Marquise Brown was not merely small. He was painfully thin, a Lilliputian in a land of mammoths.
The first-round NFL grade? The spectacular touchdown hook-ups with two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks? The "Hollywood" nickname bestowed by a famous announcer?
A few years ago, those notions would have prompted guffaws from even the staunchest supporters of the then-130-pound stick figure. The first round of the NFL draft is inevitably stocked with athletes who've been the biggest and most acclaimed since they were 10 years old. That was not Marquise Brown.
Which helps explain the tears that streamed down his face Thursday night