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NFL Draft: Ravens select Arthur Brown in 2nd round (56th pick)

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

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For the second year in a row the Ravens have taken a linebacker in the second round.

Baltimore selected Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown with the 24th pick in the second round (56th overall) in the NFL Draft on Friday. Last year, Baltimore selected linebacker Courtney Upshaw with the third pick in the second rond.

As for Brown, he started his college career at Miami where he played two seasons with the Hurricanes before transferring in 2010. After redshirting a year, Brown finally got on the field for the Wildcats in 2011 and made an instant impact. The 6-1, 231-pound linebacker was named first team All-Big-12 in his first season at Kansas State. Brown's best game in 2011 came against a Baylor team led by Robert Griffin III. In the 36-35 Kansas State win, Brown recorded eight tackles, picked off a pass and sacked RG3 1.5 times.

Brown followed up his impressive 2011 season with an arguably more impressive 2012. Last season, Brown became only the third Kansas State player in school history to be named the Big 12 defensive player of the year. Brown recorded 91 tackles last season and picked off two passes, including one against Texas Tech that he returned for a touchdown.

In his predraft analysis, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang said Brown "ranks among the surest prospects of the 2013 draft." That's good news for the Ravens, who could use a surefire prospect at linebacker after the retirement of Ray Lewis.

Brown is the second-highest drafted Kansas State linebacker in school history, behindn only Terry Pierce, who was drafted in 2003 by the Broncos with the 19th pick of the second round (51st overall).

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