Scouting Report: Aaron Brown

The Colts added former New Hampshire and Bills wide receiver Aaron Brown to the roster. Find out why -- and what you can expect to see from him in Jerry Langton's insightful scouting report.

Aaron Brown, WR
New Hampshire

Numbers: 6'3 (6026)/212 pounds, 4.53 forty speed, 14 reps, 36.5 vertical, 10'7 long jump, 4.01 shuttle, 7.00 cone

2006 stats: 39-435-4 receiving, 5-5-0 rushing

The Player: Before the draft, I got my hands on some New Hampshire game tape because I wanted to check out David Ball. He seemed like the kind of player the Colts like. Although he's not the most physically gifted guy around, Ball was a dominating receiver who managed to dominate at the small-school level with awesome quickness, cuts sharp enough to cut a diamond and hands softer than velvet a foot thick. But Ball went undrafted and is now in the Bears' camp.

  Photo: U. of New Hampshire
Instead, the Colts have now signed New Hampshire's other guy, the receiver they threw to when Ball was facing triple coverage, Aaron Brown. Physically, he's everything Ball isn't. He's tall, strong and fast. While he's no burner, Brown does play faster than his 4.53 Pro Day clocking would have you believe. The flipside is that he isn't the player Ball was. He doesn't run great routes, rounds his cuts, doesn't make the little adjustments that save quarterbacks' lives and move chains.  And his hands are (to be polite) inconsistent at best. While Ball is an accomplished wide receiver lacking athletic skills, Brown is an athlete lacking wide receiver skills.

But while Ball will never get any bigger or faster, there's a chance Brown could, with good coaching, acquire the polish necessary to make him into an NFL wide receiver. The word from scouts is that he's a serious, smart and coachable young man, but you have to wonder why the Bills have already given up on him.

Interestingly, Brown and Ball are best friends off the field and play in a band together.

Reminds me of: I hate to say it, but Brown seems to be a carbon copy of the guy they cut to sign him — Devin Aromashodu. Both are the kind of tall, strong wideouts who make scouts drool, but also tend to make coaches throw their headsets to the turf in frustration.

How he fits: Right now, the Colts have ten wide receivers in camp, including one superstar, one megastar and two draft picks. Brown not only shows up late, but he lines up as No. 10. For him to have any chance to make the practice squad — let alone the roster — he'll have to show a lot more skill and discipline than he did in New Hampshire or in Buffalo.

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