As Calais Campbell walked past wide receiver John Brown and a surrounding interview contingent on Monday, the veteran defensive end vocalized an idea becoming more believable by the day. “Future star right there,” Campbell said.
Brown was an unknown before the Cardinals drafted him in the third round in May, but has thus far wowed the organization with his progress. The Pittsburg State product picked up significant buzz with his offseason production and played well on the first two days of training camp.
Monday was the first day of full pads, and coach Bruce Arians was interested to know how he would handle the change.“Can he play that fast? Can he get off the jam?” Arians said. “It’ll be more physical.”
Brown did his part to give answers, highlighting the practice with an 82-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Drew Stanton in 11-on-11 action. The defensive players refrained from laying big hits during the session, so it wasn’t quite the real thing, but it was yet another standout showing in a long string of them.
Brown would be getting more hype if not for the presence of Ted Ginn, whom the Cardinals signed to stretch the defense. Brown is a name to remember in the final rounds.