Scouting Report: John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State (Arizona Cardinals)

Scouting Report: John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State (Arizona Cardinals)

Another small school guy with a real shot
By: Pete Davidson : May 12, 2014 10:32am

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Today’s report features the newest Arizona Cardinals receiver, John Brown, out of Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Going into the draft, Coach Turner kept making sure that I had the little-known Brown in our pre-draft rankings. I'm glad I listened to him. We’ve been holding off on Brown’s scouting report because there’s a lack of embeddable film, but now that he’s landed a plum gig in Arizona, we will go with what we have. Brown played in the MIAA, and he obviously was able to dominate at times due to soft competition, but his ability is still clear to see on film.

The Cards used the second of their two third round picks (91 overall) to take Brown, so they are serious about him, and we can see why. He’s got a great chance to take over Andre Roberts' old gig as the 3rd receiver--working mostly but not exclusively out of the slot. The Cardinals like to use Larry Fitzgerald in the slot at times, and they can move Brown outside when they choose to do so.

The money question is, how often will they employ a third receiver in 2014?  Brown will need to have a strong camp to earn much optimism on this front and Andre Ellington's ability out of the slot could hurt a bit in the short term.  Still, in the end, Bruce Arians always finds a way to get his playmakers on the field and we see Brown as a playmaker.

Brown received a Combine invite, and his data is as follows.

  • Height - 5’10”
  • Weight - 179
  • 40 - 4.34 (2nd)
  • Vertical Jump - 36.5”
  • Broad Jump - 119”
  • 3-Cone - 6.91
  • 20 YD Shuttle - 4.12
  • 60 YD Shuttle - 11.40

The numbers are respectable overall with a tip of the cap to his 3-Cone and forty times. Only Brandin Cooks ran the forty faster at 4.33.

Things we like about John Brown.

  • Speed - He’s fast on tape for sure and that speed showed up at Indianapolis to the tune of 4.34. He’s a deep threat and an open field threat too.
  • Quickness - Brown is not just fast, he’s quick, and you see that in his 3-Cone time and also on film when you watch his routes and kick returns. He’s quick and sudden.
  • Hands - Brown has very good hands and you can can see good form on the linked film.
  • Routes - Still has some route work to do, but he runs some good routes and makes strong sudden cuts. He’ll round off his out route on occasion, but he shows good form at times too. Brown comes back to the ball very well.
  • Feet - Watch Brown’s feet. They are insanely quick and light. This will help him defeat press coverage at the next level.
  • Versatility - Brown has special teams ability and not just as a returner.  That, along with his 3rd round status, will keep him rostered.
  • Production - Though they are borderline meaningless, Brown did some good things on the stat sheet.

Game Film: Here’s the best game film we can find on Brown.

In summation, we really like what we see from Brown. He’s a good athlete and a very natural receiver. He doesn’t fight the ball and he makes a lot of different kinds of catches look easy. He’s from a small school, but he’s a very talented deep threat who will be playing in a Bruce Arians offense. He’s also about the last guy the defense can be concerned with when you look at Arizona's offense.  We really like his chances to produce on a per-snap basis once he gets in there.

Brown is a player to be drafted in dynasty leagues. We’ll probably have him rated higher than most other outlets. We definitely like him as a hedge for those who own either Fitzgerald or our guy and 2013 sleeper, Michael Floyd. Brown could also end up having some redraft value in deep PPR formats, but he’ll need to impress in camp and that obviously remains to be seen.

Take this guy seriously, folks.



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