Sports Illustrated’s “Inside the NFL” has named Kansas State’s own Arthur Brown as one of their top 32 draft prospects for the 2013 National Football League Draft.
While they place him at #30 (USC quarterback Matt Barkley is #1 on their list), they compare him to current All-Pro Ray Lewis.
Brown exploded on the scene for Kansas State last season after transferring from Miami-Florida. He’s a three-down linebacker who makes plays all over the field. His size and style are comparable to former Hurricane linebacker Ray Lewis.
Having watched every game last year, I think it’s safe to say that their comparison is not hyperbole. The only times he struggled somewhat were in the couple of games where he played through an injury. He also seemed to “rise to the moment”, as the saying goes, coming up big in both the Miami game and the Baylor game, when big moments presented themselves.
Even with this current acknowledgement that Brown has first-round potential, I think he still has tremendous upside for this season. If he can stay healthy the entire year, he may very well become a “fast riser” in the draft. He could even find himself as a top 15 or 20 pick–a well-deserved honor for a young man who has worked hard at improving himself on and off the field since he arrived at Kansas State.