The 2014 NFL Draft Combine is underway, and Sunday was the day for offensive skill players to take the stage. So while many were expecting the arms of Blake Bortles and David Fales and the legs of Brandin Cooks and Odell Beckham Jr. to put on a show, it was Pittsburg State’s John Brown who made one of the biggest statements.
The small school receiver from Kansas ran an unofficial 4.30 40-yard dash with an explosive 1.50 10-yard split. He measured in at only 5’10” and 179 pounds, and has smaller than ideal 8 1/2″ hands, but he showed the ability to haul in the football with ease anyways.
During all drills, he showed incredible technique as a route runner and a catcher, using his smaller hands to secure the catch in the gauntlet drill while adjusting well to the ball in deep ball drills. NFL Network’s Michael Irvin was impressed by his technique as well, praising his elbow placement on deep ball adjustments.
He scored 17 touchdowns at DII Pittsburg State last year, with 14 through the air, two on the ground, and one on a kickoff return. He averaged almost 20 yards per catch and 6 yards per carry on offense, and over 30 yards per kickoff return. He holds every record in Pittsburg State history for a receiver, and was dominant at his level.
The Buccaneers need more speed on the roster, so a player like Brown would be a worthy addition late in the draft. He provides a well-rounded skillset with explosive athletic ability, and adds a special teams talent that Lovie Smith covets.
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