Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown is confident he has the intangibles to make an NFL roster and contribute at the next level.

“I’ll bring my work ethic above all else, man,” Brown said from this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. “I’m a guy who’s smart, who’s willing to work and I’ll do the right things and make the right choices.”

That said, the 6-foot-1-inch, 235-pound standout also understands the areas of concern folks in the league ould like him to improve upon.

“I know I need to get more physical,” Brown said. “And right now I’m a little light. But my training in the months ahead will take care of that. I just have to remind myself to stay physical and play fast.”

That’s why this week’s stage is important to Brown, who this week is working under the guidance of the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff on the Senior Bowl’s north squad. Brown is relishing the opportunity to showcase his skills and equally enthusiastic to have the ears of the Falcons staff to provide a compass for the early parts of the pre-draft process.

“In a week like this, you have to present yourself,” he said. “That’s why you’re here. It’s something my dad always tried to stress for me. There’s always going to be eyes on you. And talking to the coaching staff here, they can answer little questions about the draft process, about how things work, about how they evaluate a player.

“It’s great to soak up that knowledge. They tell you that you really have to dig in and work with the understanding of the importance of this week. And that a lot of guys may not realize when people are watching them. So continue to make the right decisions and represent yourself the right way.”