Brown Makes Two

Curtis Brown was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round Friday night, making him the second Longhorn, and second Texas defensive back, selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Brown's name popped up on the third-to-last pick of the third round, the 95th overall selection. "I've accomplished something that I set a goal [for] a long time ago - that I would make something of myself," Brown said. "Even if I don't succeed past this point – I set this goal and I reached it and I'm proud of myself. It's a blessing.

"CoachAkina is amazing. He taught me so much and I'm just happy that I made that decision to go to Texas and [play] under him and Mack Brown and Coach Rucker. Those three are amazing. Amazing. I'm just growing as a player and I'm going to keep growing and I'm just blessed to take this next step." The last time Texas had two or more DB's selected in the same draft was in 2007 when three Longhorns were selected: Michael Griffin (Tennessee Titans – first round), Aaron Ross (New York Giants – first round) and Tarell Brown (San Francisco 49ers – fifth round). In all, 11 Texas defensive backs have been selected in the past 10 years.

"Curtis has come so far since he's been here. He was a wide receiver in high school so he has outstanding hands,"  Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "He's a guy that can cover man-to-man. That's what they are looking for in the NFL. Everybody has to have that cover guy so you can lock up the two best receivers and play nine-on-seven with the rest of them. Curtis can do that, and that's why we think he has got a lot of potential in the NFL."

Brown is considered to have great size and excellent athleticism for the cornerback position.

Brown was a four-year cornerback who appeared in 52 games, including 28 starts in the last 52 games and with the exception of PAT and FG, played on every specialteam during his career. Overall, he compiled 120 tackles (86 solo), two INT, including one he returned 77 yards for a TD, 32 PBU, three TFL, one forced fumble and one blocked punt.  He also had 35 career special-teams tackles and returned 14 punts for 199 yards (14.2 ypr).

Brown played in all 12 games in 2010, starting 10,  where he recorded 26 tackles, one INT, seven PBU and one TFL. He was a member of the 2010 Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award preseason watch lists and was second-team All-Big 12 in 2010.

The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed both lines with their other two picks, taking Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward in the first round and Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert in the second.

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