Panthers Meet Rising Receiver Prospect

The Panthers struggled to get consistent production from their wide receivers in 2010, with no wide-out reaching even 50 receptions or 600 yards. That may force the team to draft another receiver in '11. Ron Rivera may have one in mind, as his team talked with this rising prospect during Senior Bowl week.

San Diego State WR Vincent Brown confirms to he had a meeting with the Panthers during Senior Bowl week.

Brown is all about production. He showed that by finishing his four-year Aztecs career with 209 catches, 3,110 yards and 23 touchdowns. Those numbers were helped by a monster senior season in which he hauled in 69 balls for 1,352 yards and 10 scores.

He continued that production this offseason at the Senior Bowl. Before catching four balls for 43 yards in the game, he dominated opposing defensive backs all throughout the week in practice, catching the eyes of hundreds of scouts in attendance.

"It went pretty well," Brown said. "We were just out there trying to run routes well and show what we can do. There was a lot of talent out there."

WR Vincent Brown
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Other receivers had better measurables than Brown (6-foot-0, 190 pounds), but few could match his productivity. He exploded off of the line, broke crisply in and out of his cuts and caught everything thrown in his direction.

His ability to anticipate the defense and attack its soft spots drew comparisons to Keenan McCardell, who played 17 years in the league and finished with more than 11,000 receiving yards.

"I sell [scouts on] my big-play ability, as well as my understanding of offensive and defensive schemes," Brown said. "Whenever I step on the field I have to make plays. I'm not the biggest, fastest or strongest guy, so I have to do whatever it takes to do my job. That's how I approach it."

The film does not lie -- Brown can make plays on offense, as evidenced by the fact he set an SDSU record with 13 100-yard receiving games in his career.

However, Brown knows he will also have to make plays on special teams if he hopes to see the field much as a rookie.

"The only thing I did in college is kick returns; I did that up until my junior year," said Brown, who averaged 21.1 yards on 35 returns in his career. "I'm sure I'll be involved on special teams on the next level, though, so I'll have to step in and do whatever my job is."

In addition to special teams, Brown figures to contribute immediately as a possession receiver who can split wide or play out of the slot. Because of his sure hands, he should be an immediate weapon in spread and third-down situations.

He is a projected middle-round pick, likely to go between rounds three and five.

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Michael Lombardo is a member of Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the network. His work has been published by NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports.

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