Marlon Brown just wants a chance.
Former Georgia wide receiver Marlon Brown had his 2012 season cut short due to an ACL tear against Ole Miss. He has been rehabbing his left knee with the Bulldogs' training staff, trying to prepare for the NFL draft.
An opportunity to show an NFL team that he can still play football.
“If I could just get a shot, a foot in the door, I feel like I could be fine,” Brown said. “I can go somewhere and just grind and just work hard and show them that I can play once I get there. That’s what I’m hoping for.”
But the 6-foot-4, 213-pound receiver still has some healing to do.
Brown tore the ACL in his left knee during the third quarter of Georgia’s game against Ole Miss on Nov. 4, and has been doing rehab twice a day with the Bulldogs’ training staff since.
He said he’s close to being cleared to run at full speed and participate in football drills.
“I’m not really worried about my knee long term,” Brown said. “I feel like the knee will be fine. I’m sure it is a set back for me in the draft. But I feel like I’ll be alright in the long run.”
Brown had already set careers highs in catches, yardage and touchdowns before the injury. He finished out the season with 27 catches in eight games, 469 yards and four touchdowns.
“I had scouts tell me that they’ve watched the film and they liked it,” Brown said. “That’s what I’m banking on right now is my film.”
The Memphis, Tenn., native was highly touted out of high school, earning the title of Tennessee’s Mr. Football after his senior season at Harding Academy in 2008.
Brown endured some ups and downs throughout his career at Georgia, playing behind A.J. Green, Michael Moore, Kris Durham and Tavarres King his first two seasons. Brown was not able to establish himself as a dominant force, and his knee injury didn’t help his cause.
“I don’t think I’ve been sitting around worrying about anything, I just really just have been trying to focus on my knee because I know me as a player if I’m full strength then I can play football,” Brown said. “I already know I can play so I’m not really worrying about anything but rehab.”
Brown has had to watch as his friends, former teammates and competition display their athletic and football ability while he clocks in and out for rehab every day. But he said he hopes to land a private workout or two right around the same time as the draft.
“The biggest thing that I have to overcome is being patient,” Brown said. “Just be patient.”