We’ve seen the Titans connected to a handful of receiver prospects so far during draft season, one of which being Oklahoma star Marquise Brown. The 5-10, 170 pound speedster has ended up with the Titans in a few mock drafts to this point, which makes sense considering the need for a little more offensive juice. However, Brown’s draft status took a bit of a hit with the news that he underwent surgery for a LisFranc injury last month.
Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown, a projected top 15 pick in April’s NFL Draft, underwent surgery for a LisFranc injury last month that will prevent him from participating in the combine and his Pro Day, but he still is expected to be ready for summer training camp, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 18, 2019
As Schefter notes, Brown will not participate at the NFL Combine or at his pro day. For a guy whose best trait is his elite speed, this is a concerning development for Brown. Teams will already have to get past his lack of size, now this further complicates his draft situation.
At Oklahoma, Brown caught 75 passes for 1,318 yards and ten touchdowns in 2018. Brown was expected to be one of the fastest players at the Combine. Brown has drawn all the obvious comparisons to Desean Jackson so far through the draft process.
The key for Brown now is to pass his medical checkups, which teams will be very interested in during the month of April. The Titans went through a similar situation with Corey Davis before taking him with the 5th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Whether or not the Titans should address the receiver position in free agency or the draft remains a hot topic of debate, but this development with Brown is worth following over the next two months.