Brown will join former Trojan teammates Boris Lee, Cameron Sheffield and Brandon Lang at the event in Indianapolis, which is billed as an annual job fair for prospective NFL players. The event runs from Feb. 24-March 2 and players go through a series of drills, tests and interviews in front of NFL personnel.
“It’s a big positive for me, coming from a small school like Troy and being in there with all the big-name guys in front of every NFL person that matters,” Brown said. “I was hoping for two things: an invite to the Senior Bowl and the combine. The Senior Bowl didn’t work out, but this did and I’m really excited about it.”
Quarterbacks are scheduled to work out at the combine on Feb. 28. Practices and daily reports will be broadcasted on the NFL Network. Brown and Lee are headed for El Paso, Texas, to play for the Texas team in the Texas vs. the Nation Challenge on Feb. 6.
Brown said he was disappointed to not hear from the Senior Bowl, which took quarterbacks Tim Tebow (Florida), Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State) and Jarrett Brown (West Virginia) for the South squad. Lang and Sheffield are also playing in the Senior Bowl, which is this Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.
“I felt like I was good enough to play in it, but a lot of things go into those selections and I’m sure ticket sales are a part of it,” Brown said. “I’m not worried about the Senior Bowl because I’m still going to an all-star game and it’s a good one where personnel from every NFL team will be there to watch me.”
Brown said he’s been working for four solid hours each day after classes with former teammates and Troy strength and conditioning coach Richard Shaughnessy, who is well-respected among NFL personnel for preparing Trojans for the next level. Among the 2008 Trojan seniors, four were on NFL rosters the entire season — Sherrod Martin (Carolina Panthers), Steve McLendon (Pittsburgh Steelers), Trevor Ford (Green Bay Packers) and Dion Gales (Kansas City Chiefs).
“I’ve obviously been throwing a lot, but I’ve really started to stretch a lot,” Brown said. “Flexibility is a big part of it because it prevents injuries and makes you faster.”
Brown signed with agent Joe Linta of JL Sports. His top client, Brown said, is Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and he also represents New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer.
“He said people have liked what they have seen of me so far,” Brown said. “Hopefully I can keep climbing up the ladder.”