Brown was a four-year starter and team leader. He finished his career with 10,558 passing yards, 100 touchdowns and only 32 interceptions, becoming the first player from Central Arkansas to be invited to the Senior Bowl.
There are some drawbacks with Brown. He didn't face top competition at the I-AA level and doesn't have experience in a pro-style offense. Because of that, the Senior Bowl was a golden opportunity to prove he could hang with the big boys.
"The Senior Bowl was a chance to show my talents and what I can bring to an NFL team," Brown said. "I played on a smaller stage than most of the guys, so I didn't have the opportunity to get the exposure they got. But we're all equal now."
QB Nathan Brown
Spending Senior Bowl week with players from top schools, whose names have been spoken many times, Brown felt the pressure to show he is capable of doing all that they are.
He capped off a strong week with a strong showing in the game, completing 9-of-15 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. His scoring strike was a 4-yard pass to Oregon RB Jeremiah Johnson in the final minute of the first half.
"I wanted to have a good week and show that I can make all the throws that it takes, be a good decision-maker, and that I am efficient with the football. Hopefully, positive things will happen," he said.
Although Brown's North team came up short, 35-18, he was grateful to spend the week under the guidance of the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff.
For a small-school player looking to make the leap to the NFL, a week of hands-on teaching from head coach Marvin Lewis and QBs coach Ken Zampese is priceless.
"It's a pleasure," Brown said. "No matter what the outcome of this whole situation is for me, this is definitely going to be something I will remember for a long time.
"Just getting to know all the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff was a neat process. That's definitely a positive thing and they give NFL feedback, so that's huge for me."
The Chargers are not afraid to select a small-school quarterback late in the draft, even with the depth chart already in fine shape. In 2002, the team spent a seventh-round pick on QB Seth Buford from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, despite already having Drew Brees and Doug Flutie on the roster.
If the Chargers can land Brown with a late pick, he would likely cool his heels on the practice squad in 2009. After that, he could take the place of QB Charlie Whitehurst, who is entering the final year of his contract.
Brown feels he can earn a roster spot on any team, and is confident in his ability to make a ball club even better.
"I protect the football; I don't throw interceptions (31:4 TD-to-INT ratio last season); and I don't turn it over too much. Hopefully, I can bring all that to the table, and as I get more experienced, I can bring a winning tradition to whatever program I go to."