40: 4.44 (Campus)
PROS: Is tough for size and willing to take the hit over the middle. Has nice hands and tracks ball well in air, and able to extend to make grab with good body control. Is dangerous after the catch because of his burst and speed. Shifty runner as a return threat.
CONS: Lacks size and not great in traffic, with a tendency to drop passes when there's traffic. Durability is a concern. Needs to polish up his route-running. And has a tendency to dance too much as a returner.
OVERVIEW: He's a smallish receiver that is able to make plays because of his speed and toughness. Was plagued by a sprained ankle late this past year which was still sore at his March 10 pro day. Only posted a 28-inch vertical at his pro day. For a guy his size you'd like to see him in the upper 30s to try and make up for his lack of size. Had best year as a senior with 55 catches for 1150 yards and 9 touchdowns, which eclipsed his totals from two previous seasons.
NFL FORECAST: He can stick on the next level, but mainly as a special teams guy. He can add value in the slot and has speed to burn. Teams can use him on screens and end-arounds, but because of his lack of size he's not going to be a conventional weapon on offense. He'll more like Eric Weems than he will be like Wes Welker. And thus, I don't see him developing into a No. 3 receiver, instead a fourth guy that an inventive coach will use as a change of pace, not a go-to option. His true value will likely come on specail teams. Projects better on punts than kickoffs due to his tendency to dance. But has the burst and speed to be a weapon on either and make the big plays.
ATL FORECAST: Brown might be better than Weems, but they basically fill the same niche. So unless he came in right away and outplayed Weems as a return threat, he'd be hard-pressed to make the roster. The coaches would like his toughness, but his value at least early in his career will extend only as far as his contributions on special teams. He might get occasional work on offense, but probably only have 5-10 catches in a given season.
VALUE: He's worth drafting for a team that targets him as a returner first. But even then, the earliest you should take him is the fifth or sixth round.
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