Brown (and Powell) show well in early going

Posted by Darren Urban on May 16, 2014 – 10:34 am

First, a disclaimer: In the offseason — where hitting is banned and helmets aren’t on half the time — on-field work is suited for certain groups to stand out. Usually offense has the edge overall, since there is no tackling even in minicamp and no one needs to be afraid of getting leveled coming over the middle. So that immediately emphasizes the wide receivers. Sometimes, summer goodness translates to the season (Steve Breaston). Sometimes, not so much (Steve Williams).

That said, and knowing they’ve only been on the field a few days, the Cardinals are happy with what they’ve seen from drafted wideouts John Brown and Walter Powell. They should be, from what I have watched. Brown especially looks every bit of the 4.34 40 guy, and more importantly, he looks confident in what he is doing. He shown good hands — snaring one Logan Thomas laser I happened to notice — along with his quickness and explosion. Powell too has shown similar things. Again, when you are talking about players from Pittsburg State and Murray State, you don’t want them overwhelmed by the stage.

Now, there is a long way to go. The real stage comes later — in training camp, in preseason games, and then in games that count. There are plenty of potential pitfalls. The scene will even change next week, when helmets go on and the defense is introduced to the passing drills. Each step will be important.

Brown is a kid you want to root for, given his backstory. But succeeding in the NFL isn’t about the what you’ve done to get this point but what happens now that you are here. The start, however, provides hope.


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15 Responses to “Brown (and Powell) show well in early going”

  1. By erik on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    Look at that cut! I watched the short videos of the rookies on the field and John Brown immediately stood out. Not only does he look fast, but incredibly quick as well. I can’t wait to see him get his hands on the ball in a game!

  2. By Dynosoar on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t know who the photographer is, but that photo looks fast. The legs appear to be going full speed while his upper body and eyes are focused, a good combination for a wide receiver.

  3. By krehbieo14 on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    The Cards traded down to get Brown in the third round. He wasn’t an afterthought. I think he’s the sleeper of the draft. If he can withhold the punishment from defenses, he’s going to be a good one, creating havoc with mismatches.

  4. By LadyBird04 on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    We can only hope the promise they show will continue much like LSH’s did. He was a 7th Round surprise for everyone.

  5. By Eric G on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    I’m hoping Brown is the deep threat guy we have rarely had. Time to take a gallon of NyQuil and hibernate until August.

  6. By joelhc on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    This picture angle is crazy looks like his legs are a foot long.

  7. By Big Ken on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    Fun stuff. Did anybody notice ‘Logan Thomas laser’ Darren slipped in on us? I realize when we go full pads it can be a different story.

  8. By LEIANN RIDEAU on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    Don’t under estimate the WO’s from the small schools you see both Brown and Powell will be great Players just watch don’t fall asleep on Powell because. He looks like he’s going to surprise all of Az. He looks like a real Cardinal let’s give him a chance.

  9. By William Barry on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    John Brown is going to be a real great player, Powell too!!!!! I said in an earlier blog, John brown was picked 3rd, so you know he has EXPLOSIVE speed, and great hands.!!!!!

  10. By mal on May 16, 2014 | Reply

    It’s only right the road runner ends up playing for Arizona.

  11. By Virgosports on May 17, 2014 | Reply

    Don’t sleep on Powel!! Walter Payton finalist, Voted All American by FCS, OVC honors,multiple school records and many more. Excellent WR/KR/PR. He has showed he can hang when on a larger scale ( Florida State, Georgia State and Mizzou). Watch out for Powell!!!

  12. By Coz on May 19, 2014 | Reply

    In 3 years brown will be doing NyQuil commercials and 10 ten plays on espn ! In cards jersey ? Is the only question

  13. By br on May 20, 2014 | Reply

    Hopefully holding on to the ball “idea continues, Logan Thomas had to deal with WR dropsies his whole time at VA TECH, now maybe he can concentrate on learning the offense and making the transition to starting QB in the NFL, and not have to worry about a WR holding on to the football, as well, hopefully Ted Guinn left his case of the “dropsies” here in North Carolina!

    Really interested in any updates on the rookie RB’s, Cornett/UNLV would be a huge addition to this Offense if he could show he can catch passes out of the backfield. I honestly dont know if his “horrid” ( for lack of a better word) receiving #’s are a weakness of his or a product of the system he played in at UNLV, I did not see him play at all in college (dont get many games involving UNLV in North Carolina!) Anyone have any insight on him, as well Zach Bauman/NAU…would love to see both make the team, and transform our running game. I believe (and said so many times) going into the draft 2 major weaknesses were RB (btwn the tackles run game) and RIGHT side of O-line we didnt use any high picks on either, unless Nikaus/ND lines up on Rght side of line as extra blocker, so hopefully these RB’s (at least 1 of them comes in and makes a splash!)
    With the Rams having one hell of a draft I see 4 teams neck and neck in the NFC BEST that could win the division, this division is no joke, ots going to be a bloodbath!!! Funny, just a few yrs ago the NFC WEST was the laughing stock of NFL, nobody (and I mean nobody) is laughing at us now!

  14. By br on May 20, 2014 | Reply

    Let me clarify….
    Logan Tomas can concentrate on becoming Arizona’s strarting QB, OF THE FUTURE, after he sit in the 3rd chair this year, backup CP for 2015-16 season getting mentored by both CP and QB coach as well as BA for maybe even 3yrs total, and him becoming a multi purpose weapon on offense (WR, TE, RB, WILDCAT ney…WILDBIRD QB in the redzone) can only be a positive thing in his learning curve, what better tool than to play multiple positions and see the game from the other side, surely it couldnt hurt his QB development.

  15. By br on May 20, 2014 | Reply

    As i have posted in the past i’am intrigued (actually borderline “mental”!! LOL!) when it comes to small school, or even Div I sleepers, UDFA’s small school prospect, underdogs, under the radar gems or possible surprises…whatever you choose to call the guys, guess maybe underdogs would fit the best, but anyhow, i will be posting my thoughts on our Cardinal underdogs, trying to get them all mentioned before I ship over (hopefully for the last go around in that god forsaken “poop-shoot of a country!) I do extensive reading and watch as much film/DVR’ed games as i can, not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but like my posts to be thourough and to open up discussions with other Cardinal fanatics! Be FOREWARNED i have a tendency to ramble on (as i’m doing now!! DAMNIT!!) But the amount of time and research i put into this hobby (obsession!) makes short 1 or2 sentences impossible, also I dont expect 100% agreement, nor do i want it! I have very thick skin and nothing you post in disagreement is going to mentally damage me for life, trust me on that one, although i dont see any need for personal attacks i believe in common courtesy and dont reply to anyones post in that manner. THANKS for taking time to read this rambling rant, i do promise in the future to have much shrter post than this!!!!!!

    Couple of points on Walter Powell… first he has weak upper body, only 10 reps on bench press, has short arms ( can add upper body strength which should come quite quickly) needs to improve route running, agian, a little bit of “tlc” and coaching should improve. Also had off field issues, that included alleged theft, charges were dropped due to lack of evidence! Not a very good blocker (of course most WR’s are not in the NFL because of their blocking skills, and again, once he adds some strength and sees that even proven all-pro veteran WR’s can be very good blockers i think he will improve! Another issue contributed to his size is he will need “free release” at the LOS, if he is jammed at the line his production slips and he seems to become a “non factor” during games, again this too goes back to strength, so i see him living in the weight room from now until the season starts!
    Positives (always end on a positive note, thats a rule I try and live by!) Kick return and punt return will be his bread & butter for awhile anyway, especially KR, had some very impressive #s and returns,will free up PP&TM to concentrate on Defense and reduce chances of injuries (again). Blessed with “game speed” quicker/faster on the field than 40 time suggests. Plays with great instincts, seems to find openings amd is very elusive /slippery after the catch!

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