A few tears couldn’t help but run down Marquise Brown’s face.
Brown told himself he wouldn’t cry Thursday. His emotions just got the best of him after the Baltimore Ravens scooped up the former Oklahoma receiver.
“I don’t know how that happened,” he said with a laugh.
The next day, Brown met with the Baltimore media as a first-round pick and potential future threat to Ravens opponents.
That’s at least the idea behind Baltimore’s selection of Brown, who was the No. 25 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
“He’s a dynamic guy.,” said Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman. “He keeps everybody up at night. That’s the vision we have for him (for) the other team.”
In 2017, Brown broke out as a speedster in OU coach Lincoln Riley’s offense and posted back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus yards receiving.
Brown caught 17 touchdowns to aid successful Heisman Trophy-winning campaigns for Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.
The Ravens are now banking on Brown to be a boost in the passing game for another Heisman Trophy winner in Lamar Jackson.
“It changes everything,” Roman said of Brown’s speed. “It really does. It really changes math, it changes angles, it changes what we can do. We can kind of hit the defense at every level.”
The biggest question that remains for Brown is his durability at the next level. He dealt with health issues in 2018 but played through it in OU’s College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Alabama.
The ex-Sooner underwent surgery to fix a lisfranc injury following the season, which kept him from participating in the NFL combine and OU’s pro day.
It’s uncertain when he’ll be fully recovered.
“I don’t have an exact date,” Brown said, “but I should be ready to go by camp.”
The Ravens remain optimistic they have a game-changing receiver, who will pair up with old teammates Mark Andrews and Orlando Brown. He'll also be joined in the Ravens rookie class by former OU guard Ben Powers, who was taken in the fourth round by Baltimore on Saturday.
Brown isn't a stranger to his new quarterback either.
“I know him pretty well,” Brown said. “We weren’t close growing up, but playing football in South Florida, you know guys, and you communicate through social media.”
If Brown’s preexisting chemistry with his new team isn’t enough, he joins a squad that won the AFC North division and went 10-6 last season.
Brown's hope is he can take the Ravens beyond one round of the playoffs in 2020.
“I know the tradition here,” Brown said. “I know the standard here, and I’m ready to come in and make a difference right away. Playoff run last year, I’m looking to help this team make it farther than that. So, I’m just glad to be here, glad to be a Raven and glad to get started.”
Brown has yet to decide on what number he’ll wear for the Ravens.
Although when asked what name he preferred to be called, Brown answered with the moniker OU fans have come to know and announces have shouted the past two seasons.