East-West Prospect Profile: Xavier BrewerJanuary 23rd, 2013
Joe spoke with five prospects last week at the East-West Shrine practices and game that could be targets of the Bucs, three cornerbacks, one safety and one linebacker. The Bucs have a pattern for prospects: multiple years as a starter, played for a big-time program or conference, and served as a team captain. The Bucs rarely deviate from this pattern. Some have met all three qualifications for a Bucs draftee; some have not.
Name: Xavier Brewer
Size: 5-11, 190
Started: Three years
Captain: Yes, one year (only seniors eligible).
Have Bucs representatives spoken to him?: Yes.
Background: Fits the mold of what the Bucs want: A versatile guy who can play both safety and corner, a veteran starter who often faced athletes, whether it was against Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech, or Clemson’s annual games against SEC schools including Auburn and South Carolina. In short, Brewer is battle-tested. Also, Brewer boasts that he grew up a Bucs fan.
Sales pitch to Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik: “You should draft me because of my understanding of the game. I have played safety. I have played corner. I have played nickel. I have played in dime packages. I’m going to help you in special teams. I will you all I have all the time. I have good speed, good skill, good speed, good quickness and can play any position in the secondary.”
Profile: Joe liked the way Brewer was a second skin on receivers in the East-West practices, especially guys who had a distinct size advantage on him. Brewer made bigger receivers work and he seemed to always find a way, an angle, a position, to make it difficult for receivers to gain an advantage, almost like boxing out in basketball. Even some receivers had six inches on Brewer and not only did Brewer not let that stop him, he found a way to either get the ball or jam the receiver up physically. In other words, Brewer has football smarts.
Against one of the better SEC teams this season, South Carolina, Brewer had such a good game he was named “ACC Defensive Back of the Week.” The Jacksonville native had a career-high 12 tackles, including nine individual tackles. He had three more tackles than his closest teammate. He also had two tackles for loss, a sack, a pick and three total passes defended. Brewer became the first Clemson player to record a sack and an interception in the same game since Rashard Hall did it against Boston College in 2009. In the Chicken Bowl in December against LSU, Brewer had six tackles, three of which were solo.
Cool thing about Brewer is, he never tried to hide from Joe how much of a Bucs fan he was as a kid.
“I always looked up to Ronde Barber,” Brewer said. “What a great opportunity it would be if the Bucs picked me to come and allow me to play to the best of my ability.”
Here are a couple of Brewer’s highlights facing South Carolina last fall.