Arthur Brown (American football)

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Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown Ravens Stadium Practice 2013.jpg
Brown at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2013.
No. 59 Baltimore Ravens
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Wichita, Kansas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Wichita (KS) East
College: Kansas State
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles: 15
Quarterback sacks: 0.5
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 1
Stats at NFL.com

Arthur Brown, Jr. (born June 17, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State, where he earned All-American honors.

Early years[edit]

Brown was born in Wichita, Kansas. He attended Wichita High School East in Wichita, and played high school football for the Wichita East Blue Aces. As a sophomore and junior he was a consensus first-team Class 6A all-state selection and as a junior he was named to the Wichita Eagle "Second 11" all-state team. Brown registered 154 tackles (111 solo) and 7 sacks as a sophomore starter at linebacker in 2005, but also rushed for 462 yards at fullback. As a junior, Brown had 158 tackles, eight sacks and an interception.

Brown attended the 2006 Oklahoma summer camp where he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.68 seconds.[1] He also had an impressive performance at the 2007 U.S. Army Combine, and announced in June 2007 that he would participate in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[2]

Pete Carroll said that Brown was the best linebacker that he had seen in seven years—referring to D. J. Williams—, while Bob Stoops predicted Brown would win the Dick Butkus Award two times.[3] Primarily because of the Brown brothers, ESPNU nationally televised a matchup between East and Dodge City High School on September 7, 2007.[4] Following the 2007 season, USA Today recognized him as a high school All-American.

Recruiting[edit]

Brown was considered the top prospect to come out of Wichita since Barry Sanders and Kamerion Wimbley. In September 2007, Brown announced that the schools he planned to visit were Alabama, Louisiana State, North Carolina, Miami (FL), and Southern California.[5] Oklahoma, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Florida, and Georgia, whom he had already visited, were still on his list of ten. Though some predicted Brown would ultimately choose Oklahoma,[6] he eliminated OU along with Alabama, Georgia Tech, and Georgia in early November.[7] On December 5, he eliminated Kansas State from his list.[8] Brown was down to Louisiana State, North Carolina, Miami (FL), Southern California, and Florida, but with no clear front runner, when he held a press conference on December 17 at the Kansas Hall of Fame to announce his decision.[9] He decided to attend the University of Miami.

College career[edit]

Brown initially attended the University of Miami, and played for the Miami Hurricanes football team. He struggled during his freshman year despite being Miami's top-rated recruit. Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon decided to move Brown from weakside to inside linebacker for his sophomore season, saying he began flourishing in the new role toward the end of the 2008 season. "The last two weeks of the season he was phenomenal at middle linebacker on scout team. Like Ray Lewis, when he first got here he was outside and he wasn't very good," said Shannon.[10]

Brown left the Miami program in February 2010.[11] Brown, along with his brother Bryce, were named in a report from Yahoo! Sports alleging that student-athletes, coaches and administrators were aware and received impermissible benefits from ex-booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro.[12]

He subsequently enrolled at Kansas State University in May 2010, and became a member of the Kansas State Wildcats football team.[13] Brown's first season at Kansas State was very productive as he had 95 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 interception. Brown also contributed some key plays during the Wildcats 10-2 season, one such play included getting an interception off Heisman winning quarterback Robert Griffin III to set up game winning field goal as the Wildcats beat #15 Baylor Bears. He was the first player last season to pick Griffin, ending his streak at 110 passing attempts.[14] Brown also had a 12 tackle game beating the Iowa State Cyclones as Kansas State finished the regular season 10-2. Brown was named Big 12 newcomer of the year, becoming the tenth Wildcat to do so and the fourth in the past five years.

In the 2012 season, Brown won the 2012 Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year award, after registering 91 tackles, 2 interceptions (one was returned for a touchdown), six tackles for loss and one sack. He is the third Kansas State player to win the defensive player of the year award as named by the conference, after Mark Simoneau in 1999, and Terence Newman in 2002.

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Projected a second-round selection, Brown is ranked as the No. 4 outside linebacker available in the 2013 NFL Draft.[15] He is compared to Daryl Washington, because "neither linebacker has the ideal size for their position, but they compensate with sideline-to-sideline speed".[16] In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens picked Arthur Brown after their star middle linebacker Ray Lewis retired.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 241 lb 32 12 in 10 in 4.68 s 1.61 s 2.69 s 4.31 s 7.07 s 32.5 in 9 ft 8 in 21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[17][18]

Baltimore Ravens (2013-present)[edit]

Brown underwent hernia surgery during the off-season a few weeks following the draft. Arthur was placed on injured reserve on January 1, 2015.

Personal[edit]

Arthur is the son of Arthur Brown, Sr. and Lelonnie Brown. His uncle Lawrence Pete is a former Detroit Lions player,[3] while his younger brother Bryce is a running back for the Buffalo Bills.

According to Jeremy Crabtree of Rivals.com, the Browns were the first brothers ever to both be ranked five-star recruits.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steve Wieberg (2007-09-06). "Wichita gems hail from same team ... and family". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  2. ^ Scout.com: No. 1 Headed to US Army Bowl
  3. ^ a b Thayer Evans (2007-06-04). "A Linebacker's Legend Is Growing in Kansas". New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  4. ^ Sean Purcell (2007-09-08). "Signs of the times: ESPNU hits Dodge". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2007-09-10. [dead link]
  5. ^ Kansas.com: East's Arthur Brown will visit Bama, LSU, UNC, Miami, USC
  6. ^ Tony Barnhart, Jeff D'Alessio (2007-08-23). "Some college football storylines to watch". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2007-09-10. [dead link]
  7. ^ Arthur Brown drops OU from list
  8. ^ East LB Arthur Brown eliminates K-State from possibilities
  9. ^ Scout.com Spreatsheet Data
  10. ^ Randy Shannon talks about Brown
  11. ^ Navarro, Manny (February 2, 2010), "Miami Hurricanes linebacker Arthur Brown returns to Kansas", Miami Herald .
  12. ^ Robinson, Charles (August 16, 2011). "Renegade Miami football booster spells out illicit benefits to players". Yahoo! Sports. 
  13. ^ Robinett, Kellis (March 2, 2010), "Arthur Brown to enroll at Kansas State", The Wichita Eagle .
  14. ^ K-State's Brown making most of time remaining
  15. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/2013/OLB
  16. ^ Bust in Miami, Kansas State’s Arthur Brown a star in home state
  17. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/arthur-brown?id=2539245
  18. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=82068&draftyear=2013&genpos=OLB

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