The upper echelon of offensive talent in the 2019 NFL Draft class appears to be among some of the best in recent years, and the Oklahoma Sooners proudly boast one of the more elite playmakers of the bunch in WR Marquise Brown. On the field, the one affectionately called “Hollywood” turns speed into an art form, and after dominating the collegiate ranks, he’s now preparing to burn secondaries at the next level.
Marquise Brown’s Story
The Hollywood, Fla. product was overlooked by many D-I schools because of his size, or lack thereof. Even at 5’9”, height wasn’t coaches’ primary concern about the speedster. Rather, it was his 144-pound frame coming out junior college.
After tearing it up at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., Brown was recruited by several big name programs like Oklahoma, USC and Tennessee. Of course, he ultimately chose the Sooners, and in the spring of 2017, he immediately began working on building up his body to better withstand the highest level of college football.
Lights , Camera , Action pic.twitter.com/iYhVa4bpDw— Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) September 9, 2018
Not many receivers, or any players for that matter, can say they played with two Heisman Trophy winners while in college. Not only can “Hollywood” Brown say that, he can say he was the No. 1 receiving target for two different Heisman winners (Baker Mayfield in ‘17, Kyler Murray in ‘18).
As a senior, Brown was named a First Team All-American by the AP, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. In his two seasons at Oklahoma, he started 21 of 27 games played, recording 132 receptions for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns. His average of 18.3 yards per catch ranks No. 1 in OU history for players with more than 70 career receptions.
NFL Combine/Pro Day Results
Though he was invited, Brown was unable to participate in the 2019 NFL Combine while recovering from surgery for a Lisfranc injury he suffered during the Big 12 Championship game. In turn, he was also unable to test at OU’s Pro Day. His official measurements in Indianapolis were 5’9” and 166 pounds.
While his cousin is former Pittsburgh Steeler and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, the pro that Hollywood’s game has been more often compared to is DeSean Jackson (USA Today’s Nate Davis, Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell, and NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein). His game-breaking speed and agility should translate well to the NFL, and in college he showed off his solid hands and savviness as a route runner.
Kiper, McShay still like Marquise Brown to be a first round pick despite injury.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) February 18, 2019
"I've been doing this for about 20 years now and I don't know that I've seen a faster wide receiver or player, in terms of play speed, than Marquise Brown." — Todd McShay#OUDNA | #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/3p6kroKJ7o
In many mock drafts, Marquise Brown has typically been projected for either a first or second round selection. CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso, Ryan Wilson and R.J. White see Hollywood going 15th, 22nd and 30th overall, respectively. The people at DraftSite.com expect him to go 25th overall. Meanwhile, Chad Reuter of NFL.com and Charlie Campbell of Walter Football believe the second round is when Brown will finally learn about which team he will be joining.
Marquise Brown Highlights
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