Explosively fast, and will beat most cornerbacks in foot-races. Has an extra gear down the field that helps him break big plays. Shows good focus and hands, tracking the ball well in the air and adjusting without losing any acceleration in stride. Has the tools to play several roles on special teams as well.
Significantly lacks size in height, length, and muscle mass. Also possesses small hands. Not a great option for jump balls in the end zone due to his size issues. Needs to keep showing he can handle the jam from bigger, physical defensive backs.
Big-play wideout with stellar speed.
Movements & Injuries
Signed by the Arizona Cardinals to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 3rd round (91st Overall) in 2014.
Third-round selection John Brown exploded in the final minutes with a 75-yard touchdown catch and run which turned out to bethe game-winner. | 10/27/2014 11:01 AM
Third-round selection John Brown exploded in the final minutes with a 75-yard touchdown catch and run which turned out to bethe game-winner.
He's a small, fast receiver and beat the Eagles secondary. It was his first fantasy-worthy game since Week 2, but he seems to have a future.
Third-round selection John Brown is getting rave reviews, according to beat reporter Josh Weinfuss. | 07/28/2014 2:48 PM
Third-round selection John Brown is getting rave reviews, according to beat reporter Josh Weinfuss.
He's a small, fast receiver that GM Steve Keim recently called "uncoverable." Barring an injury to Larry Fitzgerald or Michael Floyd we wouldn't expect any fantasy-worthy numbers from Brown in 2014, but he might be worth a play in dynasty leagues.
Cardinals believe John Brown can be 'special' | 06/25/2014 7:39 PM
According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, the Cardinals think third-round WR John Brown "will be a special player" and are "very high on him" after spring practices.
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Coach Bruce Arians has likened Brown to past pupils Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton, although the 5-foot-10, 179-pounder with 4.34 jets profiles more similarly to Mike Wallace, from whom Arians coaxed a 39-756-19.4-6 rookie year in Pittsburgh. Per Brandt, Brown will spend pre-training camp time working with Carson Palmer in San Diego. Brown is squarely on the radar in Dynasty leagues.
Rookie WR/KR John Brown will 'make an impact' | 06/14/2014 9:46 AM
Azcardinals.com's Darren Urban said rookie WR/KR John Brown will "make an impact" for the Cardinals this season.
Brown has been earning a lot of praise from coach Bruce Arians, who has compared him to both Steelers' WR Antonio Brown and Colts' WR T.Y. Hilton throughout the draft process and the offseason program. Brown was originally expected to be limited to special teams as a rookie, but it appears he will push newly-signed WR Tedd Ginn for No. 3 wide receiver duties this season.
John Brown drawing comps to TY Hilton | 06/11/2014 9:26 PM
Third-round rookie WR/KR John Brown is drawing "favorable" comparisons to T.Y. Hilton at Cardinals OTAs.
It's an obvious comparable as both players are roughly 5'9/180 with sub-4.4 wheels. As a rookie deep threat under Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, Hilton shined with a 50-861-7 line. Brown doesn't project to have that kind of opportunity as he's blocked by Ted Ginn in Arizona, but there's room for a deep Dynasty stash here. The scheme fit is ideal.
Bruce Arians praises rookie WR John Brown | 06/05/2014 11:07 PM
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has been impressed with third-round WR/KR John Brown in OTAs.
"He's way ahead of most rookies, and coming from a small school, that's unusual," Arians said. "It doesn't overwhelm him at all. He learns fast and he can apply it fast." It's the second time in three weeks Brown has drawn the praise of Cardinals brass. Most of Brown's rookie contributions should come on special teams, but he could emerge as a situational deep threat.
Cardinals WR Brown dealing hamstring injury | 05/23/2014 6:51 PM
Cardinals third-round WR/KR John Brown missed rookie minicamp with a hamstring injury.
Darren Urban on Twitter
Brown should be fine for mandatory minicamp in June. When healthy, he'll compete for the Cardinals' No. 4 receiver job.
Brown impressing the Cardinals early | 05/17/2014 9:15 AM
Rookie WR/KR John Brown has reportedly impressed Cardinals' brass during rookie workouts.
"John Brown is blowing everyone away," a team source said. "Explosive and sudden. Great hands and a better route runner than we even thought." Brown will likely be limited to special teams and situational offensive roles this season, but the has the skill set to develop into a deep-threat in Bruce Arians' offense. His 4.34 speed and 5-foot-10, 179-pound frame are almost identical to T.Y. Hilton, who thrived in Arians' offense in Indianapolis.
Cards ink third-rounder Brown to 4-year pact | 05/15/2014 6:39 PM
Cardinals signed No. 91 overall pick WR John Brown to a four-year contract.
A standout for FCS Pittsburgh State, Brown has blazing 4.34 speed to go along with his 5-foot-10, 179-pound frame. He'll be in the mix for No. 4 receiver duties as a rookie, but is unlikely to become a fantasy asset any time soon.
Cardinals get D-2 stud WR/KR John Brown | 05/09/2014 10:54 PM
Cardinals selected Pittsburgh State WR/KR John Brown with the No. 91 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Brown (5-foot-10, 179) was a three-time D-2 All American, finishing his career with school records in catches (185), receiving yards (3,380), and touchdowns (32). He averaged 32.4 yards per kick return as a senior, and 11.5 yards on punts. With blazing 4.34 speed, Brown offers homerun-hitting return ability with some potential to contribute as a No. 3 or 4 receiver. He could help on special teams, but is an unlikely fantasy prospect -- especially behind Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Ted Ginn.