The Baltimore Ravens defense is consistently one of the most deep in the league in the front seven, and they do an extraordinary job of developing talent and replacing talent on the defensive line and at linebacker. Whether it’s by finding a free agent like Daryl Smith or developing a home-grown player like Arthur Jones, the Ravens always seem to find a way to replace losses of guys like Dannell Ellerbe or Ray Lewis.
The next breakout starter for the Ravens could very well be backup inside linebacker Arthur Brown, who is a rookie out of Kansas State and had an excellent career in college. Brown has plenty of intangibles, he plays the run hard, and he has enough athleticism to be able to hold up in coverage and be a legitimate three-down linebacker.
According to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh stated that he thinks Brown will win a starting inside linebacker job in training camp next year. That means he will be going up against Jameel McClain and Josh Bynes in order to start next to Smith, and I would be absolutely shocked if he didn’t break those guys.
Brown plays the game with a deadly combination of discipline and explosion at the linebacker position, and he’s a very stout run defender who could be a big breakout player in 2013 on the Ravens defense. Watch for news and reviews regarding this guy heading into the 2014 season, because he is a former second-round pick who has the chance to be a very good starting ILB in this league for quite some time.