Rookie: running in NFL more than just speed

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

Lions rookie running back Aaron Brown showed off some nice, explosive runs to the outside during minicamp, which could bolster his chances to make the team as a sixth-round pick from Texas Christian.

"Definitely speed, explosion," Brown said of his strengths. "I have a tendency just to get away from players, kind of hard to hit. I'm more of a slasher, not really cut here and jump here. I'm more of a one, two and I'm gone, and my hands are pretty solid, and my overall speed is also a plus."

One thing Brown has learned is that, unlike his college days, the NFL requires more than speed and raw talent.

"In college, really, I outran a lot of people," he said. "Just me having to set people up now, I didn't really have to do that in college. I could just outrun a lot of people and just get around the corner and go for a long run.

"I'm a little smarter, a little bit more patient. In college I was really impatient. I would just run."

Brown said he has worked on learning to exploit matchups against the defense and is becoming comfortable in the zone scheme.

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