Cardinals take John Brown in 3rd

May, 9, 2014
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The pick: John Brown, wide receiver, Pittsburg State

My take: He may be fast, having run a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, but Brown may have trouble making this roster. He has three speed guys ahead of him -- all of whom were hand-picked by Cardinals coach Bruce Arians -- in Ted Ginn, Teddy Williams and Brittan Golden. Brown has been compared to Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown because of his size and speed. If he finds a role on this team it's because Arians will make sure he plays the Hilton/Antonio Brown role, which John Brown could be very successful at if he stays healthy. With speedy receivers already on the roster, it seemed that going after another one could've been saved for the later rounds.

Role models: If you're a 5-foot-10 wide receiver, there are few options for role models in the NFL. But the two whom Brown looks up to are the ones Arians wants him to emulate (Hilton and Antonio Brown). And they're not a bad pair. If Arians had his way, John Brown's game and career would mirror those of Hilton (5-9) and Antonio Brown (5-10). As long as John Brown can stay healthy, he'll be able to take the top off defenses and will contribute on punt and kick returns.

What’s next: If the Cardinals continue to pick on need, they will be looking at a defensive lineman, linebacker and possibly a running back in their final three picks.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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