Oklahoma star receiver Marquise Brown will have to sit the NFL Scouting Combine and his Pro Day out, due to a procedure he had on a foot last month. He is still expected to be ready for training camp in the summer for whatever team drafts him in April.
Per sources and an article from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, all 32 teams were notified of Brown’s injury and status on Friday, per a team source. Teams were informed that Dr. Robert Anderson performed the procedure on Brown’s foot on January 8th. The surgery was needed by the Sooners receiver after he suffered an injury in December’s Big 12 Championship Game against Texas, as Brown played through it during January’s Orange Bowl and National Semifinal against Alabama. Now, he has no other option but to be sidelined for the NFL’s version of a job interview in the combine.
This situation is ironically similar to a former first-round draft prospect in Corey Davis who also had to get a foot procedure done, ultimately leading up to him being a top-5 selection in the 2016 draft to the Tennessee Titans. With Brown’s combination of crisp route-running, game-breaking speed (and needless to say at this point, but familial ties to star receiver Antonio Brown with him being his cousin) Brown is far and away the best receiver in the draft.
Some predicted, prior to this announcement, that Brown was going to be a stud at this year’s combine. Scouts expected him to run in the high 4.2s or low 4.3 in the 40-yard dash and be the most refined ball catcher during QB-WR drills.
The potential is still there for Brown to be healthy enough to attend a team’s rookie minicamp after the draft, though its likely that the team that picks him up in April’s draft would not want to rush him along.