According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Oklahoma Sooners standout wide receiver Marquise Brown underwent LisFranc surgery in January. Brown, who has been projected in the top-15 of the 2019 NFL draft, will be forced to miss the NFL combine as well as Oklahoma’s pro day. However, league sources believe Brown will be ready for summer training camp.
Although each NFL team was notified of Browns injury on Friday, the news didn’t break until Monday. Yet, if anybody paid attention to the Sooners, they may have been preparing to hear news about Brown’s foot injury since the Big 12 Championship game.
During his two seasons with the Sooners, Brown emerged as one of the most explosive wide receivers in college basketball. However, He injured his LisFranc in the second half of the 39-27 win over the Texas Longhorns. Brown caught five passes for 54 yards in the victory. It was the last time he would catch a ball in an Oklahoma uniform.
Although Brown played in the College Football Playoff matchup against Alabama, he was held without a reception. Many praises the Crimson Tide defense, but Brown was clearly hobbled in the Orange Bowl and played as a shell of himself in a quest for a national title.
Brown caught 17 touchdown passes in 26 games with the Sooners. He amassed 2,413 receiving yards in two seasons, while averaging 18 yards per reception. Brown has deep threat ability. He can also catch short to intermediate passes and take the ball to the house. Unfortunately, NFL organizations won’t be able to see what he runs in the 40 before the April draft. Instead, each front office will only have to validate their selection based off of the tape from prior seasons.
Clearly, some teams will shy away from Brown due to the injury. Yet, if they have a long-term view of their football program, Brown should be under consideration with or without an injury.
Brown is a smaller wide receiver, listed as a 5’10” 168 pound dynamo. He is able to play in the slot as well as on the perimeter of the offense. He was also one of the main targets for each of the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Maybe, Brown falls into a place with familiar surrounding if his draft stock plummets due to the injury.