"I don't mind telling you that the No. 1 agent for Brown was Zeke Elliott," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. "Of course, he really had a lot of neat things about Brown and he was of course there [Ohio State] with Brown two years ago. He has a high value on what Brown can potentially bring to the table."
Brown echoed Elliott's advocacy.
"From the beginning of this process, [Elliott] told me he was going to push with the front office guys to try and get a look at me and try to get me down to Dallas there with him," he said. "I'm definitely excited to be his teammate again. He's such a great player. Looking forward to helping him make plays and helping the Cowboys make plays."
And Elliott had a message for his teammate after the Cowboys selected him:
Brown caught 32 passes for 402 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games for the Buckeyes last season after missing the 2015 campaign with a broken leg. While he was often overshadowed in Ohio State's passing game by Curtis Samuel—who was selected in the second round by the Carolina Panthers—Brown's physicality, route running and big-play ability give him tantalizing upside.
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B/R's Matt Miller noted Brown "may have the highest ceiling of any wide receiver in this class graded as a mid- to late-draft pick," though he added that "there are a lot more questions than answers when it comes to Brown, and that's why his ceiling is very high, but his floor is very low."
Elliott was clearly selling the Cowboys on Brown's ceiling, and in the seventh round, it was a worthwhile gamble for the team.