John Brown of Pittsburg State brings NFL intrigue

Wide receiver John Brown drew representatives from seven NFL teams — including a wide receivers coach from the New Orleans Saints, and special teams coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts — to Pittsburg State’s pro day in Pittsburg, Kansas, on March 18.

The workout was held outdoors and run on FieldTurf. The weather conditions featured 20-30 mile per hour wind gusts, 50-degree temperatures and sunshine.

Brown (5-foot-10, 172 pounds) stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine, which were impressive (he posted the second-fastest 40-yard dash time4.34 seconds — among wide receivers). Brown — who has 8 1/8-inch hands — did do eight lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press at Pittsburg State’s pro day, however, after not doing the bench in Indianapolis.

Brown — who originally went to Mars Hill and then had a stop at Coffeyville Community College before attending Pittsburg State — ran routes in receiving drills conducted by the Saints’ assistant coach. He then caught punts from a JUGS machine. The Bengals special teams coach challenged Brown to catch the punts one-handed from the JUGS machine while at the same time throw a ball in the air and catch it with the other hand.

Brown — because of his speed and ability to run back punts — is one of these type of prospects that an NFL team will take a chance on in the later rounds if they have an extra selection.

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