LOOK: Antonio Brown tweets pre-draft scouting report after signing new deal

Seven years ago, Antonio Brown was a little-known player from a small school hoping to make an impression at the NFL Combine. On Monday, after 632 receptions for 8,377 yards and 50 touchdowns, one of the league’s best wide receivers signed a shiny new deal worth nearly $73 million.

But Brown, who was the Steelers’ sixth-round pick in 2010 -- and 23rd wideout selected that year -- hasn’t forgotten the skeptics. Here’s what he tweeted shortly after signing his new deal:

A few things: This is just the latest evidence that the draft is as much art as science. And while it’s a cliche, a draft guide can’t measure a player’s work ethic -- and Brown, according to everyone who comes into contact with him, won’t be outworked. As for the lack of “functional strength,” we’d point you to this Week 16 touchdown against the Ravens that helped the Steelers to the AFC North title.

To be fair: Brown was a late-round pick, and it had a lot to do with his decision to leave school a year early. But it’s hard to defend the rest of the scouting report since most of it has been disproven through Brown’s exploits on the field. And now he’s the league’s highest-paid pass-catcher, and rightly so.

Last, but most certainly not least:

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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