Arizona Cardinals third-round wide receiver John Brown may come from a small-school, but he has the talent to make a big impact as a rookie on offense and on special teams. Bruce Arians enjoys going vertical in his offense, and he now has an even better deep threat than Michael Floyd. While Floyd can go deep, he’s more of a do-it-all stud at the position, and he and Larry Fitzgerald form one of the best WR duos in the NFL following Floyd’s breakout season in 2013. With Brown in the mix and Andre Ellington making plays out of the backfield, Carson Palmer should have four dangerous weapons around him next year.
Brown made a huge impression during rookie workouts following the draft, and he looked as explosive as his mid-4.3 wheels indicate. He also looked a lot more polished during workouts than most small-school wideouts, as his hands and route-running were praised along with his game-breaking speed.
Cardinals official site beat writer Darren Urban reports that Brown was forced to miss rookie minicamp work yesterday with a hamstring injury, and Urban passes along that Arians stated the team will be careful with him. It sounds like Brown will miss the entirety of rookie minicamp, as the final day is tomorrow.