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Meet the Prospect: Marquise Brown

Name: Marquise Brown

Position: Wide receiver

School: Oklahoma

Ht/Wt: 5-9, 166

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How he fits: Brown was a back-to-back 1,000-yard receiver for the Sooners and one of their most explosive skill position players the last two seasons. He averaged 19.2 yards per catch in 2017 and 17.6 yards per catch this past season with 17 total touchdowns combined over the last two years.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn said after the season he’s on the lookout for playmakers on both sides of the ball. Brown is certainly that. His quickness and ability to separate from defenders allows him to play in the slot, and Oklahoma used him a lot out wide because of his long speed.

The Lions signed veteran wide receivers Danny Amendola and Tommylee Lewis this offseason, but Amendola is 33 years old and Lewis has never caught more than 10 passes in a season. Detroit could certainly be looking to add some young talent to the position via the draft.

The one concern with Brown is he’s coming off Lisfranc foot surgery that kept him out of the pre-draft testing process. Will that make the projected first-round pick fall to Day 2?

View photos of NFL prospect Marquise Brown.

Key observations: Last season, Brown tied Andy Isabella of UMass for the most catches of 40 yards or more (11) in college football. Brown has 14 catches of 50-plus yards the last two seasons combined.

Brown played predominantly on the outside at Oklahoma, but did excel when running routes inside. Over the last two years, he averaged 7.52 yards per route run from the slot, which ranks first out of all 435 wide receivers with more than 100 slot routes, per Pro Football Focus statistics. The next closest player over this span averaged just 4.46 yards per route run from the slot.

Brown is getting a lot of comparisons to the speedy and thin-framed DeSean Jackson when he was coming out of Cal a decade ago.

What they had to say about him: "(Brown) is a skinny, but speedy receiver with game-breaking potential on every snap. His ability to race past cornerbacks and separate deep will require specific coverage and safeties ready to help. His thin frame is a liability when faced with contested catches both short and deep, and long-term durability is a legitimate concern. However, his ability to threaten deep with long speed and short as an elite run-after-catch talent gives him a chance to become the most impactful wideout in this draft.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL analyst

How he stacks up: Scouts Inc. lists Brown as a “rare prospect” and the No. 9 overall player in this draft.

Brown checks in at No. 16 on Daniel Jeremiah’s list of the best 50 players available in the draft. He’s No. 32 on Dane Brugler’s list of the top 100.

CBS Sports lists Brown as the No. 27 overall prospect and No. 2 wide receiver behind Ole Miss' D.K. Metcalf.

What he had to say:

On his strengths: “My speed, playmaking ability, my dynamic ability and explosiveness.”

On his weaknesses: “I need to get stronger, and I’ll continue to get stronger. I’ve been taking the weight room seriously since I got to college, and that’s something I’ll continue to work on.”

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