Marquise Brown

Marquise Brown | More Than Just a Deep Threat

August 29, 2018

Coming over from the JUCO ranks, Marquise Brown made an instant impact for the Sooners catching 57 balls for 1,095 yards and 7 touchdowns. Brown was great at making big time plays down the field and his 19.2 yards per catch on backs that up. But when you really watch Brown play it’s clear that he is much more than just a deep threat. Here are three reasons why.


Why Marquise Brown is More than Just a Deep Threat


Route Running

Over the last couple of years the receivers that have come into the NFL and had success are the ones that can run routes. While Brown wins a lot downfield running past defensive backs, he does show the ability to create separation underneath using speed and quickness in and out of breaks. Brown does a good job of using his threat of speed to his advantage often pushing cornerbacks deep and then showing the ability to sink his hips and break back to the ball or outside. Even on shorter routes Brown uses hesitation and then burst to get open. Regardless he’s shown the ability to get open at all three levels of the defense.



Throughout Brown’s film you consistently see him adjusting and reacting to the ball in the air to help make the catch on throws that are slightly off. Whether it’s slowing down a titch on a slant route to make a catch at his back hip, tracking and under thrown deep ball or even skying up in the air and plucking it, he’s able to make these tough catches. Now because of his size Brown will have some issues making contested catches or 50/50 balls and will double catch some passes, catching the ball isn’t going to be an issue for Brown moving forward into the NFL. It will be interesting to see how big his hands measure out at the NFL combine.



We cannot talk about Marquise Brown without talking about his elite speed. Brown’s ability to go deep and beat the cornerback on any route put a lot of fear into defensive backs causing corners to play off or use bail techniques so they can stay on top of him. Brown uses this to run short and intermediate routes, but also running double moves deep he forces defensive backs to have to try and commit quick and then change directions to get open. Even on short routes Brown has the ability to take short catch and make a move to open space and end up with a long touchdown. While Brown didn’t return punts at Oklahoma during his sophomore season, his traits indicate that he may be able to.

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