There probably is nothing Arthur Brown can do about it, but inevitably some will immediately begin drawing comparisons between the Ravens newest inside linebacker and one he is replacing -- the legendary Ray Lewis.
" The way I look at it is [there is] no replacing Ray Lewis," Brown said on Friday after his first official pro workout at the Ravens rookie minicamp. " He is still a part of this team. He has had a major impact on so many of guys that are already here. Really, I am just an addition looking to fulfill my role and be an impact player.”
Brown, like Lewis, began his career at the University of Miami, though the Wichita, Kansas, native later transferred to Kansas State and became a team captain. That leadership role was touted by the Ravens after they picked Brown in the second round. The Ravens traded up six spots to get Brown, a player that assistant general manager Eric DeCosta called "one of the best inside linebackers in this year's draft."
" He plays hard every snap," Ravens college scouting director Joe Hortiz said after Brown was drafted. "He finds his way to the ball. … He can really run. Has great lateral range."
Nothing will be handed to Brown, but with Jameel McClain coming off a spinal cord injury and Rolando McClain dealing with more legal problems, Brown is a strong candidate to start at inside linebacker right away as a rookie
"The No. 1 thing," Brown said on Friday, "is learning my role as a linebacker and just attempting and providing what I do to fulfill that role – learning from the guys who are here and learning from the coaches.”
Like the other rookies, Brown was a little wide-eyed about his first pro workout, and the Ravens staff and facility impressed Brown, who will wear the jersey number (59) of another departed inside linebacker, Dannell Ellerbe.
"I walked into the locker room and the first thing I saw was, ‘Team. Team. Team," he said. "So, that was definitely comforting to me, just recognizing that it is all about the team. I come from a school that definitely focuses on a team effort, so really just seeing that from the coaching staff and the other players is definitely what I am all about.”