John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State: Division 2

Cardinals, Round 3. He went way higher than, I think, anyone expected – especially for a Division 2 player. But his speed and natural hands are going to do well for him on the Cardinals. And, with Fitzgerald and Floyd on the outsides, Brown could probably excel in the slot, where his lack of strength won’t be a detriment. Will be a nice complementary deep threat the offense needs. And he may even be behind Ted Ginn at the beginning. But the offense isn’t exactly stellar, either way, so don’t expect much out of him in fantasy.

All-Star Games: Shrine Game.

Positives: Has good, natural hands and can extend well for passes away from his body. Very good speed. Focused on the ball in the air and can slip, rebalance, secure the catch and get upfield. Runs above-average routes and is quick out of his breaks. His quickness allows him to get very good separation on routes. Is patient after the catch and on kick returns, and is able to pick his way through traffic following his blocks. Adequate vertical leap for the position. Adequate lateral quickness and ability to change directions in Combine drills.

Negatives: Below-average height and bulk for the position. Small hand size. Though he is quick out of his breaks as a route runner, he’s not as quick into his breaks, and has to dial down a lot before changing direction. Suspect adjustments to off target passes in the air. Poor upper-body strength.

Projection: Draft if you have room to hold him for a year or so, but I really don’t expect him to ever be much more than a WR3 in the pros.

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