Marquise Brown was simply electrifying the last two years at Oklahoma. He has elite speed, excellent hands and he tracks the ball well when it’s in the air. He shows all the traits you look for in an elite downfield threat, and he has the route-running ability to be a WR1 at the next level. The Ravens will likely plug him in as a starter on the outside right away, and quarterback Lamar Jackson has a big arm. He’ll have a hard time overthrowing Brown if he gets some air under it.
Brown’s size, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, could open him up to durability issues. He’s currently recovering from foot surgery, which kept him from running at the combine, and he started camp on the NFI list. When he does get back, there’s no guarantee the volume or quality targets will be there for him to produce. Jackson never attempted more than 25 passes in a game as a starter, and completed only 58.2% of his passes over the course of his rookie season.
2019 Bottom Line
Brown is too risky to count on in redraft leagues as anything other than a late-round flyer. He may be late to the field due to his foot, may struggle with injuries due to his size and might not get enough targets to be relevant in a run-first offense. That being said, he’ll catch some bombs, so he’s worth rostering in best-ball formats, and he should be considered a solid dynasty stash due to his immense talent.