Marquise Brown

WR Oklahoma

5-10, 168, #1

The Best Pure Speed WR in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

But... 

By TOM

Brown only played in the FBS for two season, but they were some damn good seasons. He had two straight 1,000-yard seasons. He garnered 2,413-yards and 17 TDs. He was the fastest guy out in space in college the past two years. And not just pure sprint. He could run a marathon between whistles. He got open late a lot, just because the DBs could go full out for as long as he could. 

It is amazing how he gets open consistently over the top. He doesn't run a lot of pattern but he just keeps on running. And run patterns faster than anyone in this Draft.  You'd think someone would bracket him somewhat. He has great hands catch the deep ball in space. He never seems to drop it when he is wide open, and he is wide open a lot. He gets open in pattern, if not better, than any WR in this Draft. He is tiny, and his ability to break down everyone is the only reason he is in the 1st. 

He misses the Combine do to surgery to repair his Lisfranc, which is a torn ligament and/or a broken bone in the middle of the foot. Foot injuries have always been the worst to overcome of all sports injures. Until he is working out on the field after a successful surgery. I will not have him rated as a 1st. But that certainly doesn't mean he won't go in the 1st. 

2018: An AP, ESPN and Sports Illustrated First-Team All-American ... AFCA and FWAA Second-Team All-American ... a first-team All-Big 12 honoree by league’s coaches and media ... Biletnikoff Award semifinalist ... played in all 14 games ... ranked 14th nationally with 94.1 receiving yards per game ... his 1,318 receiving yards rank as fourth most in school single-season history ... registered 10 receiving touchdowns ... tied for national lead in receptions of 40-plus yards (11), 50-plus yards (seven) and 60-plus yards (four) ... logged six games with at least 100 receiving yards ... paired with CeeDee Lamb to give OU its first duo to each record at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season ... limited by foot injury vs. No. 1 Alabama in CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl (12/29) and did not register a reception ... caught five passes for 54 yards in Big 12 Championship versus Texas (12/1) before exiting game in third quarter due to injury ... hauled in a career-high 11 passes for 243 yards (second most in OU history) and two touchdowns in win at No. 12 West Virginia (11/23).

Brown is the best pure speed receiver in this Draft, But damn he's small. "I've been undersized all my life," Brown said. "So that's never stopped me." He showed up at OK at 144-pounds. 

He is a JuCo kid who only played two seasons at OK. "I feel like my speed has grown. The weight room really played a part in it. I got stronger, and I can feel myself moving faster than I was," Brown said. "I wanted to become a better player all around, not just a wide receiver. You know: blocking, catching the ball, and being consistent. I think I'm going to bring a lot more physicality to the field and a lot more leadership. And more big plays." He is the fastest WR running patterns in this Draft.

He's used to being smaller than the rest. "All my life, I was pretty much faster than everyone. I first played for the Northeast Eagles in Hollywood. You're supposed to start when your six but I started when I was five, playing padded tackle football," Brown said. "I was always the smallest guy. I probably weighed 30 pounds, and I took a lot of hard hits. I learned early that you've got to bounce up. You're not really that hurt. It's more of the hit that keeps you down. If nothing is broken, you can always get up. If I ever take a shot, I'm bouncing back up and letting you know that you did not affect me." But in the NFL size matters most. 

Brown is certainly a WR the Pats will be looking at. "His growth has been as much as anybody I can remember in such a short amount of time. I mean, keep in mind, last year even about halfway throughout the season, he was a reserve for us. He was a two," OK HC Riley said. "Really took off the second half of last year, has gained confidence. He’s continued to practice hard, practice fast, plays that way. Been very coachable, and he’s just continued to get better and better. He’s been one of the more explosive players in the country now for about a year and a half, and it’s been a huge part of our offense," He works hard, is tough, and has improved each season. 

He is a smaller slot-like WR, but he played outside because of his speed. At his best he could be a smaller, but faster and quicker, Brandin Cooks. In the Pats system they like the Slot WR above the rest, and a Slot guy who can run patterns inside and still have the speed to take the top off the defense is a valued weapon. 

Brown looks like a Patriots Slot-Guy, but he doesn’t really play that way. He is really more of a speed guy, who can fly past anyone. That has not really worked out well with Dorsett and Cooks. At Miami Dorsett was the guy who took the top off the defense. The Patriots have misused him in their offense and tried to turn him into a slot-guy. But his game, like Brown, is speed and not quick cuts, finding the holes in middle, and explosion outside. 

So while he looks like a Patriots WR, I’m not really sure he is. Can he play the short game? Or is he just a long con guy? He is as explosive off the snap as any WR in this this Draft, but he usually uses that to take the deep outside, not the inside or crossing patterns. So if he's there in the 2nd? I don’t think the Pats would take him. But I will be watching how he runs short patterns at the Combine very closely. 

He will block for his teammates, or at least stick a shoulder into a DB. He is not going to grab shirt and ride a DB out of the play. He just doesn’t have the size or strength. But he does give good effort blocking, initially. He will also hustle after a CB who intercepted the ball, and at least give good effort trying to tackle him. 

What sets him set him apart is he is the best WR in this Draft at tracking the deep ball and going and getting it. He also might be the best WR at catching the deep-deep balls, 40-plus yards down field. He is untouchable 40-plus yards downfield. He is not a slot guy. He is a deep threat guy. He would be scary on KC with Mahomes throwing to him.  

Alabama: He did not have a catch in the 1st Half against Alabama. Struggled in the playoff game when he had to face CBs who could get physical with him. They lined him up in the backfield, and ran the option sometimes. Great quicks with the ball in his hands. They will run screens, and he is so quick bobbing and weaving behind his blockers that it is fun to watch. 

He is using his speed better this season. He remind me of David Patton. Great feet on the Sideline. He knows how to go up high and still get one foot in. He is such a great pure speed dude. With what Tyreek Hill is doing at KC, he will go higher than you think. 

Texas: He can track the ball behind his head, looking back, to try and trick the CB. He is as slippery as they come in the open field. He can make a guy miss with speed to the corner, and a quick hop cut. He is amazingly sudden and dangerous in the open field. He got hurt in the Conferences Champ Game. Sprained the top of his left foot, and they taped him up. 

Elite quick feet and COD on release to break free over the middle off the release. He is so small, but he is the quickest guy in this Draft in the open field. He can make Corners look terrible on the inside out move. He can make the CB drag him down with his great burst in cuts. He is so dynamic when they throw to him short and let him run. He dropped one against Texas. 

He can get awfully quiet, but then boom he is gone. He was a ghost against Texas, and then caught an 80-yard pass for an amazingly easy looking TD. When he is running he makes great Corners look slow. Great speed once he gets outside to the edge. He is a pure space player. A water-bug with 4.3 speed. 

2017: Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by league's coaches ... played in 13 games and made eight starts ... team-high 1,095 receiving yards ranked eighth in single-season school history ... averaged 19.2 yards per catch to rank 18th nationally and hauled in seven touchdown passes ... posted team highs of eight catches and 114 yards while scoring a touchdown vs. Georgia in CFP Semifinal at Rose Bowl (1/1) ... led team with 87 receiving yards and a touchdown on three catches against2017: Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by league's coaches ... played in 13 games and made eight starts ... team-high 1,095 receiving yards ranked eighth in single-season school history ... averaged 19.2 yards per catch to rank 18th nationally and hauled in seven touchdown passes ... posted team highs of eight catches and 114 yards while scoring a touchdown vs. Georgia in CFP Semifinal at Rose Bowl (1/1) ... led team with 87 receiving yards and a touchdown on three catches against TCU in Big 12 Championship Game (12/2).

Brown Vs Texas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhkVapF1vQ4

Brown Vs. WVU 2018:

Vs. WVU: He hauled in a career-high 11 passes for 243 yards (second most in OU history) and two touchdowns in win at No. 12 West Virginia (11/23).

He knows how to run deep patterns to get open deep (or as deep as you can get at the 25;). Watch the feet as he pretended to wind down in pattern, and then broke behind the DBs (:01). He has that knack for finding the holes in the zone deep. He runs to the open spot for the QB to throw into, and goes and gets the ball as well as anyone in this Draft. He also has great natural hands, and doesn’t fight the ball at all. 

He will play in the slot. At his size he has to be both fast and quick. But you can see here he uses more speed breaking outside than quicks or explosion (:14). Sort of in the slot again. Watch the feet, balance, and lean as he bursts back to the QB for the Screen (:23). But when he runs with the ball in his hands he looks more like a speed guy, as he smashes into two DBs, and doesn’t even seem to try to explode laterally.

Here he is at his most comfortable, as the X WR. He has the quicks. Watch the three quick bursts on the little screen. He needs to show those bursts in longer patterns and breaking over the middle (:30). Nice pattern on the deep Out, and he comes back to the ball (might have been a Dig?). He knows how to get open in intermediate and deep patterns, and has smooth easy hands (:44). Watch how fast he crushes the cushion here. That is why he is going to get drafted early (:54). Another great thing he does consistently is that he continues to run the pattern, even when it seems the pattern is taking too long. He gets deep, gives a little hitch almost, and cut over the middle as the QB had no pressure. It was continuing to run the pattern that got that TD.

He saw his QB in trouble, and came back to help him (1:37). This is the kind of slot guy he can be. Watch the speed as he dragged across the field. Once he catches it on the other side, he is gone. No one who was covering him on the other side of the field is anywhere near him (1:48). His initial burst, natural hands, and speed in pattern is what makes him special.

But is he a slot guy? He just ran across the field and out speeds everyone to the opposite corner. His speed in pattern has to be the tops in this Draft (1:48). He also has some subtle, or small moves at full speed in pattern that are special. But I’m not sure has those special moves on short patterns in the slot (1:48). His best moves are the little ones he does a full speed that most other guys can’t do at that speed (2:33). Watch the quick little jab step, and break inside that burst him past two guys (2:33). His ability to make a little move at 4.3 speeds is great. Then he tracks the ball easily and catches it naturally, and if not for a facemask that was a TD.

Great move off the snap. He has the feet and quicks to play inside, but he doesn’t have the instincts or experience to do it yet (2:56). His speed is so dangerous that when he just stops he is wide open. Close to a nice slot pattern (3:12). He is the slot guy in Trips (3:19). Nice release, but he uses it to get outside and up field. That is really just a fade from the inside. And that is a great Dangerous weapon. 

Look at this catch. He is a great weapon for an O-Coordinator that likes to go deep. Now maybe with Brady nearing the end, they will be changing the offense. I’d love to see him doing that for the Pats. But I’m just not sure he fits, and they ain’t changing the offense for a rookie. McDaniels and Brady would have to commit to changing the offense to a little more deep outside stuff to take him in the 1st. Though he does remind me a lot of Brandon Cooks. That is how Cooks looked at Oregon ST. He was just impossible to stop vertically, but he was going to get himself beat up inside. 

However, he has that short drag pattern down. I have never seen him run a Jerk-route, or the quick In, or a read and adjust pattern. But that speed to the corner and down field is beautiful (3:35). He makes it so tempting to take him. He might be the most dynamic WR in the open field, where he show some great quicks to compliment his speed (3:52). I mean, he is cut off by the DB, and speeds through the high shoulder grab, and finds another gear as he turned up field. Then shows some speed-quicks weaving around the mere mortals trying to slow down, like Apollo in the open field.

And this is why doing Tape can be so frustrating. Just as I convinced myself he can’t run quick patterns inside, or read the defense and make the adjustment, like finding the hole in the zone? He friggin’ does it (4:05). He shows the speed down the seam, and then stops before the DB, and breaks inside with some great quicks (and a hop;). Then he sinks into the hole, like he is a Patriots slot guy. Most importantly he catches it high over his head. He really has great soft hands. Then the elite quick burst after the catch to not just make two guys miss, but he put them on the ground. That is a Patriots WR on that one play. But he is still 99% more Cooks than Edelman. 

Brown Vs WVU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPzLLw3cK20

Brown's Official Bio:

2018: An AP, ESPN and Sports Illustrated First-Team All-American ... AFCA and FWAA Second-Team All-American ... a first-team All-Big 12 honoree by league’s coaches and media ... Biletnikoff Award semifinalist ... played in all 14 games ... ranked 14th nationally with 94.1 receiving yards per game ... his 1,318 receiving yards rank as fourth most in school single-season history ... registered 10 receiving touchdowns ... tied for national lead in receptions of 40-plus yards (11), 50-plus yards (seven) and 60-plus yards (four) ... logged six games with at least 100 receiving yards ... paired with CeeDee Lamb to give OU its first duo to each record at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season ... limited by foot injury vs. No. 1 Alabama in CFP Semifinal at the Orange Bowl (12/29) and did not register a reception ... caught five passes for 54 yards in Big 12 Championship versus Texas (12/1) before exiting game in third quarter due to injury ... hauled in a career-high 11 passes for 243 yards (second most in OU history) and two touchdowns in win at No. 12 West Virginia (11/23) ... reeled in eight passes for 142 yards and a score versus Oklahoma State (11/10) ... had nine catches for 131 yards and two scores against Texas in the Red River Shootout (10/6) ... made five catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns versus Baylor (9/29) ... hauled in nine passes for 191 yards and one score against Iowa State (9/15) ... set school record against Cyclones for receiving yards in a half with 189 in first half ... made four catches for 88 yards and a touchdown against UCLA (9/8) ... registered six catches for 133 yards and a score in season opener versus Florida Atlantic (9/1).

2017: Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by league's coaches ... played in 13 games and made eight starts ... team-high 1,095 receiving yards ranked eighth in single-season school history ... averaged 19.2 yards per catch to rank 18th nationally and hauled in seven touchdown passes ... posted team highs of eight catches and 114 yards while scoring a touchdown vs. Georgia in CFP Semifinal at Rose Bowl (1/1) ... led team with 87 receiving yards and a touchdown on three catches against TCU in Big 12 Championship Game (12/2) ... had two catches for 64 yards in start against West Virginia (11/25) ... registered four catches for 31 yards and a touchdown at Kansas (11/18) ... made two receptions for 56 yards in start against TCU (11/11) ... caught career-high nine passes for school-record 265 yards and two touchdowns in start at Oklahoma State (11/4) to earn Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors ... recorded five receptions for 49 yards and a score in start against Texas Tech (10/28) ... led team with 126 receiving yards on six catches at Kansas State (10/21) ... made four catches for 73 yards against Texas (10/14) ... earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors after catching six passes for 155 yards (including an 87-yard touchdown) against Tulane (9/16) ... made OU debut with three catches for 32 yards against UTEP (9/2).

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Early enrollee ... ranked as a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports ... rated the No. 10 junior college player in the country by Rivals, No. 11 by Scout, No. 13 by ESPN and No. 24 by 247Sports ... touted as the third-best juco wide receiver by 247Sports and ESPN ... led College of the Canyons with 50 receptions for 754 yards and 10 touchdowns ... returned 13 kickoffs for 402 yards and a touchdown and returned nine punts for 182 yards and another score as a freshman ... chose Oklahoma over TCU, Tennessee and USC, among others.

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