Former Louisville linebacker Preston Brown became the fourth Cardinal to hear his name called in the 2014 NFL Draft when the Buffalo Bills selected him in the third round on Friday night.
Here's a portion of the release from U of L:
A second team All-American Athletic Conference selection, Brown led the Louisville Cardinals in tackles as a junior (109) and senior (98). In his senior year, he posted 4.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss, along with returning a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown against Memphis.
"I think tackling is one of the best things I do. It's one of the main parts of the game," Brown said after being selected. "You've got to be able to tackle, especially if you're going to be a linebacker. I try to be around the ball as much as I can and get forced fumbles anyway I could when I was around the ball."
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Brown was a member of one of the nation's top defenses last season. The Cardinals and Michigan State (252.2 ypg) were the only two teams to hold opponents to lower than 280 yards in total offense per game in 2013. The Cardinals were also one of just three major colleges to limit opposing ball carriers to under 100 yards per game. Brown helped guide the Cardinals to a 12-1 record, matching a school record for victories.
Bills Director of Player Personnel knows he got a solid and productive player in Brown.
"Physically he has size right off the bat," Monos said. "He plays hard; you see him all over the field. He plays on the other side of the ball and has good tackles for loss. He can go side to side. He's probably better against the run than the pass right now, but he can do both. He's a very good athlete."
Major congrats to Preston, who was as solid as can be for the past four years.