Out of the 35 total left tackles analyzed, former Saints starter Charles Brown ranks 34th. Only Lamar Holmes (Atlanta Falcons) was ranked lower than Brown. Ugh. Here’s what B/R writer Matt Miller had to say about him:
Charles Brown (6’5”, 297 lbs, four seasons) is on the lighter side of most NFL starting left tackles. Because of that relatively thin frame, he needed to display the kind of athleticism that would compensate for his lack of size in the run game. The problem is Brown didn’t show that last season. It’s obvious the switch to the left side was a struggle. He was inconsistent in his drops and often was beaten around the edge simply because of poor footwork.
Brown would lunge at players in the run game and lose his balance when making initial contact. He didn’t show the kind of athleticism you’d expect with his lighter weight, but he could do enough at times on the second level to impede defenders and seal off a lane.
Brown was so bad that he was benched during the course of the season and rookie Terron Armstead did a decent job replacing him. Hopefully Armstead will be the starter at left tackle for the Saints in 2014: I look forward to see his ranking at the end of next season!