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Titans draftee Brown brings coverage skills to team

By Sam McGaw
May 10, 2017
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PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Jayon Brown #12 of the UCLA Bruins reacts after a tackle during the first half of a game against the Oregon State Beavers at The Rose Bowl on November 12, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
  • The Tennessee Titans drafted UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown in the fifth round with hopes he can fill the void left by Sean Spence.
  • Spence, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason, spent 456 of his 503 snaps in nickel personnel with the Titans this past season. His 304 coverage snaps were the second-most for the team’s linebackers.
  • Brown, who was a three-down linebacker for UCLA last season, will likely fill Spence’s role on passing downs for the Titans this season.
  • He was one of the nation’s top coverage linebackers in 2016, recording three interceptions and three pass breakups, while allowing a completion rate of 63.7 percent.
  • Quarterbacks targeting a player in his coverage last season had an NFL QB rating of 50.4, which was the fourth-lowest rate in this year’s linebacker class.
  • His PFF coverage grade of 87.6 last season is the highest for any linebacker that was drafted.

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