Steelers 2013 Sixth Round Draft Pick – Oklahoma WR Justin Brown

The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Oklahoma wide receiver Justin Brown with their first of two six round picks in the 2013 NFL draft.

Height: 6\’3.1″

Weight: 207 pounds

Hand: 9 1/2 inches

Arm: 32 inches

Wingspan: 79 inches

Vertical Jump: 30 1/2 inches

Broad Jump: 9\’9″

40-Yard Dash: 4.59 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.37 seconds

Three-Cone Drill: 6.95 seconds

60-Yard Shuttle: 11.41 seconds


Started all 13 games at wide receiver in his only season at Oklahoma … named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a wide receiver and return man by coaches … leads the team in punt returns and punt return yards while ranking second on the team in all-purpose yards (1,121), receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns … tied a school record with 15 catches and set a career high with 146 yards against Oklahoma State … recorded his first touchdown as a Sooner at Texas Tech.

Junior Started 11 games at Penn State … finished No. 20 in career receiving yards in program history … was the only Nittany Lion to have at least one catch in every game … second on the team with 35 receptions and 517 receiving yards and two touchdowns … led the team with 27 punt returns for 220 yards and was third with 737 all-purpose yards … had a 69-yard touchdown against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl … had four catches for 86 yards vs. Purdue.

Sophomore started eight games, playing in every game at Penn State … third on the team with 33 receptions for 452 yards and one touchdown … in first career start, made one grab for nine yards against Kent State … set then-career-bests with four catches for 84 yards in win over Temple … at Ohio State, caught five passes for 64 yards, including his first career touchdown reception … against No. 10 Michigan State, caught six passes for 106 yards, his first career 100-yard receiving game.

Freshman Played in 10 games … had five receptions for 78 yards on the year … also provided a spark for the punt return unit with seven returns … most notable game was a three-catch, 45-yard effort against Eastern Illinois … one of eight true freshmen to see playing time.

High School
Earned all-state honors as a wideout and defensive back for Coach George Kosanovich at Concord HS … recorded 27 catches for 500 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season … named him a four-star recruit and the top prep player in Delaware in 2008 … as a junior, was named first-team all-state at defensive back and second-team all-state at wide receiver, as well as first-team all-county at wide receiver, defensive back and punter.

Son of Joel and Iris Brown with two older brothers, Joel and Jeremiah … Jeremiah played football at California University of Pennsylvania and a cousin, Christian LeMay, plays quarterback at Georgia … likes to go to the movies, play pool and hang out with friends … interested in becoming a sports broadcaster … born in Cheltenham, Pa.

  • hergieburbur

    Do not like. I wasn’t a fan when he was at PSU and he didn’t do much after he transferred. He has great size but is very much a project.

  • TsarPepe

    I guess that’s what you find in Rd. 6: projects.

  • steeltown

    He has great size and good hands.. but he’s a project… to be honest, I think Derek Moye has more promise and he’s already on roster

  • Tom Yun

    Another local guy who won’t make the team. Still need a TE, OL, and LB Colbert!

  • Kevin Gobleck

    We got Landry jones and his target, wonder if that was planned

  • hergieburbur

    PS player at best right now.

  • Henry

    Should have taken Da’Rick Rogers on upside alone. Who cares if a guy has character concerns when drafting in the 6th rd?

  • grw1960

    I don’t like this pick at all . Should have went with Wr Jaron Brown from Clemson was the same size, ran a 4.42 – 40, had a great pro day and was ranked much higher. Jaron was at least ranked as a 7th rounder.
    Justin’s rank was not even draftable at 450-490

  • David Edward

    Kind of a Clemons type kid. I actually like the other former PSU guy they have better…Moye. However with Landry, they may be good on scout team. I see PS for him in 13 and maybe roster in 14 when Sanders leaves.

  • hergieburbur

    Moye has a lot more upside than Brown, but Brown has a better body type.

  • hergieburbur

    Dave is saying on his twitter feed that this shows Burress is not a lock to make the roster, but Brown is nothing close to a lock himself.

  • Jazz

    Who cares? The two guys they picked last year in the 4th and 5th Round, Chris Rainey and the NT out of Washington University. The Steelers care, I’m glad they do too.

  • LouPGH

    Yeah, I would agree with the general consensus in that I don’t really understand the logic behind this pick. Already addressed WR needs and we have some developmental WRs already on the roster.

  • hergieburbur

    Most scouts had him as a UDFA.

  • rizzo29

    This ain’t cincy

  • Stephen Dale

    Watched him play 13 games for OU last fall and was impressed with Brown for several reasons : 1.) he is a fluid receiver who has good size and has decent speed; 2.) he is an excellent return specialist ; 3.) he is a fast learner!! came last summer, quickly learned what there is of the OU playbook and was a dependable, downfield receiver; 4.) guy has good character and is working on a masters degree so his intelligence is not in question. I will be surprised if he does not make the Steelers roster.

  • Tom Yun

    Da’rick Rogers was still on the board? Double yoi!

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    I guess we are not even looking at guys who failed drug tests this year.

  • hergieburbur

    Good character? He bolted as soon as things got hard at PSU. He is also not likely to get much return work with the other guys we have. He is a PS prospect.

  • hergieburbur

    I’ve been saying that all along. Too many burns in recent years.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    I dont know if that is a reflection of his character. The Penn State scandal was a tough pill to swallow.

  • steeltown

    This is the first head scratcher of the weekend for me… maybe Coach Mann sees something in him… it’ll be interesting to hear what he says

  • $19122620

    I know he had some character concerns, but why are we not drafting someone like Da’Rick Rogers instead of this guy? They clearly could’ve got this guy as a 7th rounder or even UDFA. He’ll be gone in a year or less probably. Wasted pick, IMO.

  • steeltown

    I hope you are correct

  • hergieburbur

    It was tough on the players, and perhaps I am just looking at those that stayed as higher character guys, but it reflects negatively to me on the guys that left. Especially since most of them have had down years from their expectations.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Plus he has fallen off everyone’s board. I can only guess that his coaching interviews at the combine were terrible.

  • hergieburbur

    They aren’t touching any character/drug concerns this year.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    We arent the only team to look past Da’Rick. Must mean something.

  • Jazz

    I disagree; I think he is a couple of notches better than Clemons, he played for a better program as well. Lets not criticize this kid because he decided to leave Penn State due to all of the sex allegations that went on last year. Besides, how many Coaches have actually left and gone onto another University to become a head coach when they knew what was about to materialize at the school? I like this kid; think about it, his skill set fits into Todd Haley’s Offensive Philosophy. I do agree though, Da’ Rick Rogers was probably a better WR. Take a look at the Steelers draft picks, they selected guys that fit into what they are trying to do Offensively and Defensively. I like the pick, I hope he makes the 53 man roster. If this kid can play Special Teams, Burress could be released.

  • $19122620

    Rather take a chance on him and hope he has learned his lesson, with his upside than waste a pick on lesser talent who is less likely to even make the team. Just my opinion. He did seem genuinely remorseful when he appeared on NFL Networks game changers.

  • RW

    I’ll say one thing – this kid can block.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    Are you from Penn State? Then I could see why you brought it up. But I would agree with this statement. The guys who stayed are on another level for sure when talking about character. They showed commitment in the face of adversity. But I wouldnt necessarily knock anyone that left.

  • hergieburbur

    Google Justin Brown scouting profile, and he is about the 6th or 7th listing down. NFL Draft Scout is the only report I can find on him, and they have him at #483 (57th WR) overall. He has great size, but should have been a UDFA.

  • Sylky_Mcnasty

    It seems they were High on him, but I would have taken Chase Thomas, Kevin Reddick, or Joe Kruger there and used the 7th rounder on him or see if he does undrafted. No one was sniffing around this guy.

  • hergieburbur

    Yep. When I Googled him, I got 5 or 6 HS prospects ahead of him.

  • hergieburbur

    I don’t disagree, just trying to see their perspective.

  • SteelerDave

    6’3, 207. If he can play special teams and block he might stick but seems to me he is PS material this year.

  • Guest

    Still nice to vent. My wife doesn’t particularly care, haha! Doesn’t help to vent to her.

  • hergieburbur

    He can block, which is good. He did some returning, but I think he would be a coverage guy for us.

  • SteelerDave

    Maybe Ben lobbied so much for a WR taller then six feet long enough they decided to give this guy a chance. I do not particular like the pick but have an odd feeling he might surprise. I suspect he showed he can block and the brass though he had enough raw talent to risk wasting a 6th on him.

  • Fivesevenzero Sports-Radio

    Who Keeps saying he blocks well? He doesn’t stick 1 WR that i saw on that highlight.. Hes got nice hands but he looks real soft!..

  • hergieburbur

    He’s a solid blocker from what I remember of him, nothing exceptional. I saw Dave tweet something similar and saw it mentioned elsewhere as well.

  • Addison

    Steelers are allergic to tall receivers. Hope for the best

  • David Edward

    I’m a Penn State alumni myself so I don’t blame Brown for leaving. Truth be told, most PSU WRs not named OJ McDuffie or Bobby Engram don’t translate well to NFL

  • Garrett Hunt

    I think he has a chance. Kind of like him on tape. Needs to get stronger though and play more physical football.

  • hergieburbur

    I am, and I am trying not to knock him for leaving except for a character ding. That said, He just doesn’t impress me and was not someone that needed to be drafted as opposed to UDFA.

  • mokhkw

    My thoughts 2. Usually 6th Rd Picks have very short NFL careers & most are never starters. Rogers, if he gets his act together, could not only be a starter, but a star. So a 6th is a small price to pay for that gamble imo.

    As it turns out, no other teams were touching him either and he signed as an UDFA to the Bills shortly after the Draft.

    Mathieu goes in the 3rd & Rogers goes undrafted. Can’t figure that one out at all…..

  • Jazz

    Jerry Sandusky raped little boys over a 10 year + span, the University pretty much turned the other cheek. He decided to depart because the school went on probation due to its own ignorance, and you fault the kid for having bad character? That’s a bunch of Bull (Bleep)!!!! I’m sure you would want your kids to be a part of a program like that. Yeah!

  • Jazz

    The hell with commitment! College Coaches depart all the time! When a college student leaves everybody wants to fault the kid. The hell with that double standard.

  • hergieburbur

    You should realize that:

    A) The football program was not involved in that scandal at all, even if Paterno and McQuery knew. None of the assaults happened directly through the team. They were primarily through his charity and the majority occurred after he left as a coach.

    B) None of the coaches he would be working with were holdovers anyway.

    C) For most players, it was about the loss of bowl eligibility, the sanctions, and the subsequent lack of exposure (which didn’t happen anyway) and how it reflected on possible draft status. Only, he wasn’t on anyone’s radar before anyway.

    Do I fault the kid for leaving? No, they were put in a tough situation and he did what he thought was best. Do I think it says something about his strength of character? Yes.

  • hergieburbur

    It’s mostly a moot point anyway, as he isn’t overly talented. He was ranked the 57th best WR and 483rd best player in the draft by NFL Draft Scout. Character or not, there is no doubt we could have signed him as a UDFA and drafted an O lineman, which was a bigger need.

    I hope he does great and proves everyone wrong, but for now, it was a bad pick.

  • RASTA69

    Precisely! New camp QB gets to begin his grooming by throwing to his favorite target, who is just hoping to make the practice squad and stay in the game…and maybe they and the Steelers all gain from the continuity of extra weekly reps together a few years from now… I mean the kid does get to learn from the NFL’s first ever dual 1000-yard receiving and return yardage player and pick Burress’ mind for tall WR tricks of the trade in this year’s training camp. Nice comfort pick for Jones though.

  • I like this pick because the guy is a big, smart wr that is productive in heavy traffic and making tough catches over the middle. Not the most flashy guy but gets the job done. We had pretty good luck with the last wr named Brown that we took with a 6th round choice. He will have a chance to knock Burress off the roster…we’ll see.