Draft day sleeper? Senior Bowl director says some NFL teams see Baron Browning as 'Day 1 stater'
Former Ohio State linebacker Baron Browning is impressing during the pre-draft process.
On Saturday morning, Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy sent out a very promising evaluation for Browning. Nagy says he could be the ‘highest ceiling’ outside linebacker in the draft and that NFL teams see him as a day one starter at the SAM.
Could make a strong case @OhioStateFB Baron Browning (6031v, 241v, 33 arm, 81 wing) is highest ceiling OLB in 2021 draft. Potential do-it-all ‘backer stood out as edge-setter, rusher, & dropper at @seniorbowl. NFL teams see him as Day 1 starting SAM. #TheDraftStartsInMobile pic.twitter.com/rd46mDwjbz
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) February 20, 2021
Browning has always been an elite athlete, standing out as a 5-star recruit in the class of 2017.
His most productive year as a Buckeye came in 2019. During his junior season, Browning recorded 43 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and five sacks — all career highs by a wide margin.
Browning is not currently expected to go in the first round but things could still change as the pre draft process moves forward.
The NFL scouting combine is virtual this year, but teams will be able to evaluate Browning at Ohio State’s pro day, which is set for March 30. Browning should be able to impress teams with his explosive athleticism during pro day.
The NFL draft is set for April 29-May 1.