Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown may have a big future ahead of him
Brown, who’s filling the same role that T.Y. Hilton is with the Indianapolis Colts, has a striking resemblance to the newly named 2014 Pro Bowler … just read on to find out how similar these two wideouts really are.
Hilton, of course, has emerged as one of the NFL’s best receivers and Brown will attempt to make a similar emergence next season and beyond in the desert.
Brown has an eerily similar skill-set to that of Hilton and has a chance to make the same leap as the now Pro Bowl receiver did over his first three years in the league.
During his rookie season in Indianapolis, Hilton caught 50 passes for 861 yards and seven touchdowns. Brown’s rookie stat line wasn’t all too far off as he reeled in 48 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns.
Hilton went on to surpass 1,000 yards in each of his next two seasons and similar production from Brown next year would certainly be welcomed by the Cardinals offense.
The similarities don’t stop there.
Both Brown and Hilton are almost identical in stature. Brown is 5’10”, 179 pounds while Hilton is 5’9”, 178 pounds. The two are virtually interchangeable physically, depending on what they had for lunch and what shoes they’re wearing.
Both Brown and Hilton played at unheralded college football programs in relative obscurity. Brown played at Pittsburgh State while Hilton starred at Florida International.
Even their stat lines are similar (see below) as both players shattered receiving records at their respective colleges.
Brown at Pitt State
Receiving yards (3,380)
Receiving touchdowns (34)
Hilton at FIU
Receiving yards (3,531)
Receiving touchdowns (24)
After their college careers, both Brown and Hilton were selected in the third round – Brown to the Cardinals with the 91st pick and Hilton to the Colts at the 92nd pick. It doesn’t get much closer than that, folks.
Now the one advantage Hilton has on Brown is playing with QB Andrew Luck. Brown had a legitimate signal caller in Carson Palmer for half of the season but after Palmer went down for the year it was a game of musical chairs for the Cardinals at quarterback.
Brown ended up having passes thrown to him by four different quarterbacks – Palmer, Drew Stanton, Logan Thomas and Ryan Lindley. Brown could use a little help here, but with any good 'luck' of his own Palmer will be 100% for the 2015 season.
That said, one can’t deny the remarkable similarities between Brown and Hilton. And if you’re a fan of the Cardinals, you’re crossing your fingers that Brown develops just like Hilton does over the next handful of years.
Is John Brown the next T.Y. Hilton?
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