Arizona Cardinals: Why to watch John Brown

Of all the Arizona Cardinals rookies, none have made more of a stir than third round selection John Brown. As a relatively high draft selection, maybe it’s not as much of a surprise that he’s clicking as quick as he is. But in terms of name recognition, Brown is very much an unknown commodity. I couldn’t even tell you where Pittsburg State was until the Cardinals drafted him.

Kent Somers of AZCentral.com was first to the punch, saying a team source told him “John Brown is blowing everyone away… Explosive and sudden. Great hands and a better route runner than we even thought.”

Many quickly followed suit, and it’s becoming harder and harder to find trepidation towards Brown among the Cardinals media these days.

While I could be a trailblazer and go against what everyone else is saying, it doesn’t seem fair. Brown’s work in minicamp and OTA’s has been enough to turn some heads, so it might just mean something.

So who is John Brown?

Drafted out of Pittsburg State in this past draft, John Brown’s selection was considered by many as reach. Many believed the (height) would cause him to fall. Only 5-10 and 170 pounds, he just doesn’t have the body to be the between-the-numbers receiving threat.

But size isn’t everything. Among his pros are stellar production in college, return skills and leadership. He was a three-time team captain, amassing over 3,000 yards and 39 total touchdowns in his three-year career as a Gorilla. Even if it was against inferior competition, numbers like that speak loudly, and if put in a position to succeed, there’s nothing suggesting that his tools aren’t NFL-caliber.

His height and 40 time (4.34) have led many to compare him to Colts receiver TY Hilton, whose measurables are nearly identical. Hilton caught 50 passes for 861 yards and 7 touchdowns as a benefactor of the Bruce Arians system in 2012, and passed the 1,000 yard mark in 2013.

If he can prove that comparison true, Arizona has in Brown a guy who can bring an element of speed to receiving corps that is lacking in it.

Some even think that Brown could replace veteran Ted Ginn before the season is over. One step at a time, but those are just some of the reactions to what Brown has done in merely a few weeks of camp. If nothing else, he’s the guy to watch as the season draws closer.

Others to watch for: undrafted guard Anthony Steen, who has a legitimate shot to make the 53-man roster, as well as linebacker Glenn Carson.

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