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John Brown Adds Speed Dimension to Arizona Cardinals

July 24th, 2014 at 6:21 AM
By Steve Smith

You can't teach speed as the old saying goes.

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Speed changes the complexion of a NFL game.

Not much was known about wide receiver John Brown when the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the third round of this year's NFL Draft in New York City.

The Pittsburg State product made himself known though during team OTA's. Now training camp beckons for the rookie.

Brown is just 5-foot-10 and weighs 179 pounds. He matriculated at a Division Two school.

However Brown has excellent speed. He'll add another dimension to Arizona's passing attack during the 2014 campaign.

Head coach Bruce Arians has been impressed by what he's seen from Brown so far.

"He's way ahead of most rookies, and coming from a small school, that's unusual," Arians said via azcardinals.com. "It doesn't overwhelm him at all. He learns fast and he can apply it fast."

Let's take a look at his updated scouting report via our friends at 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. Impressive speed receiver.

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  Brown was a 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. Fine talent.

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