Exclusive Q&A: Rookie Cornerback Marcus Brown

The next Ralph Brown? (Doug Pensinger/Getty)

AZRedReport.com's Dusty Wittig lands an interview with Marcus Brown, an amazingly athletic cornerback out of McNeese State. Brown will compete in Arizona's cornerback rotation and hopes to help improve the Cardinals' 28th ranked pass defense. Brown talks about idolizing Darryl Green, playing like Deion Sanders and more in this Q&A.

Click here for the "Insiders Only" portion of this interview, where Brown talks about earning a big name at a small school, competing against his brother and fighting an uphill battle for a spot on Arizona's active roster.

Dusty Wittig: Growing up, who was your favorite pro team and player?

Marcus Brown: My favorite player was Darryl Green for the Redskins. My favorite team was the New Orleans Saints because I grew up in Louisiana.

DW: Who was your biggest football and non-football influence growing up and why?

MB: That would be my dad and my mom. They were always telling me I really need to believe and make something of my dreams.

DW: Is there a veteran on the team who has eased your transition from college ball?

MB: The majority of all the corners on the team helped me out a lot. Ralph Brown showed me how to do everything like taking notes and listening to the coaches.

DW: What is the biggest challenge you will face in NFL ball that you didn't have to deal with in college?

MB: The quarterbacks are much more talented on this level. For example, I was covering Larry Fitzgerald tight in mini camp but that didn't stop Kurt Warner from throwing a laser and completing the pass. In college, there would have been no way for that pass to be caught. That's the biggest thing.

DW: The Cardinals were 28th in pass defense this last year. What can you do to help improve this ranking?

MB: I just want to work as hard as I can to compete for playing time, especially in nickel and dime situations. Every time I can get on the field, I believe I have the ability to contribute and to make big plays.

DW: What are some things that you could improve upon to become successful in the NFL?

MB: There are a lot of things I can always improve, but mainly I need to work on listening and doing what the coaches are asking me to.

DW: What are you excited most about having the possibility of making the Cardinals squad?

MB: I'm just excited to be out there with the other guys. These are guys I have watched on TV, guys like Kurt Warner, Edgerrin James, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. I'm just glad to be on the same team as them, and it's nice to have the recognition of being able to play on the same field.

DW: What is the best hit you have ever put on an opposing player?

MB: When we played Central Arkansas they threw to the tight end in the flat and I just leveled him. It was a big hit for me. After that it was funny because my whole team was like "Marcus, you hit somebody?".

DW: Your team was undefeated last year. How was it having a perfect record?

MB: It was unbelievable. Every team we faced was trying to ruin our perfect season. As a senior on the team, I wanted to lead us in the right direction, wanting to make those big plays that win the games and keep our winning streak alive.

DW: Many Cardinal fans are relatively unfamiliar with your style of play. If you had to name one current or former NFL player who has a similar game to yours, who would that be?

MB: My style is similar to Deion Sanders.

Click here for the "Insiders Only" portion of this interview, where Brown talks about earning a big name at a small school, competing against his brother and fighting an uphill battle for a spot on Arizona's active roster.

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