Arthur Brown I Kansas State I ILB/OLB I 6010 I 228 I Senior
40 Time (E): 4.55
Overview: Arthur Brown is the brother of Eagles running back Bryce Brown. A highly touted recruit out of Wichita High School East. Brown signed with Miami and played two seasons before transferring to Kansas State. Brown never looked back at KSU as he became one of the top linebackers in the country. In two seasons as KSU’s starting MLB, Brown amassed 192 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 3 interceptions. Brown is a bit undersized at 6-foot-1 and just shy of 230 pounds but makes up it with explosiveness and instincts. Brown could be utilized as an inside backer or weakside linebacker in a four man front.
Pass Rush: Brown didn’t rush the passer a ton as an inside backer at KSU. With his athleticism and closing burst it would be hard to imagine that Brown couldn’t be an effective pass rusher at the next level.
Run Defense: Brown’s size should be a deterrent to his effectiveness in the run game. I don’t see that on tape. Brown’s aggressive nature and instincts have him in the right place at the right time. His speed and ability to read and react have him beating blockers to the punch on many occasions. Brown has fierce hands that keep OL away from his chest. He stacks and sheds as well as any linebacker in the draft. Brown’s physicality outweighs his size as he often is the one delivering the blow in the hole against guys that outweigh him by almost 100 pounds.
Pass Coverage: An underrated aspect of Arthur Brown’s game is his ability in pass coverage. His eyes are phenomenal as a linebacker with the ability to read quarterbacks like a safety. Brown picked off three passes at KSU, one of which ended Geno Smith’s streak of consecutive passes without an INT. Brown will be an asset to any team in terms of pass coverage.
Instincts/Read and React: Brown diagnoses plays as well as any linebacker in the draft, including Manti Te’o. His eye discipline and study of game shows up on a weekly basis. Once Brown reads the flow of the play he uses his burst/athleticism to beat blockers to the punch as well as any linebacker in the draft.
Size/Strength/Athleticism: Brown’s size is going to be cause for concern for many teams. I don’t believe it’s enough to keep him out of round one of April’s draft. I believe all 43 teams will take a look at his overall game and determine whether he’s an ILB or OLB in their system. Brown is strong at the point of attack and uses his leverage to his advantage against bigger linemen. He’s an elite athlete that should run and test well at the Combine. He’s a true sideline to sideline ‘backer as evidenced in 2011 when he was used to spy Robert Griffin III and held him in check as KSU knocked off a very good Baylor team.
Bottom Line: Arthur Brown will be a starting linebacker in year one and should be drafted later on day one of April’s draft. His size could be an issue for teams but he’s as sound as any ILB in the draft. With the instincts and athleticism to be an impact player, I truly believe this guy is going to be a star in the league. There are plenty of undersized LB’s making an impact on today’s game; a couple of them will be heading to Canton when their careers are over. I’m not saying Brown is Ray Lewis but he has many of the same attributes that make Lewis great. I believe Brown is a guy that teams look back on and say why did we pass on that guy. There’s just not a lot of holes in his game.