Now in the NFL, Brown is optimistic that the skills that allowed him to excel in college — including intercepting and sacking Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III when he was a Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor — will make him successful with the Ravens.
Brown has legitimate sideline to sideline range with 4.58 speed in the 40-yard dash, rivaling running backs' speed.
What Brown lacks is ideal size for a linebacker, which hasn't affected him in the NFL.
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"I've never considered myself to be small," Brown said. "I've never felt small amongst a group of men. It's about heart and that's what you have to take into account. That's what keeps me driving, keeps me moving."
Brown hasn't emphasized getting bigger, reporting to training camp at roughly 232 pounds.
He fluctuates between 230 pounds and 235 pounds
"Arthur has weighed pretty much the same since the ninth grade," Butler said. "Arthur is a meticulous eater who could easily be 250 pounds if he wanted. He's fast and his endurance doesn't stop. He won't stop until somebody is down on the ground."
As a weakside inside linebacker in the Ravens' 3-4 scheme, Brown's game is based on speed more than bulk. Playing behind imposing defensive linemen like Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, Brown is shielded from taking on blocks so he can chase down running backs.
"If you talk to defensive coordinators schooled in the 3-4, they'll tell you inside linebacker is not a position that requires you to be 6-3, 250 pounds anymore," said Louis Riddick, an ESPN analyst and former Philadelphia Eagles director of pro personnel. "The Ravens have it designed so the nose guards and other defensive linemen clog it up and make everything bounce wide. Arthur Brown is tailor-made for that defense.
"Nobody got downhill faster or got off blocks with better leverage and attacked better in the Big
12 than Arthur Brown. The Ravens have some horses upfront, so Arthur should be able to stay as clean as possible. He's more than equipped to shed, get off the block and go make a lot of tackles."
Brown got off to a relatively quiet start during the Ravens' 44-16 preseason victory Thursday night over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Although he finished with no tackles, Brown didn't look out of place on the field as he shadowed receivers.
Brown is listed behind inside linebackers Daryl Smith and Josh Bynes on the depth chart, which follows the Ravens' tradition of making rookies earn a starting job regardless of their draft status. He promptly entered the game during the first defensive series against Tampa Bay.
When the Ravens drafted Brown, they traded three draft picks to the Seattle Seahawks to move up six spots to acquire him with the 56th overall selection. He's signed to a four-year, $3.554 million contract that includes a $964,896 signing bonus.
Brown is intent on giving the Ravens a major return on their investment.
"My rookie year, I want to compete to be a starter," Brown said. "I'm extremely ambitious. My biggest goal right now is grasping and having a great understanding of the defensive scheme and philosophy. I just want to play like a machine."
Arthur Brown file
Hometown: Wichita, Kan.
College: Kansas State
Acquired: Rookie second-round draft pick selected by the Ravens 56th overall in April.
Career stats: 218 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and six pass deflections
Honors: All-America selection named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and Big East Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2011.
Personal: His brother, Bryce Brown, plays running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Arthur Brown graduated with a degree in social sciences from Kansas State.
Quotable: "Arthur Brown is a physical, downhill guy who can run," former Denver Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist said. "He's compact and tough, and should give the Ravens a lot of flexibility as an all-around linebacker."
-- Aaron Wilson