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Player: Arthur Brown
School: Kansas State
Queen City Sports Ranking: 3rd
In a draft filled with uncertainty, Arthur Brown seems like one of the safer picks in the draft, although he had a rocky start to his college career. Brown started his collegiate career at the University of Miami but he seldom played. Although he was a big-time recruit for Miami, Brown was buried on the team’s depth chart for two seasons. The team attempted to move Brown to ILB his sophomore season, but most of his playing time came on the scout time.
Brown left Miami after his sophomore season and joined Kansas State. At K-State, Brown found instant success. In his junior season, Brown notched 101 total tackles, two sacks and an interception. Kansas State finished the 2011 season 10-3 record and Brown’s play was a significant reason for the team’s strong season.
Brown’s senior season at Kansas State ended with an 11-2 record and an appearance in a BCS Bowl, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. On the season, Brown had 100 total tackles, one sack, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown. Brown was a second team Walter Camp All-American in 2012, as well as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Outstanding sideline to sideline speed
Versatile. Could play ILB or OLB in the NFL
Aggressive on the field
Uses hands well
Strong in coverage
Lacks ideal size (6’0″)
Struggled at times to shed blocks
Not a playmaker in terms of sacks, interceptions or forced fumbles
Buffalo may be better off drafting a hybrid OLB/DE type of player like Dion Jordan or Barkevious Mingo, but if both players are taken early, Brown would be a great consolation prize. Brown hasn’t had any issues with injuries or character concerns. The closest Brown came to a character concern was when he was accused of receiving illicit benefits from a Miami booster. That said, Brown was cleared of any wrong-doing. Brown may move up in the draft as two OLB that he’s competing with, Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, both have red flags. Jones has spinal stenosis which may scare many teams into dropping Jones on their boards and Ogletree has had a few character issues during his time in Georgia. Any team that is looking for an instinctive linebacker would benefit from adding Brown to their roster. His ability to read plays and make tackles makes him appealing to most, if not all teams.
Where he goes: Mid-1st Round
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