LRU Spotlight: Interview with 2018 NFL Draft Prospect, Najae Brown

Height: 6’0
Weight: 190

Overall: Najae Brown is a senior who played safety. He started off his college career at the University of New Haven before transferring to Central Connecticut State, where he was a two-time captain. In 2017, he played 12 games where he had 67 total tackles and two interceptions. He is a physical defensive back, who displays good coverage skills and can contribute on special teams as a punt returner.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Najae, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his love for football.

C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Central Connecticut State?

NB: Coming out of high school I originally went to the University of New Haven then I transferred to Central Connecticut State after my freshman year.

C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?

NB: I plan on standing out to NFL scouts by not only showing them my physical skills on the field but also with my football IQ.

C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

NB: Some of my strengths would be that I have great technique, I am coachable, I am able to cover, tackle in space, play special teams, and I communicate well with others on the field. I could improve my physical strength.

C: What separates you from the other players at your position?

NB: The thing that separates me from others at my position is that I can cover and tackle pretty well. Some at my position do one better than the other. I take pride in doing both well and being a complete football player.

C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?

NB: The current player I think I resemble is Micah Hyde of the Buffalo Bills. Our games are similar because he’s always making plays around the ball whether its a pass or run. He’s very smooth with everything he does on the field. He also returns punts and I do too.

C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?

NB: The toughest player I’ve played against in my college career would have to be Mike DeCaro. He was my teammate at the University of New Haven. You had to bring your A-game everyday at practice going against him.

C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?

NB: I fell in love with football at 5 years old. That’s when I started playing and I’ve been in love with it every since then.

C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?

NB: Well the night before a game I watch some more film on the team that we are playing the next day. Then on game day I have to listen to my pregame playlist to get my mind right. From there I’m ready to just go out on the field and have fun.

C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?

NB: The most powerful thing that Coach Rossomando said to me was that I was the best player he’s ever coached. I was completely shocked because I knew that he has coached some great players. So for him to tell me that, really let me know that he thought very highly of the way that I play the game.

C: What should people reading this interview know about you?

NB: The most powerful thing that Coach Rossomando said to me was that I was the best player he’s ever coached. I was completely shocked because I knew that he has coached some great players. So for him to tell me that, really let me know that he thought very highly of the way that I play the game.

Locker Room Update would like to thank Najae Brown for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.

You can check out his highlights here.

Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.

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