Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown will be an excellent pro player and is the second-best player in the 2013 draft on my personal big board. He's an instinctual linebacker that the Falcons have shown an interest in. Shane Hallam of Draft Countdown.com posted a picture of a Falcons scout in conversation with Brown at the Senior Bowl:
Lb Arthur Brown and a Falcons scout twitter.com/ShanePHallam/s…— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) January 20, 2013
Let's explore what makes Brown a legitimate target for the Falcons in this year's draft:
Kansas State University
Height: 6'0-3/8" Weight: 241 pounds
Arm Length: 32-1/2" Hand Measurement: 10"
40-yard dash: 4.67 sec. 10 yard split: 1.61 sec.
20-yard shuttle: 4.31 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.07 sec. Bench Reps: 21 reps
Vertical Jump: 32.5" Broad Jump: 9'8"
2012: 13 Games Played, 100 Tackles, 7.0 Tackles for Loss, 1.0 Sacks, 1 QB Hurry, 2 Interceptions, 4 Pass Deflections, 1 Defensive Touchdown
2011: 13 Games Played, 101 Tackles, 9.5 Tackles for Loss, 2.0 Sacks, 1 Interception, 2 Pass Deflections
2010: Sat out 2010 due to NCAA transfer rules after his transfer from Miami to Kansas State.
2009: 13 Games Played, 13 Tackles, 0.5 Tackles for Loss
2008: 11 Games Played, 4 Tackles
Fast and intelligent on the field is the best way to describe Arthur Brown's play. He can project well to either the weak or strong side in the 4-3 defense and has the coverage ability to stick with tight ends in the passing game.
He's also very talented as a run defender, able to flow to the ball effectively without over-pursuing. Add in what he's good at off the field, and Brown looks like an ideal fit for a Mike Nolan defense. He just has to last until the Falcons pick.
When it comes to blitzing, Brown was rarely used. However, he looks like he could be talented there with some more experience. Another weakness in his game is that he's a bit undersized at 230-235 pounds on game days. But that never seems to be an issue with the Falcons, who seem to prefer undersized linebackers.
Overall, the Falcons would be stupid to pass on Arthur Brown if he's there in the first round. He's an ideal fit for the team, its culture and based on the talent he possesses. He's arguably the best player in the draft for what Atlanta needs this offseason.
How Does He Fit the Comrade Filter?
Brown is someone who has never been arrested nor has he ever been suspended. He's not known as anything but a hard worker and a leader. He was the team captain for the Wildcats defense for both of the years he was able to play at Kansas State and his fire has drawn comparisons to Ray Lewis of the Ravens.
How He Would Fit into the Falcons' Plans
If the Falcons wanted to secure Arthur Brown's services, they'd have to take him with their first-round pick and most likely would have to trade up. However, should he slip to 30, the only worry would be whether the Falcons representative would slip on his way to the podium.
Brown would be an instant starter in the middle for Atlanta and would be a great compliment both on and off the field to Sean Weatherspoon in the long term. They would both be fiery leaders in the locker room, and the defense as a whole would feed off of their energy.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.