Draft Zone Spotlight: Jaron Brown, WR, Clemson University
Jaron Brown was a leader in the locker room for the young Clemson Tigers. Brown worked with DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins to help the growth of their young quarterback Tahj Boyd. Jaron Brown is a sure handed wide receiver, who was named Captain of his football team during his junior year. He was a true vocal leader in the locker room, and was someone over the years that helped the growth of their core receivers and quarterback. Brown dominated the Raycom All Star game in Montgomery, Alabama where he left scouts speechless. He was a player that turned many heads and forced the scouts to go back in the green room and watch his film.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
Response: I really cannot remember the exact number of teams, but I think it was less than a dozen. I ultimately chose Clemson University because I felt that it was the best fit athletically and academically and really loved the family atmosphere on my visit.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
Response: My favorite team was the Oakland Raiders, because my dad has always been a Raiders fan. I grew up watching them and trying to emulate Jerry Rice.
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
Response: I first look at the formation the defense is in. Are they playing zone? Cover 1? Cover 2? Are they manning up? I then look specifically at the person who will be defending me and his technique. I like to find little tendencies these players due that will help me out on the field.
Do you consider yourself a quiet leader or an outspoken role model?
Response: Early in my career, I was more of a quiet leader, just really led by example. As I got older and became one of the veterans at my position and on my team, this made me more vocal and I since have evolved into a more vocal leader.
If you could take one day back and erase it from your past what day would you erase?
Response: I would not want to take back any days, I only want to focus on the future, the past is what got me here today.
Do you have any hobbies, if so tell the world what it is?
Response: I like going to movies and playing video games. I mainly play Call of Duty on my PS3 for leisure time.
Who was the toughest player you have ever played against?
Response: My former teammate, Byron Maxwell. I would go up against this guy every day in practice and we would go back and forth. We helped make each other better every day.
What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
Response: My biggest achievement would be receiving the team captain award for the 2012 season. This was special to me because I was selected by my teammates.
If it was your last meal, what would you eat?
Response: Pizza, that’s my favorite food.
Before the game, what song might I hear on your ipod?
“All of the Lights” –Kanye West. That song really gets me into my zone.
Do you have any pre game rituals?
Response: I always pray and listen to music. I also try to get on the field before pre-game stretch to get a feel of the stadium.
If you could pick out your biggest weakness what would it be?
Response: Stamina, playing in a fast-paced offense the past few seasons helped tremendously with stamina and endurance.
Have you talked to any NFL scouts throughout this process, and what feedback are you getting?
Response: I have talked to a couple scouts and the feedback I get the most is to remain humble and keep working hard.
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
Response: Anquan Boldin
What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?
Response: I lost my Grandfather while still in college and this inspired me to not take any days off and continue to strive towards my goals.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
Response: I want to buy my mom something very nice.
If you could meet one person, dead or alive who would it be and why?
Response: Jerry Rice, because he is the Greatest WR to ever play the game and I would gain a lot of knowledge just from having one conversation with this guy.