Chykie Brown selected 164th overall by the Baltimore Ravens
Texas CB Chykie Brown was chosen 164th overall by the Baltimore Ravens, marking the second time in the last five years the Longhorns have had three defensive backs chosen in the same draft.
Austin -- Texas CB Chykie Brown was selected 164th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft on Saturday.
"It's going to be a great experience to play for the Ravens defense," Brown said. "They're a team known for the defense and they like bigger cornerbacks, so I think I'll fit in their scheme very well. I just want to go up there and be able to show them what I'm about. With Sergio (Kindle) there, and they have guys like Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, they're a great veteran team, and guys will be there to teach me and take me under their wing and make me a better player. That's a great thing."
Brown's selection, combined with that of CB Aaron Williams and CB Curtis Brown this year, marks the second time in the last five years the Longhorns have had three defensive backs selected in the same draft. Safety Michael Griffin (Tennessee Titans - first round), CB Aaron Ross (New York Giants - first round) and CB Tarell Brown (San Francisco 49ers - fifth round) were chosen in the 2007 draft.
The Longhorns have now had 12 defensive backs selected in the last 10 years. That group also includes including S Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks, 2010), S Michael Huff (Oakland Raiders, 2006), CB Cedric Griffin (Minnesota Vikings, 2006), CB Nathan Vasher (Chicago Bears, 2004), CB Rod Babers (New York Giants, 2003) and CB Quentin Jammer (San Diego Chargers, 2002).
"Chykie is a guy that continued to get better and better each year," Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "His ball skills improved. He was a dominating cover guy up until he broke his arm. That probably slowed him a little bit because people didn’t get to see him as much in the latter part of the season and at the end of the year. But we feel like Chykie, because he has great skills and size to play man-to-man, has a chance to be a great NFL player."
This also marks the second straight year a Longhorn has been drafted by the Ravens after the team selected DE/LB Sergio Kindle in the second round last year. Prior to that, DE Cedric Woodard was the last Texas playerchosen by the team in the sixth round of the 2000 draft. Three former UT players are currently on the Ravens' roster, including DE Cory Redding.
"Actually it's funny because the Bengals had just called me because they had one of the picks after the Ravens and they said they were interested in me, so I got happy," Chykie Brown said. "Then I got another phone call from Baltimore and they said one of the reasons I lasted longer is because of my forearm, but that they liked me and wanted me to be a Raven and that they were picking me. I just got so happy I almost cried, and my family got so excited, and I just told them I was ready to go to work."
Texas has now had at least four players drafted for six straight years and eight of the last nine.
Brown is a fifth-year cornerback who appeared in 47 career games, starting 29, and notched 106 tackles (71 solo), two INTs, 24 PBU, four sacks, nine TFL, three pressures and two forced fumbles.
In 2010, Brown started nine games at cornerback beforesuffering a season-ending forearm injury against Kansas State. He helped UTrank sixth in total defense in the nation (300.2 ypg) and sixth in passing defense (161.6 ypg), while logging 19 tackles (14 solo), one sack, two TFL,seven PBU, one forced fumble and two pressures on the year.
As a junior in 2009, Brown appeared in all 14 games, including 12 starts and tallied 48 tackles (31 solo), two INTs, eight PBU, two sacks, five TFL, a pressure and a forced fumble. He helped UT rank 10th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (100.5 rating) and 19th in pass defense (179.6 ypg) while leading the nation in INTs (25) and tying for first in forced turnovers (37).