Marquise Brown can be a high impact rookie for Baltimore Ravens
There is a legitimate reason to be concerned that the Ravens will over rely on rookies and second year players on offense. That being said, Marquise Brown should be an instant impact player:
With Marquise Brown there are two concerns. The first is when he will be ready to suit up for the Baltimore Ravens as he recovers from his lisfranc injury. The second concern is his size. When Brown is healthy and ready to go though, it’s the Ravens opponents that should be concerned. Brown has the ability to be a high impact player as a rookie.
Brown has speed that makes him difficult to keep up with. This speed doesn’t just translate to getting open deep down the field, but also as a weapon in the open field. Brown can take a quick slant and get a big run after it. He can catch the ball over the middle of the field and rack up yards after the catch.
Translating talent in the NFL is not a seamless process but speed does the same thing on both levels. A dynamic athlete like Brown can not only run by defenders but he can make them miss as well. Brown averaged 17.6 yards per catch last year at Oklahoma. The number one thing you have to remember is that he’s got big time big play ability.
Let’s go back to the concern that Brown is undersized. It’s a fair concern, but we’ve seen players like Brown succeed before. The most notable example is the player most often used as a comparison to Brown: DeSean Jackson. If Brown is the next DeSean Jackson the Ravens have one of the most exciting receivers in the NFL.
If you watched the tape of him at Oklahoma you would have seen him go up and get the football at a surprisingly successful rate. Brown isn’t a big bodied receiver and he isn’t going to win every 50/50 ball. He just isn’t a player who plays small. He’s such a smooth athlete that there are many things he makes look easy.
It’s important to remember that we’re talking about a rookie and potential always goes both ways. It’s also hard not to be excited about the possibilities for Brown in the Ravens new look offense. Brown is a potential superstar and his speed makes gives him a shot to be an exciting rookie to watch.