Chykie Brown Goes To Ravens

Chykie Brown wrapped up the last of the Longhorns' picks in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was selected with the 33rd pick of the fifth round, the 164th overall selection, by the Baltimore Ravens.

"It's going to be a great experience to play for the Ravens defense," Brown said. "They're a team known for the defense and they like bigger cornerbacks, so I think I'll fit in their scheme very well. I just want to go up there and be able to show them what I'm about. With Sergio (Kindle) there, and they have guys like Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, they're a great veteran team, and guys will be there to teach me and take me under their wing and make me a better player. That's a great thing."

Brown's selection, combined with that of CB Aaron Williams and CB Curtis Brown this year, marks the second time in the last five years the Longhorns have had three defensive backs selected in the same draft. Safety Michael Griffin (Tennessee Titans - first round), CB Aaron Ross (New York Giants - first round) and CB Tarell Brown (San Francisco 49ers - fifth round) were chosen in the 2007 draft.

"Chykie is a guy that continued to get better and better each year," Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "His ball skills improved.  He was a dominating cover guy up until he broke his arm. That probably slowed him a little bit because people didn't get to see him as much in the latter part of the season and at the end of the year. But we feel like Chykie, because he has great skills and size to play man-to-man, has a chance to be a great NFL player."

Brown will join a 2010 Texas draft pick, Sergio Kindle, on the Ravens. Kindle was a second-round pick a year ago. Former Longhorn Cory Redding is also on the Raven roster.

"Actually it's funny because the Bengals had just called me because they had one of the picks after the Ravens and they said they were interested in me, so I got happy," Chykie Brown said. "Then I got another phone call from Baltimore and they said one of the reasons I lasted longer is because of my forearm, but that they liked me and wanted me to be a Raven and that they were picking me. I just got so happy I almost cried, and my family got so excited, and I just told them I was ready to go to work."

Brown appeared in 47 career games, starting 29, and notched 106 tackles (71 solo), two INTs, 24 PBU, four sacks, nine TFL, three pressures and two forced fumbles. In 2010, he started nine games at cornerback before suffering a season-ending forearm injury against Kansas State. He helped UT rank sixth in total defense in the nation (300.2 ypg) and sixth in passing defense (161.6 ypg), while logging 19 tackles (14 solo), one sack, two TFL,seven PBU, one forced fumble and two pressures on the year.

One of the best athletes on the last year's Texas team, Brown said he was pushed down a bit because of his forearm injury. But he also received some advice from a former Longhorn great.

"Aaron Ross came by my house yesterday and just offered a lot of support," Chykie Brown said. "He said I might not go where I thought I was going to go, but that I was definitely going to get picked, and there are a lot of guys out there that might not. He just told me that once it happens, I just have to work hard and show everybody what I can do."

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