Baltimore Ravens Rookie Profile: Arthur Brown

Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

A closer look at the Baltimore Ravens second round selection, linebacker Arthur Brown.

Biography:

Arthur Brown is probably one Baltimore's more interesting draft picks, in that his collegiate career was a tale of two stories. After an unsuccessful two-year stint with the University of Miami from 2008 to 2009 marked by less-than-stellar performance and alleged involvement in the infamous Nevin Shapiro scandal, Brown elected to transfer to Kansas State after his sophomore year. After sitting out the 2010 season under the NCAA's transfer rules, Brown's fortunes quickly turned around in his two years at KSU; becoming one of the best linebackers to ever put on a Wildcats helmet and eventually the 56th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Collegiate Stats:

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2008* Miami (FL) ACC FR LB 2 2 4 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009* Miami (FL) ACC SO LB 8 5 13 0.5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011* Kansas State Big 12 JR LB 57 44 101 9.5 2.0 1 10 10.0 0 3 0 0 0 0
2012* Kansas State Big 12 SR LB 65 35 100 7.0 1.0 2 37 18.5 1 6 0 0 0 0
Career Overall 132 86 218 17.0 3.0 3 47 15.7 1 9 0 0 0 0
Miami (FL) 10 7 17 0.5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kansas State 122 79 201 16.5 3.0 3 47 15.7 1 9 0 0 0 0

Honors and Achievements:

Brown's stellar play during his time at Kansas State certainly did not go unnoticed. In fact, by the time he declared for the NFL Draft, he was as decorated of a prospect as anyone. His honors include:

-Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year (2011)

-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2012)

*Brown became the third Kansas State Wildcat to win this award with the other two being Terrence Newman (2002) and Mark Simoneau (1999).

-Two-time first-team All-Big 12 (2011 and 2012)

-First-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report and Football Writers Association (2012)

-Second-team All-American by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation (2012)

-Semi-finalist for the Bednarik Award (nation's best defensive player) in 2011 and 2012

-First Wildcat since Josh Buhl (2003) to record at least 100 tackles in back-to-back season

Conclusion:

Like Matt Elam, Brown is a smaller defender (standing 6-foot-0, 242 pounds) whose draft-stock slipped a bit due to his height. Also like Elam, however, Brown makes up for his height with his ball skills. Brown is extremely solid in coverage, and is as close to a sure-tackle as you can get in the open field. His versatility is perhaps his greatest asset, which is becoming an extremely valuable asset in today's NFL which features more complicated offensive schemes than ever before. Brown's playing style has drawn comparisons to players like Seattle's Bobby Wagner and San Francisco's NaVorro Bowman, who both share a skill-set and physique similar to Brown's.

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