Rookie Seahawks CB Tre Brown: I’ll ‘definitely make a name for myself’
After the Seahawks made Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown their fourth-round pick back in May, general manager John Schneider spoke about how he believed Brown would have been a first-rounder if he had a few more inches on his 5-foot-10 frame.
Brown himself will take it a little further.
“I felt like regardless of my height, I was the best corner in college football with the stats,” Brown told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant from Seahawks training camp this week. “Everybody looks at heights, but I look at the stats and some of the stuff that I’ve done, and you can’t really take that away.”
Listening to Brown talk, it’s clear that he’s no shrinking violet and has big plans for his pro career.
“Right now I’m just getting my feet wet, learning a lot about the different changes of the NFL and how they do things,” he said, “but I’m sure when I have this down pat, I’m gonna definitely make a name for myself in this league, and I’m going to be around for a while.”
Brown’s confidence is understandable considering his history of making plays in big moments, and he’ll go through the list of them with you. In fact, after Paul Gallant mentioned three notable plays from’s Brown college career, Brown made sure to let him know he was forgetting one.
“You missed one, you missed one. Don’t forget about the Texas game, the interception,” he interjected.
Despite Brown’s playmaking ability, his shorter stature tends to come up a lot, but he said he’s used the doubts others have about his size to fuel himself.
“It was something I definitely took as a challenge. Every day I face that, and so every Saturday I went against a receiver or whatever (in college), they had to pay for that. When you watch that tape after the game, a 6-3 receiver vs. a 5-9, 5-10 corner, you should be pretty embarrassed because I locked you up that day. Check the tape. My height doesn’t matter. It’s a chip on my shoulder.”
He goes so far as to say his size is more of a benefit than something that holds him back.
“I feel like to a DB my size (and with my) quickness, you have more of an advantage because you can line them up inside, you can line them up outside, and if they have the competitive will to make those plays, you pretty much have a winner.”
Listen to the full interview with the Seahawks rookie starting at the 33:15 mark of the podcast at this link or in the player below.