NFL Draft Round 1 Instant Reaction: Marquise Brown to the Baltimore Ravens

Marquise Brown – Wide Receiver

Marquise Brown was the first receiver selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. There had been much speculation that this would be the case, even if most in the dynasty community (including myself) doubted it. Brown’s calling card is blazing speed. But he is also a good route runner, a YAC monster, and is very adept at tracking the ball. He shows great awareness of where he is on the football field and displayed his ability to toe-tap the sidelines on multiple receptions. His burst, acceleration, and footwork make him harder to use press coverage against than you would assume for a wide receiver that is only 5’9″ and 166 pounds.

We can’t talk about Brown’s landing with the Ravens without discussing just how little they threw the ball once Lamar Jackson took over as the starting quarterback last season. Using the RotoViz Team Splits App, we see that Jackson only attempted 23.57 attempts per game and completed 13.57 for 165 passing yards per game.

There is not a lot of passing to go around. However, the Ravens do a have a good bit of targets vacated from last season’s roster. Michael Crabtree and John Brown both moved on and left behind 197 targets. When you add Buck Allen’s vacated 43 targets to that total you have 240 targets that need to be accounted for. Such a low pass volume also screams for some positive regression, so there’s a good chance the Ravens air it out more in 2019. Who knows they might get crazy and pass the ball 30 times a game! Jackson ran a pro-style offense while in college. I firmly believe he can be successful throwing the ball in the NFL. The hope here is that the Ravens are committed to allowing him to do so with the addition of Brown to the roster.

Brown doesn’t need a large target volume to succeed based on his 18.3 yards per reception during his two seasons at Oklahoma. Though he had a late breakout age (31st percentile), this can be attributed to the fact he received no division one college offers after high school. He worked at Six Flags for a summer in order to pay his way to school and played at College of the Canyons for one season.

Brown then produced at a high level as soon as he arrived in Oklahoma. His first year in Norman he tallied 57 receptions and 1,095 yards adding seven touchdowns. That was just a prelude to last year. Brown finished his final season in college with 75 receptions, 1,318 yards, and 10 touchdowns. During his one season at College of the Canyons, he scored 10 touchdowns. That’s 27 touchdowns in three seasons. This bodes well as college touchdown scoring is reasonably predictive to fantasy success in the NFL. Combining his college production with first-round draft capital also points to him becoming a fantasy hit.

Though he was unable to perform at the NFL Combine due to suffering a Lisfranc injury, his speed is apparent when you watch him play. He’s going to be in contention for the fastest player in the NFL next season. His speed allows him to completely erase any cushion that a defensive back gives him. Brown is the living embodiment of “can score anytime he touches the ball.” I recently completed a one round mock draft and picked Brown as my 1.12. I’d be shocked if he lasts to the 1.12 in most rookie drafts now.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned to Dynasty Football Factory for all your NFL Draft night coverage. You can find me on Twitter @DFF_Shane if you want to talk some fantasy football at all times of the day and night. 

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