Kensat30 wrote:I'm salivating at drafting Chris Brown in the 3rd round this year if Tennessee doesn't sign Henry. I love it when guys make a joke and chuckle about Chris Brown being injury prone, just drives his value down as other people are too afraid to make a move for him.
Break out the crystal ball and pray fellas, Chris Brown's got talent and he'll be on my team for the price of a 3rd rounder.
I'd tend to agree, Kensat.
Certain guys (Fred Taylor, Tiki, C-Mart) tend to get a bad reputation in FFootball circles due to injuries, fumbling issues, age, etc. Once stricken with the given stigma, and endlessly being made fun of, it takes a huge performance to get back into the graces of FFootball fans.
Freddie has issues this off-season, however, it should be noted that he's only missed two games in the last three seasons, which is better than 90% of the starting RB's in this league. Tiki led the league in combined yardage last season, but continues to be undervalued for the most part. C-Mart, people were laughing at you if you drafted old-ass, C-Mart as a top 15 RB preseason last year.
Certainly, Brown doesn't rank with these guys in term of proven long-term production, and it's a little different looking at an up-and-coming young guy; but I really do like his potential.
Every year guys get written off too early, usually aging vets, but to write off Brown with the "injury prone" tag this early just seems a bit premature to me. The guy was a monster when healthy last year, and I think the "injury-prone" tag gets bandied about far too liberally.
Not to say that injuries aren't a concern, nothing will end a RB's career quicker than injuries, but Brown has suffered no injuries that I would call threatening to his career.
The Titans obviously are somewhat concerned (i.e. Henry rumors), but I think that stems more so from not having a viable backup, rather than a lack of faith in Brown's abilities (notice: not willing to give up a third rounder for Henry).
I fully expect Brown to be the starter this year, and have a decent season. If I could've grabbed him third round in any of my leagues, I would have. He was gone, as I think he should be.
Bottom Line: Okay #2 RB, Excellent #3 RB.