INDIANAPOLIS — Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown will be following his brother Bryce into the NFL. Bryce Brown played last season as a rookie running back for the Philadelphia Eagles.
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
“It was helpful to watch Bryce and his mentality, his approach not necessarily to the game but the business side of it,” said Arthur Brown, who is participating in the NFL scouting combine. “It has helped me in this process leading up to the combine and the draft. It is a business and you have to approach it in that manner and that has helped me keep it in a proper perspective.”
Bryce Brown, who is also from Wichita and played in college at Kansas State, was picked by the Eagles last year in the seventh round. He rushed for 564 yards and four touchdowns last season.
“It was but it was exciting for me and my family to see him have the opportunity to live out his dreams,’‘ Arthur Brown said. “I enjoyed it.”
QB background helps Harper
Chris Harper is another K-State player from Wichita participating at the combine. Harper began his college career as a quarterback at Oregon.
He later shifted to wide receiver and then transferred to K-State, where he caught 58 passes as a senior.
Harper said his chances to make it in the NFL as a receiver are better because of his quarterback background.
“It gives me a jump on the defenses because I understand when they’re blitzing and kind of understand what the cornerback might do,” Harper said. “It gives me a jump on things I can take off the list before the ball is snapped. You’ve got an edge on understanding the defense when you’ve played quarterback because you’ve seen the whole field. It’s things like that that separate ex-quarterbacks.”
Missouri Southern DT on rise?
Defensive tackle Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern is one of two MIAA players participating at the combine. Missouri Western defensive end David Bass is the other.
Williams will probably be drafted before Bass because of his strong showing at the Senior Bowl all-star game last month in Mobile, Ala.
“It was very beneficial,” Williams said. “The big question over my head was can I play with the (Division I) players and I think I definitely showed everyone at the NFL level and at the Senior Bowl that I can.
“It was a pretty big draft bump. I was hearing from anywhere from fifth round, fourth round, third round. Now I’m hearing second. Hopefully, this week I can stay in the second, or maybe even move to the first.”
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