Draft Buzz: Catching up With Coastal Carolina DT C.J. Brewer
Coastal Carolina’s, Defensive tackle C.J. Brewer, is a menace in the center of their defense. At 6-2 285 Lbs., Brewer, has been a problem for opposing offenses all season. Already dropping quarterbacks to the tune of 6.5 sacks, while wrecking shop on runners. Brewer has the type of playing style, and size that defensive minds covet, and hope for. What stands out about the Georgia native, is his freakish athleticism. Capable of playing sideline to sideline, while also stopping the run. The big man has light feet, that help him while chasing down runners. Sitting down with Brewer, I asked him about his athletic play, and his take on playing for Coastal Carolina.
” Yeah man I think as far as my athletics, I have always had good feet. I have always been athletic. I think most of it is natural, but also my coaches really preach playing to the whistle. Keep going to the play is done. So I have been able to use my athletic ability to my advantage when I am facing the run. Or trying to break down the guy in front of me, to get a quarterback down. I have always had a pretty good idea of what I was doing with my body. Always been able to take advantage of my skills, so I think that is what you are seeing now.”
Moving forward he spoke about playing at Coastal Carolina?
“Man I love playing here at Coastal. I get that people are going to say things because we play at a lower level, or don’t take on the harder or better teams. But really football is football at the end of it all. So I don’t pay attention to any of that talk. I love it here. We are more like a family than a team. We have great guys in that locker room, as well as our coaches. I feel like they take care of us, and lead us the right way. I had chances at other places, I could of went to other places. But at the end of the day, I am really happy to be here. Things really worked out for the best. I feel like God has a plan, and I am right where I need to be. This is a perfect fit for me.”
Over his time at Coastal, Brewer, has had a good showing as far as stats go. With 163 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles over the last four years. Outside of the stats, Brewer is much more than what is shown on the stat line. He is incredible at clearing space to let his linebackers run free. He has a way of setting the tone on defense and stonewalling the run game. While his play on the field is very impressive, I wanted to know the man outside
“Family man! that’s me all day. I know without them I would be lost. I love my people. I know I am a leader on the team, and I like that. But at home away from the game, I am a guy that just wants to be with my family. Enjoy the time we have together. I am a guy that is really relaxed, very chilled. I don’t look for a crazy time or anything. I don’t go out and act wild. I am low key really. I love just hanging out. So I am pretty easy going.”
Before sitting with Brewer, I asked my scouting source his thoughts on the big man?
“Brewer is the kind of kid that you just love. Size, and speed. He has a violent streak to him but in a good way. You let him get after it, and you see what he can do. I love his skill set. He can help in the run game and then attack the quarterback. I like his hand’s strike and the way he gets the offensive line out of his way. He has that factor to him that you just love. Asking about him you hear the same great stuff. He is a leader, humble, easy to get along with. So that speaks to his locker room presence. You know he is a good teammate, and that all factors in. I think Brewer, is a kid that will be playing on Sundays, it thinks with the development he could be a guy that is making plays. Being a difference-maker.”
Like I always say, just put on the tape and decide for yourself. Brewer, has the skill set, to be a real problem for offenses at the highest level. Add in his great personality, and humble take on life and you have a guy who could be a mainstay for years to come.