As it turns out, Noah Brown will catch on in the NFL. On Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys selected the former Ohio State wide receiver in the seventh round (No. 239 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
After turning in a modest redshirt sophomore season, Brown’s decision to forego his remaining eligibility and enter the draft came as somewhat of a surprise. In his lone season as a starter, the New Jersey native tallied 32 catches for 402 yards and 7 touchdowns.
At 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds, however, Brown did flash plenty of potential as a playmaker, particularly for a player of his size. Such was the case in the Buckeyes’ Week 3 win over Oklahoma, in which the former 4-star prospect recorded 4 touchdown passes, including one of college football’s catches of the season.
Despite his fast start, inconsistencies would plague both Brown and the Buckeyes’ passing offense for the better part of the 2016 campaign. In seven of Ohio State’s 13 games, Brown totaled two or fewer receptions.
Entering 2015, the Garden State product was thought to be one of the Buckeyes’ breakout players before breaking his leg in fall camp, which may have contributed to his decision to declare for the draft. As a true freshman in 2014, he caught just 1 pass for 9 yards, but was able to earn regular playing time due to his blocking ability.
His college career behind him, Brown now knows where he’ll begin the next step of his journey. Whether or not he’ll find more consistency there than he did in Columbus remains to be seen.