Ravens Draft Antonio Brown's Cousin Marquise; Twitter Likes Lamar Jackson's WR

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 26, 2019

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 23:  Marquise Brown #5 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs after catching a 65 yard pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 23, 2018 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens drafted Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft on Thursday.

Brown, who is a cousin of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, caught 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Sooners last season. 

Antonio Brown @AB84

Cuz going ravens i feel it 954 link up big connect

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Lamar Jackson throwing to HOLLYWOOD Ravens select Marquise Brown No. 25 overall https://t.co/8jMIc6JU9M

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Antonio Brown should have no problems rooting for his cousin, new Ravens’ WR Marquise Brown.

Chris Trapasso @ChrisTrapasso

Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown https://t.co/kE08ZHWV8A

Robert Littal @BSO

Lamar Jackson & Marquise Brown https://t.co/fYzNBEuq0U

The 5'10", 168-pound junior earned Associated Press, ESPN and Sports Illustrated first-team All-American honors.

Brown missed the NFL Scouting Combine and Oklahoma pro day after he underwent surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury suffered during the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 1. He gutted through it during the Dec. 29 Orange Bowl.

Brown should immediately become one of the NFL's fastest players and a tremendous big-play threat for Baltimore. In two years at OU, he averaged 18.3 yards per reception and scored 17 touchdowns.

Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller ranked Brown as the No. 3 wide receiver overall in this year's class.

Nicknamed "Hollywood," Brown also received a Draft Network comparison to Philadelphia Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson, one of the fastest and most notorious big-play threats this decade.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network made the same analogy, noting that he "has a similar build and the same explosive playmaking skills."

While Brown didn't run the 40-yard dash at the combine, Matt Hayes of Bleacher Report reported in October that the ex-Sooner clocked a 4.33-second 40 during his freshman year at the College of the Canyons before transferring to OU.

"He gets the ball even or behind you," Baylor coach Matt Rhule told Hayes, "and you may as well strike up the band."

Brown may not be the best fit for the Ravens at first glance. Baltimore features a run-heavy offense piloted by quarterback Lamar Jackson and supplemented via the running back duo of Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon. Wideouts don't see much action in Baltimore, other than blocking duties and the occasional pass.

Still, Brown could add another dimension to the Ravens offense given his game-breaking abilities.


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