Well now for sure he deserves his own NFL thread too I say.
I was just looking at stats and watching the Monday night game, and there goes Browner with an interception to make five for the season and then also adding to his 20 passes defended BEFORE the game.
Jon Gruden, who took notice of Browner in the preseason and whose attention is not easy to get, basically called for Browner to make the Pro Bowl and he's damn right.
Seriously with whatever else he does for the Seattle defence as well beyond the stats, Browner is up with the elite in the league as a cornerback.
As Gruden implied, how Browner managed to elude NFL scouts with six try-outs with such greatness is baffling. It took Pete Carroll, who had scouted Browner for USC when Browner was in high school, to take notice what a gem he had found.
Other than the famed and top dollar and far more well-known Antonio Cromartie, who only makes the list behind Browner's solid and big SS teammate Kam Chancellor and also gets to play the other side from Darrelle Revis, Browner is the only guy of about that size to play corner and thrive.
Have a look at his elite performance when you examine the DB list sorted by passes defended, which is a more telling stat than merely interceptions or tackles:[url=http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?seasonType=REG&d-447263-n=1&d-447263-o=2&d-447263-p=1&statisticPositionCategory=DEFENSIVE_BACK&d-447263-s=DEFENSIVE_PASSES_INT_DEFENSED&tabSeq=1&season=2011&experience=null&Submit=Go&archive=false&conference=null&qualified=true]http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats? ... ified=true[/url]
Maybe Browner's size for the corner position is what threw conservative NFL scouts off? Maybe they could not believe a guy who is 6-4 and 221 could play corner instead of lining up at a safety position as would most guys that size if not playing receiver?
And certainly I remember how great it was to watch him in the CFL even dirty as he was accused to be and was at times but the most physical corner that I remember with his 1-yard jams. When you think about it that was as good training as one could have to be in the zone he's in now bumping guys for up to five yards in the NFL.
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