A popular selection for the Tennessee Titans in recent mock drafts is Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown, the cousin of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Brown is a dynamic wide receiver that would pair well with Corey Davis, but I’ve been skeptical on the chances of the Oklahoma standout falling to the Titans at No. 19 overall.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Brown will miss the NFL combine after undergoing LisFranc surgery last month. Brown is expected to be ready for training camp this summer.
Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown, a projected top 15 pick in April’s NFL Draft, underwent surgery for a LisFranc injury last month that will prevent him from participating in the combine and his Pro Day, but he still is expected to be ready for summer training camp, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 18, 2019
According to Schefter, Brown suffered the injury in the Big 12 championship game. Brown, however, played through the injury in the Orange Bowl.
Even though Brown is expected to be fully recovered by this summer, this news will likely affect his draft stock. We’ve seen plenty of players in recent years fall a few spots in the draft due to phantom medical concerns, so it’s not unrealistic to think Brown will suffer the same fate (since he has a legitimate injury).
Plus, as Schefter mentioned in his report, Brown was expected to run a time in the 4.20 or 4.30 range in the 40 yard dash at the combine. A fast 40 time would’ve almost certainly put Brown in the top 10. Without the opportunity to run at the combine or his pro day, Brown won’t have the chance to give scouts an official 40 time.
With this development, I definitely think there’s a realistic chance that Brown will still be available when the Titans make their selection in the first round.
Of course now the question is whether or not the Titans will view selecting Brown as a risk. Brown is clearly willing to play through some pain, and there’s a legitimate chance this was just a freak injury.
But the Titans have dealt with plenty of injury prone players over the years (Marcus Mariota and to some extent Corey Davis), they might not be willing to roll the dice with Brown.
While I would understand those concerns, I still think the Titans should considering taking Brown.
A healthy Corey Davis/Marquise Brown would give the Titans one of the top young wide receiver duos in the NFL. It would also give Mariota zero excuses in his contract year.
Brown’s injury might be bad news for him, but it could be the reason he ends up in Nashville.
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