Brown and Gibson set for 2005 Draft

ATHENS – Reggie Brown never cut as wide a path through Athens as Fred Gibson did. Gibson caught more passes, gained more yards, scored more touchdowns and certainly got more attention than Brown thanks to his outgoing personality and flashes of brilliant talent.

But, with the NFL Draft just a week away, Reggie Brown, 6-foot-2, 196 pounds, appears to have raced past a stalling Fred Gibson in the eyes of NFL scouts and has put himself in position to be selected as high as late in the first round.

"He doesn't have imposing size, but he really doesn't have a glaring weakness," said Frank Coyle, who has published Draft Insiders' Digest for 14 years and operates "He looks like a guy who can step in and play next year."

Brown was destined to climb up draft boards this time of year thanks to his unique physical gifts. Along with bench pressing more than 400 pounds, he's the fastest of the Bulldogs' draft eligible players. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and was timed under 4.4 by several scouts at Georgia's Pro Day last month. He also showed off a vertical leap of 411/2 inches at the combine. Only six players in the country jumped higher than that at this year's combine.

"Going into the combine and pro days, I just wanted to go out there and show my athletic ability and explosiveness," Brown said. "That's something they look for and something I have."

Brown has no idea where he's going to be picked, he said, but he's not surprised he has so much momentum heading into the final week.

"I expected myself to be up there with elite," he said. lists Brown as it "rising" player among the wide receiver class, and the Web site's Pete Prisco predicted that Brown would be the first Georgia player taken this season (No. 25 overall to Denver), ahead of defensive prospects Thomas Davis and David Pollack. He is the fifth-best wide receiver in this year's class, according to an analysis.

"Has passed up a lot of higher-profile guys since the end of the season and (is) no worse than a high second-round selection,"'s report stated.

The most recent mock draft by Scouts Inc. projects Brown will be selected with the third pick of the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown is the only Bulldog offensive player Scouts Inc. expects to go in the first two rounds of the draft.

Meanwhile, Gibson's stock seems to be slipping. He's not one of the top 13 receivers in the draft, according to, and a Scouts Inc. profile suggests NFL teams have concerns about his character and durability. Gibson was hampered by injuries ranging from hamstring to knee and thumb in his four seasons, but he never found serious trouble in Athens.

"I really don't pay that stuff no attention because people just do that to make money," Gibson said. "It's not like they're calling NFL teams and NFL teams are telling them where people are going to go."

Gibson also is being dogged by one of the things that most bothered Georgia fans about him.

"He is still a guy who you have to be concerned about his drops," Coyle said. ranks Gibson the 10th-best wide receiver in the draft and projects he'll be picked in the late second or early third round. Gibson has no clear idea of where he'll be selected, he said, but it's clear he thinks it will be in the first three rounds, which are held on Saturday.

"Whenever they call my name Saturday, I'll be happy," he said.

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