Rookie Review: Marlon Brown
December, 23, 2013
By Kevin Weidl | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Nick WassRookie WR Marlon Brown has become a receiver Joe Flacco can trust in tight situations.Coming out of Harding Academy in Tennessee in 2009, Marlon Brown was one of the more heralded recruits in the country. He was ranked as the No. 3 wide receiver and 24th overall prospect in the ESPN150 rankings before he eventually committed to Georgia.
There was a ton of buzz in Athens about Brown, who was supposed to be the heir apparent to WR A.J. Green. However, Brown failed to live up to the hype as he was unable to get on track because to a snake-bitten career. He dealt with nagging injuries as a junior which included a sprained ankle, a groin injury and a separated shoulder. Then as a senior in 2012, he missed the opener against Buffalo with a hamstring injury before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee against Ole Miss in early November, ending his collegiate career.
Brown required surgery to repair the injury and was unable to work out for teams in the pre-draft process. He did receive an invite to the NFL combine, but garnered very little attention and was interviewed by just a handful of teams -- Baltimore being one of them. Ultimately though, with Brown being not ready to practice until the beginning of training camp, teams passed on him and he went undrafted in April.