Curtis Brown’s exceptional four-year stint at defensive back for the University of Texas was highlighted by a stat-line that featured 120 tackles, 2 interceptions and an astonishing 32 pass breakups. Second-team All-Big-12 in 2010, the talented 6', 184-pound CB also excelled in all facets of special teams except for PAT and FG attempts during his career. In his senior year especially, Brown showed off his skill in the punt-return game, racking up 194 return yards on fourteen opportunities.
Any doubts scouts might have had about his abilities were put to rest at the NFL Combine. All Brown did was run the 40 in 4.54 seconds and record an impressive 39 inches on his vertical jump. Simply put, the guy is a physical specimen—tall, athletic, great hands, and a warrior on the line.
The one thing that prevents him from being a no-brainer top-five cornerback in this draft is his mediocre footwork. Nevertheless, Russ Lande on SportingNews.com projects him as a “solid starter” with a few minor adjustments.
The Steelers really coveted Brown, having invited him for a visit last month. Although they might have reached a bit for him here, they certainly didn't want to wait one more round and risk having him slip through their fingers.