Speedy Brown Healthy for Rutgers Pro Day

Receiver Tim Brown had a breakout 2009 season for Rutgers, which pushed his NFL draft stock up and made playing professionally a viable option. He has tremendous speed, and Wednesday he will get to showcase it as the Scarlet Knights host their annual pro day inside the Bubble. Brown talks about the health of his ankle, and what he proved in tallying 1,150 receiving yards last season.

Tim Brown is no longer limping, and a cortisone shot isn't needed to get him on the field.

So, yes, the electric receiver who had a breakout senior season at Rutgers is ready for Wednesday's pro day inside the Bubble. And he is bringing his most important asset, ridiculous speed, for the NFL scouts to see.

"I need to run fast, and show them I can run routes and that I can catch the football no matter what, and get through my breaks with speed,'' Brown said. "I'm in real good shape. My ankle is feeling much better and I'm ready to go.''

The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Brown ended the season with a badly sprained left ankle, which limited his availability and effectiveness in the last month of the season.

But many, if not all, of the NFL talent evaluators will be standing at the 40-yard dash, stopwatch in hand, to witness Brown's speed.

He has been clocked as fast at 4.32 seconds, and although he proved to be much more than a speedster during his senior season, it is the main reason he could find himself selected during the middle rounds of April's draft.

Yet, Brown isn't stressed about needing to showcase his speed once again.

"I was born to run fast,'' he said. "That's all I need to get done; run a fast time.''

Brown's speed is the eye-popping aspect of his game, but it was everything else he did last season that put him on NFL draft boards.

In his first three seasons he struggled to get into the rotation as Kenny Britt and Tiquan Underwood were the dominant receivers in the passing game. But with both heading to the NFL last season, and with Brown the only experienced returner, he became the leader of the unit.

Despite opponents rolling coverages in his direction to limit his effectivenss, and the lack of a third receiver to go along with Brown and freshman Mohamed Sanu, Brown caught 55 passes for 1,150 yards and nine touchdowns. He also averaged a staggering 20.9 yards per catch despite being the only downfield threat in the offense.

"I had a big year, and people wanted to see if I could handle all the pressure, take all the hits, and be the go-to guy,'' Brown said. "I had a breakthrough season showing them I could be the go-to guy, and get the job done.''

Despite playing at "around 150 pounds,'' according to Brown, he absorbed hard hits and continued to play well. He injured his ankle against Syracuse when teammate Anthony Davis fell on him. The ankle sprain hindered Brown's final month of the season, and affected his production, and it didn't heal until he was able to rest after the St. Petersburg Bowl win against Central Florida.

"I took like two weeks off and got treatment,'' Brown said. "By the end of it, it was feeling better. I'll be doing everything (at pro day).''

Brown, who attended Miami Northwestern High, added five pounds while working out in Florida, but he said his goal wasn't to remake his body.

"They've done a great job with my body, of toning it up,'' Brown said. "It's not so much the weight, but the muscle, and making me thick. My body feels great. Better than ever.

"I'm ready to go. I'm ready to show what I can do.''

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