New York Jets 2019 NFL Draft Profile: WR Marquise Brown
By Michael Henken
Here’s the 2019 NFL Draft profile of wide receiver Marquise Brown out of Oklahoma breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and draft projection.
Known as “Hollywood,” 21-year-old Marquise Brown is not only the cousin of Antonio Brown but he’s considered to be one of the top wide receiving prospects entering the 2019 NFL Draft. He also has quite an interesting backstory.
Following his high school career at Chaminade Madonna in Hollywood, Florida, Brown did not receive any scholarships from Division I schools, leading him to attend the College of Canyons for the 2016 season.
During that season, he brought in 50 receptions for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns before committing to Oklahoma University where he emerged as a top talent. In 2017, he totaled 57 receptions for 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore for the Sooners.
He followed that up with another stellar year in 2018, bringing in 75 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named an NCAA First-Team All American in addition to being a First-Team All-Big 12 selection.
Let’s take a look at his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights and if he might be a good fit with the New York Jets.
When analyzing the skill set of Brown, his strengths are incredibly clear, as he possesses elite level game-breaking speed and tremendous explosion.
With these skills, Brown is not only extremely difficult to keep track of due to his ability to burn defenders, but he’s also shown the ability to turn any play into a massive gain or even a score.
His speed and quickness have also aided him in route running, as he’s able to change pace at a high level and gain separation from defensive backs. With that being said, he’s also quite patient before exploding into a pattern.
Drawing comparisons to both DeSean Jackson and Tyreek Hill, Brown is a legitimate deep threat with tremendous acceleration and strong lateral agility. In addition, these aforementioned traits make him dangerous in the open field and help him to succeed in regards to gaining yards-after-the-catch.
Despite his undeniable speed, Brown’s biggest weakness is undoubtedly his size, as he stands just 5 ft. 10 inch. tall and weighs in at about 165 lbs. He isn’t the tallest wide receiver, but what concerns some is his weight, as he has quite a skinny frame, which could be a problem at the next level.
In addition, he has, at times, drawn criticisms in regards to his ball skills and hands, which could also be due to his size and frame. Particularly in contested situations, Brown’s hands have been a bit questionable as he sometimes loses his grasp on the ball.
Also, his lack of strength and size limits him a bit in the blocking department. In his preparations to play at the next level, Brown should focus on adding muscle while maintaining speed to round out his game.
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Despite the obvious concerns with his size, Brown’s speed is something to marvel at and his abilities as a playmaker make him a highly intriguing target. Because of these skills, some feel as if Brown will be a first-round selection, though others have labeled him as more of a second round pick.
In regards to the New York Jets, the organization is certainly in the market for a wide receiver and a player like Brown could certainly be a valuable asset to young quarterback Sam Darnold while adding a much-needed spark to the offense.
The problem, however, is that the Jets own the third overall pick in the first round and do not own a second round pick. It’s unlikely that the team would select Brown at No. 3, so they’d have to trade back in order to take him.
If they do indeed trade back, they could potentially target him late in the first round. In addition, if the team acquires a second-round pick, Brown could be a wise option should he fall.VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS