hot finish to the season, 8.5 tackles for loss since the start of November, and his leading efforts over the weekend, expect to hear more about Brown in upcoming pre-draft chatter. He undoubtedly helped his cause in St. Petersburg. 

In addition to his college production, Brown impresses with his physical skills. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports named Brown one of sport's "freaks" back in October, referencing Brown's remarkable totals from the weight room. Feldman dubbed Brown "arguably the strongest man in college football". In addition to that strength, Brown plays with considerable mobility and has a leverage that is difficult to control.    

Brown, as he showed with the Cardinals, is tenacious in both his preparation and his play. Injury couldn't stop Brown from realizing his potential. The next level stands as his next step.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports