Denver Broncos: Tale of the tape, jersey number edition
56- Baron Browning vs Al Wilson
Browning (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) vs Wilson (6-foot-0, 240 pounds)
This right here would be the battle.
Baron Browning was the 105th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. While he was a third-round pick, he could be an immediate impact player for this team.
One of the many things that I envy about Browning is his versatility. His ability to play inside linebacker, outside linebacker or even edge rusher will make him a valuable component of this franchise.
Playing under Vic Fangio may also give Browning a headstart in the knowledge department. Coming out of college, Browning was a bit stronger than Wilson as he pressed 225 pounds 23 pounds, compared to Wilson’s 17.
Weight lifting and workouts do not make an NFL linebacker great. To have the sort of success a player like Al Wilson did, the individual must be hardworking, dedicated, physical, intelligent, amongst many other things.
From peaking back at Browning’s tape at Ohio State, he possesses every tool needed to be great at the next level. It is just a matter of if he is able to adjust, like the current king of no. 56 did, Al Wilson.
The former 31st overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, Al Wilson will always be one of my favorite all-time Denver Broncos. Wilson was not only a five-time Pro Bowler for the Denver Broncos, but he was also a First-Team All-Pro in 2005.
During his eight fantastic seasons with the Denver Broncos, he recorded 723 total tackles, 62 tackles for loss, five interceptions, and eight forced fumbles. During his tenure with the Broncos, Wilson was also a very reliable player. From 2000-2006 he only missed four games.
Just look at the image above, how could you not love Al Wilson and his style of play?
My favorite thing about comparing these two players is that their 40 yard dash times were identical, Browning and Wilson both ran a 4.56. These two linebackers both share the same athletic traits, which make this interesting.
It is in my honest opinion that Baron Browning will be a very good player for the Denver Broncos.
That being said, Al Wilson wasn’t just very good, he was great. It will be difficult to reach his level of production.
Advantage: Al Wilson