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Is John Brown Set to Become T.Y. Hilton Version 2.0?

The 2014 season is nearly upon us and fantasy drafts are in full swing. We’re all looking for that late round steal or the complete unknown to be the breakout sleeper that gives us an edge. Sometimes receivers on the rise come in small packages as we saw last season when Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton became elevated to a greater role and status. AJ Weinberg at numberFire.com has taken a look at another small receiver with sleeper potential in John Brown. Could Bruce Arians’ offense be just the thing to make this small form factor receiver rise quickly?

“Now this kid is tiny, but he’s explosive.”

That’s how NFL Network’s Mike Mayock described Cardinals’ third-round pick John Brown. At 5’10” and 175 pounds, Brown may not actually seem so small by normal standards. However, when comparing his hand size (8.5”) and arm length (30.5”) to that of fellow NFL players like rookie Kelvin Benjamin (10.25” and 35”), it’s easy to see why “tiny” is an appropriate description.

For those of you unfamiliar with Brown, he originally played at Division II Mars Hill University before moving to fellow Division II school Pittsburg State University. He had a pretty productive college career, often flashing big-play ability thanks to his game-changing speed. Brown has experience as a kick returner and punt returner from his college days, and is expected to serve as the backup kick returner behind Tedd Ginn Jr. for Arizona this season.

So why has there been growing hype surrounding Brown as we get closer and closer to the season? A big part of the reason has been his strong play in the preseason and the abundance of compliments he’s received from the coaching staff of the Cardinals. Notably, head coach Bruce Arians stated that Brown could play on 60 percent of offensive snaps in 2014, and general manager Steve Keim said Brown has the potential to put up Anquan Boldin-esque production in his rookie season. For reference, Boldin had 101 catches for 1,377 yards and eight scores as a first-year pass-catcher.

While Keim is highly optimistic at best and completely delusional at worst, Brown is still an interesting case to dive into. Will he be valuable in redraft leagues this season? Let’s start by looking at the player he is most commonly compared to.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...