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Arizona Cardinals: Taking a Closer Look at Draft Pick John Brown

May 11th, 2014 at 6:10 AM
By Steve Smith

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The Arizona Cardinals added depth to their receiving corps by drafting wide receiver John Brown of Pittsburg St. (KS) with the 91st overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The 5-foot-10, 179-pounder should help the Red Birds with his speed (he ran a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine) and his special teams ability.

Here is his scouting profile via nfl.com:

Strengths Athletic and flexible. Accelerates off the line. Field fast. Stretches the field and tracks deep throws. Gets in and out of breaks quickly. Good hands. Playmaking ability as a receiver and return man. Has worked as a gunner. Well respected, coachable team captain. Led all receivers at the combine with a 2.46-second time in the 20-yard split.

Weaknesses Lacks ideal size. Has very short arms and small hands. Limited functional strength. Can be jammed and rerouted. Can be outmuscled for contested catches. Cannot bust through tackles. Poor blocker. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

 Bottom Line Lean, fluid, speedy Division II standout with a playmaker's resume. Will have to overcome size and strength limitations, but his burst and hands give him the opportunity to earn a role as a slot receiver and return man.

Overview Has a daughter. From Miami-Dade County in Florida. Began his college career at Mars Hill in 2008, when he played all 11 games (two starts) and caught 27 balls for 619 yards (22.9-yard average) and seven touchdowns. Added 29 kickoff returns for 718 yards (24.8), including an 87-yard score, and 15 punt returns for 117 yards (7.8). Did not play in 2009 (academics). Redshirted at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in 2010. Signed with Division II Pitt State for 2011. Started 12 of 14 games and had 61 catches for 1,216 yards (19.9) and 12 TDs. Also returned 24 kickoffs for 616 yards and one TD, including a 100-yard score and returned 27 punts for 369 yards (13.7), including two scores. Started all 10 games in 2012, with 63 catches for 973 yards (15.4) and eight TDs. Also returned 28 punts for 430 yards (15.4) and one TD and 16 kickoffs for 395 yards (24.7). Started all 12 games in 2013 and posted 61 catches for 1,198 yards (19.6) and 14 TDs. Returned 12 kickoffs for 389 yards (32.4) and one TD and 23 punts for 264 yards (11.5). Was PSU's leading receiver three-straight years. Three-time captain. Did not lift at the combine because of a left A/C joint injury.

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