Scout's Notebook: WR Freddie Brown

With the Vikings a bit thin at wide receiver in training camp, the team added a young prospect to take some reps. Here's a closer look:

#89, Freddie Brown (6025, 204, 4.52-4.67) Utah

Notes: Born 6/24/86, in LaVerne, California. Parents are Fred and Susan Brown. Has one sister. Father is a counselor in the Los Angeles Unified School District. His cousin played for the Washington Redskins. Attended Damien High School (Calif.), where he was first-team all-league in both football and basketball, lettering three times in both sports. He had 45 catches for 685 yards and 5 touchdowns as a senior in 2003 and set the school record for longest reception (97 yards). Career numbers were 61 receptions, 895 yards and 6 touchdowns. Damien High won back-to-back league titles (2002-03). He was an honor roll student all four years. Brown is a devout Christian (read more...).

College: Originally went to Citrus (Junior) College in 2004, where he redshirted as a freshman. Played in four games in 2005, catching 2 passes for 43 yards. Also received All-MWC academic recognition. Transferred to Utah in 2006; played in all 13 games (starting 2) and caught 17-196, and made Utah's Athletics Academic Honor Roll. In 2007, he played in 12 games and caught 20-219. Earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2008, starting all 13 games as he caught 77-900-7, including a career-high 12-125 in the team's Sugar Bowl win over Alabama following his senior campaign. Graduated in May 2008 with a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies.

Pre-Draft: Measured 6025 (6'-2 5/8"), 215 pounds...1.55 10-yard dash...2.70 20-yard dash...4.57 40-yard dash...36-inch vertical jump...9'-5" broad jump...4.24 20-yard shuttle...6.85 three-cone drill.

Pro: Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round (No. 252 overall) in 2009. He played in all four preseason games, with one catch for 18 yards. Waived by the Bengals on Sept. 5, he was re-signed to their practice squad on Nov. 10, where he remained through the end of the postseason. Signed a futures contract with the Bengals in January 2010. He went to training camp with the Bengals but was waived on July 29, 2010, to make room for the signing of Terrell Owens.

Positives: Nice-sized target with soft hands. Tall with a long body and above-average leaping ability. Has been productive in big games (see Sugar Bowl as senior at Utah against Alabama). Uses his body well to shield defenders and is considered reliable catching the football. Can be effective in the Red Zone. Runs well after the catch. Quality young man with good values, maturity and character.

Negatives: Does not have top-flight speed or good separation quickness. Cannot outrun most NFL cornerbacks. Does not have a long track record of productivity and still needs refinement in several areas.

Summary: More than likely he will be little more than a solid training camp body to take reps off the front-line players, but he's the kind of player you enjoy having in camp because he has legitimate NFL size and ability, but also brings solid character and work ethic to the day-to-day grind.

Kevin Brown has been providing personnel analysis and writing about the Vikings for more than 20 years with Viking Update. Follow VU on Twitter and discuss this and other topics on our message boards.

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