The final pick on day 2 of the 2011 draft finally gave us all what we’ve been pleading, begging, and screaming for. The Steelers defense finished tops in the NFL vs the rush, and for good reason. By the time the midway point of the 2010 schedule came about, teams had virtually given up even trying to run the ball against Dick Lebeau’s boys. They no reason too, there was too much success to be had through the air. The glaring need at CB was painfully evident in 2009 after Bryant McFadden bolted for a bigger wallet in Arizona. In 2010 it was even more glaring because the return of BMac didn’t bring about a return of the player that we saw in 2008 when the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII. Fast forward to the draft this year and what we hope will be an answer to our prayers in one Curtis Brown from Texas. Many teams had him ranked as a 2nd round player so when he fell all the way to the end of the 3rd round it was a no brainer to snag him if you ask me. Right now he’s the type of player that will do a lot of special teams work and get significant playing time at nickelback. He’ll take some coaching to get ready but he’s got the talent to become a solid NFL corner, and that’s something we can certainly feel good about.
Curtis Brown Conference Call
How do you feel?
I can’t explain. It’s just, I can’t explain. I really can’t.
Re: Fitting in for the Steelers:
When I went up there I felt a family atmosphere. I am a real country dude and a family-type person. When I went up there I felt welcomed. I felt at home when I went up there. I just feel like I am not a part of a great and wonderful organization. I couldn’t be happier.
Re: Sitting and waiting all day for your name to be called:
I was getting real nervous because I have so much family up here. We have a big crawfish little thing. I just feel like I was going to slip all the way down.
Re: Visit in Pittsburgh leading to Steelers calling your name:
I felt they treated me so well that I just felt like they clicked with me and I clicked with them. They had one of the last picks and I felt you all would pick me just because the coaching staff and I clicked so good. It felt right. It’s just a blessing.
Re: Intercepting Colt McCoy at Texas:
I got him plenty of times.
Can you do that in the AFC North?
You know it. I am going to prove. I am just ready to step in and do whatever I can to get on the field, special teams and gain trust with the coaches. And when I am able to get out there and get to be a starter, then I will be a player.
Re: What you do best and your room for improvement:
Just growing as a player, techniques, film studies and I feel like I can cover real well. I feel like I have good speed. With the coaching staff up there I will just keep learning different techniques and going and getting the ball and just learn to be a complete player. I will learn step-by-step.
Did teams shy away from throwing in your direction?
I didn’t see too many balls. I didn’t get a ball until my sixth game in the season. I just really didn’t get thrown at. I didn’t have too many opportunities.
Re: You made a catch in the NFL combine that Deion Sanders raved about. I’m surprised you only had two picks.
At Texas we’re a real man team and we didn’t play that much zone, so I was never really in. It was always man coverage, so I didn’t get that many opportunities from a zone standpoint. But I did get plenty of opportunities there; I just didn’t get as many picks as I could have. I didn’t get called on either, so I think I need to work on going to get the ball. That’s my next step and that’s what I’m going to keep working on.
How different will what you’re asked to do here be from what you were asked to do in college?
I’m a student, I’m going to learn. I know there will be veterans in there that will teach me different techniques for the zones and things. I’m not worried. I feel like I learn real well. I’m ready for any challenge that comes my way. I’ll learn it.
Do you know Limas Sweed and Casey Hampton?
I know Limas, I played with Limas. Casey Hampton was a little older than me so I didn’t really get to mingle with him as much. Me and Limas, with all the freshman, I was guarding him a lot.
How did you do against him?
We had our battles. We have a couple stories with each other. He helped me a lot.
You say you are a country boy. Where are you from?
East Texas. It’s right under Street Point, Louisiana, and right on the other side of Arkansas. We’re two hours from Dallas. That’s the closest city.
Lake said you are the best cover corner out of Texas. Are you better than Aaron Williams?
We have our talents. I’m better at some things just as he’s better than me at some things. Covering wise, I’m going to take that and say I was the best covering corner at Texas.
Did you debate on which Texas corners would be drafted?
We push each other. We haven’t even really talked much in the last couple days. It’s never been like that though.
What is your best 40 time?
4.37, and my average at college was a 4.45.
There’s a YouTube clip of you picking off a pass going about 70, but getting caught from behind. What was that about?
I don’t like making excuses, so I don’t want to say because it will make me look like I make excuses, but it was a 12-play drive and I had lower back problems. Either way, he’s a fast tailback. I’m going to give him his props.
Do you know who he is?
No, but I actually met him in Pittsburgh and I didn’t know who he was, but he was in the opposite room as me, so we got to meet.
When you visited Pittsburgh?
Yes, he was one of the visitors. I got to meet him, he’s really cool. But I don’t like him because he caught me.
Transcript courtesy of Steelers.com