An All-Dade County performer in high school, Brown struggled to qualify academically and spent one season at Division-II Mars Hill in 2008 before sitting out in 2009 and redshirting at Coffeyville Community College to get his academics straightened in 2010. He transferred to Pittsburg State and made an instant impact with consistent production the past three seasons, showing off his versatility as a receiver and return man ? leaves school with several school records, including 6,244 career all-purpose yards. Brown, who has a two-year old daughter, is an impressive athlete with track speed that translates well to the field and the football smarts to understand how to use his quickness. He will struggle in press and can be knocked off his route due to his lack of size and strength, but he uses decisive routes to create separation and give his QB a clear target. Brown lacks ideal experience against top competition, but he has strong football character with the God-given athletic gifts to make plays at the next level, either in the slot or as a return man on kickoffs and punts.
STRENGTHS: Dangerous space player with his natural athleticism, speed and instant acceleration. Very controlled movements with decisive start/stop quickness and sharp footwork in his routes. Gets vertical in a hurry. Fluid body type and changes gears well, setting up his patterns and catching defenders off-balance. Proficient route runner for a Division-II player. Smart football player with good vision and run instincts and understands how to win in single coverage. Strong work ethic and pushed himself to bulk up to his current weight. Special teams demon with five career touchdown returns (3 PR, 2 KR) ? averaged 13.6 on PR and 26.9 on KR. Motivated with a can-do attitude and carries himself like a professional. Team leader and a three-time captain. Consistent production the past three seasons (34 career starts), leaving Pittsburg State as the career leader in receptions (185) and combining for 45 career touchdowns (34 receiving, 6 rushing, 3 PR, 2 KR).
WEAKNESSES: Marginal height with a lean, wiry build and appears maxed out physically. Small hands and will have his share of drops, often relying on his body to secure grabs. Balanced, but won?t break many tackles after initial contact and lacks much power to his game. Too easily re-routed and will get pushed around by defenders down the field, especially in traffic. Limited blocker and overall upper body strength to sustain contact. All of his production has come at the Division-II level or lower and the late bulb came on later for him. Has stayed healthy in college, but his frame doesn?t look like it can take a consistent beating.
05/12/2014 - Wide receiver John Brown, a third round pick out of Pittsburg State, and defensive end Ed Stinson, a fifth-round pick out of Alabama, grew up in the same neighborhood in Homestead, Fla. They hung around together as kids but went to separate high schools. "He and his big brother who passed, all three of us and a couple of my other friends, we all stayed together, played football, street football, basketball or whatever," Stinson said. - The Sports Xchange