Friday Featured Athlete: Baltimore Ravens Top Draft Pick Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown
Marquise "Hollywood" Brown introduced himself to NFL fans in a big way in the Baltimore Ravens' win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 of the 2019 season. But the journey to that point is one that might as well have been written in Hollywood.
After starring in track and football during his high school years, Brown didn't receive a Division I scholarship and chose to attend College of the Canyons in 2016. Not able to enjoy the amenities of an athletic scholarship, Brown worked at the local Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park to help make ends meet.
Brown received numerous scholarships the following season, and eventually chose to commit to the Oklahoma Sooners. During his first year on the team, Brown led the team in receiving yards and placed at No. 8 all-time for receiving yards in a single season. "Hollywood" Brown followed that up with an even better statistical season, snagging 75 receptions and compiling 1,318 receiving yards.
Brown announced his intentions to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. A foot injury that hindered his ability to showcase all of his skills but the Ravens chose to believe in his game tape, drafting Brown in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared Brown to current WR DeSean Jackson prior to the NFL Draft.
"Hollywood" is a skinny, but speedy receiver with game-breaking potential on every snap. His ability to race past cornerbacks and separate deep will require specific coverage and safeties ready to help. His thin frame is a liability when faced with contested catches both short and deep, and long-term durability is a legitimate concern. However, his ability to threaten deep with long speed and short as an elite run-after-catch talent gives him a chance to become the most impactful wideout in this draft. (via NFL.com)
"Hollywood" Brown made his NFL debut in Week 1 of the NFL regular season and put on a show against the Dolphins defense. He became the first player to score 2 touchdowns of 40 yards or more in his first game. He finished with 147 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 receptions.
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