Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 2/56 - Arthur Brown, LB, 6-0, 241, Kansas State...Brown has drawn comparisons to a young Ray Lewis because of his lack of ideal size, speed and emotional, relentless style of play. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year figures to immediately start at one of the inside linebacker spots in the Ravens' 3-4 scheme. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 2/56 - Arthur Brown, LB, 6-0, 241, Kansas State...Brown has drawn comparisons to a young Ray Lewis because of his lack of ideal size, speed and emotional, relentless style of play. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year figures to immediately start at one of the inside linebacker spots in the Ravens' 3-4 scheme. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Super Bowl champion Ravens traded three draft picks to make sure they acquired athletic, undersized Kansas State All-American inside linebacker Arthur Brown in the second round. Trading up six spots with the Seattle Seahawks to select Brown 56th overall, the Ravens exchanged their original second-round pick (62nd overall), a fifth-round selection (165th) and a sixth-rounder (199th) to land the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. "He's a guy that we coveted," Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. "He's one of our favorite players. We started to sweat a little bit as we started to see some good players go off the board. The idea of not getting him was pretty scary, so we decided to make a move." Brown was a large part of the Ravens' main ambition this offseason: upgrading the interior of their defense after finishing 20th against the run last season. Besides drafting hard-hitting Florida safety Matt Elam in the first round, the Ravens picked bulky Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams in the third round. "When we talked after the Super Bowl, we talked about getting stronger up the middle," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "Over the past two days, the picks have definitely addressed the middle of our defense." Brown is expected to immediately compete for a starting job at inside linebacker. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Although Brown is lighter than ideal at 6-0, 242 pounds, he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds and was a two-time team captain at Kansas State. The native of Wichita, Kan., has drawn high grades for his athleticism and tackling skills. He literally plays sideline to sideline, chasing people down for 218 career tackles, 17 for losses, and three interceptions.
"Honestly, I really never figured myself to be a smaller linebacker," Brown said during a conference call after being picked. "I know to some it may matter, but you can never measure the heart of a man. It really is just about your willingness to put it all out there. I play with my heart and my passion and my love for the game. You really can't put a size on that."
Brown has drawn several comparisons to Ray Lewis primarily because of his relentless, emotional approach to the game. Much like Lewis when he was drafted in the first round by the Ravens during their inaugural draft in 1996, the main question mark surrounding Brown is his lack of size. "Honestly, it's an honor to even be mentioned in the same sentence as him," Brown said of Lewis. "I have a lot of respect for Ray. Just have an opportunity to fulfill what he was able to accomplish throughout his time frame, is a great honor." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 21. LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State (6-0, 241, 5SR)...His lack of size and growth potential might limit him in some schemes, but Brown quickly diagnoses the action and wastes little time attacking with explosiveness. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 34. Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State: Scouts wish he were a bit bigger and made more impactful plays, but no linebacker in the 2013 draft plays with greater instincts, hustle and reliable open-field tackling than Brown. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com