Arthur Brown really started to catch the attention of scouts during a standout 2011 campaign that saw him rank eighth in the Big 12 in tackles with 101. He seemed destined for stardom as a senior in 2012 and didn't disappoint.
The outstanding inside linebacker recorded another 100-tackle season this past year, earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. Even after sitting out most of the drills at the combine in Indianapolis, Brown is still considered a first-round prospect by mainstream experts.
This slideshow is going to focus on five things you must know about the talented young linebacker.
Full Name: Arthur Brown Jr. (June 17, 1990)
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
High School: Wichita East High School in Wichita, Kansas
Major: Social Sciences
Arthur Brown graduated from Kansas State last May with a degree in social sciences. This came on the heels of a transfer from Miami (Florida) following a 2009 season that saw him rarely get on the field. Brown spend his redshirt season concentrating on academics and it paid off.
Brown put up a 3.0 GPA during his high school years, which was good enough to receive offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU and USC (via Scout.com)
He was ranked 23rd nationally by Rivals coming out of Wichita High School East Kansas in 2008. In fact, Brown was ranked ahead of such notable NFL players as Brandon Harris, Aaron Williams and Janoris Jenkins.
2008 (Freshman): 11 games, four tackles and two solo tackles (Miami)
2009 (Sophomore): 13 games, 13 tackles, eight solo and 0.5 for loss (Miami)
2011 (Junior): 13 games, 101 tackles, 57 solo, 9.5 for loss, two sacks and one interception
2012 (Senior): 13 games, 100 tackles, 65 solo, seven for loss, one sack, two interceptions and one touchdown
As I mentioned before, Brown ranked in the top 10 of the Big 12 in tackles his only two seasons with Kansas State. He was also the Defensive Player of the Year in the conference as a senior in 2012 (via big12sports.com).
Brown joined Kevin Minter and Anthony Barr as second-team Associated Press All Americans from the linebacker position (via The Associated Press).
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Note: Missed most of the combine drills due to an injury (via CBS Sports).
Weight: 241 pounts
Arm Length: 32 1/2"
Hand Size: 10"
Pro Day Results
40-Yard Dash: 4.67 and 4.68
Three-Cone Drill: 7.07
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.31
Vertical Jump: 33.5"
Bench Press: 21 reps at 225
Brown quieted critics by performing extremely well at Kansas State's pro day after missing the Senior Bowl and most drills at the combine.
Rob Rang of CBS Sports filed the following report immediately after Brown worked out in front of scouts in Manhattan, Kansas:
Brown answered the most important question early on, proving the health of his shoulder by lifting the bar 21 times during the bench press drill. Later, the 6-0, 241-pound linebacker answered any concerns about his straight-line speed, timing between 4.56-4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to multiple sources in Manhattan.
Brown really needed a strong performance in order to solidify his status as a first-round lock. He did just that. His 40 time would have ranked him anywhere between third and fifth among linebackers in Indianapolis.
We already knew about Brown's athleticism, but he needed to prove that he was healthy enough to take the field and participate in drills.
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Imagine Bryce and Arthur Brown suiting up against you in high school. This is what teenagers in Wichita, Kansas had to deal with. The current Philadelphia Eagles running back (Bryce) joined his brother and first-round prospect (Arthur) on the same team at Wichita High School East for three years.
In fact, ESPN aired a game between their school and a rival back in 2007; mainly due to the presence of the Browns on the field.
For his part, Bryce Brown was the No. 1-ranked high school recruit in 2008 and performed extremely well as a rookie for the Philadelphia Eagles this past season.
Talk about pedigree.
Here is some mighty fine praise. When asked who his "favorite" player in the 2013 NFL Draft class is, Matt Miller responded "Too many to count. Love watching Tavon Austin and Arthur Brown."
While I wouldn't go that far, Brown has impressed me a great deal on tape. He could really surprise people and go in the initial half of the first round.
Say what you want about Arthur Brown, but he's not undersized. 6'0'', 241 at Combine. http://NFL.com lists NaVorro Bowman 6'0'', 242
In all honesty, that is the first thing that stuck out to me on tape. Brown reminds me a great deal of the 49er' All-Pro. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Buffalo took a look at the Kansas State product in the top 10.
On the other hand, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com doesn't see Brown as a first-round pick in the draft:
Watched 1 more tape on K-State LB Arthur Brown…sideline-to-sideline range, instinctive, productive…inconsistent take-on player. Top 2nd rd
It really is interesting to see the divide between experts here, but I would hedge my bets that Browns ends up going off the board midway through the initial round.
Vincent Frank is an NFL featured columnist here at Bleacher Report. Vincent is the head sports editor over at eDraft, co-host of Draft Sports Radio, which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. ET, and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus.
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