NORMAN — Justin Brown felt like his resume merited an invite to February's NFL Combine, but one never came.
Brown also believes his size and skills are valuable enough to make him worth a draft selection later this week. Most signs, though, indicate the 6-foot-3, 207-pound receiver will probably end up an undrafted free agent.
“A little disappointed, but at the end of the day, there was really nothing else I could do,” Brown said last month at OU's Pro Day when asked about the combine. “I did my best on the field, but at the end of the day, I don't make the decisions. That's why I had to work hard and try to prove myself at pro day.”
Brown's speed has been the main concern NFL scouts have expressed, he said. He ran a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash at Pro Day.
“I feel like I could've done a little better in the 40 today, but I feel like I had pretty good speed,” Brown said. “The rest now is just going off the film.”
Brown played his first three collegiate seasons at Penn State. He transferred to Oklahoma last August and was immediately eligible, as per a provision in the NCAA sanctions handed down in response to the Penn State child abuse scandal.
The transfer allowed Brown to escape the unthinkably difficult situation at Penn State and become part of an offense better suited for his skill set. In three seasons as a Nittany Lion, Brown caught just three touchdown passes.
Last season at Oklahoma, he scored five touchdowns, while also hauling in career-highs with 73 receptions and 879 receiving yards.
Brown, OU's second-leading receiver in 2012, said the transfer also boosted his NFL chances.
“I think it helped, as far as being able to go to a new system and pick it up as fast as I did, and to play with a pro style quarterback like Landry (Jones),” Brown said. “Just playing here and actually getting some balls thrown to me and having some production.”
Brown's potential as a special teams contributor might also make him more attractive to NFL teams. He averaged 13.6 yards per punt return last season, with one touchdown.
“I think whenever you can play special teams at the next level, that's definitely gonna help your status,” Brown said.