I remember watching Brown play. If he got through the defensive line into the secondary, I swear it was like watching a bowling ball knock down pins. Defensive backs HAD to gang tackle him. I don’t know if there was ever a runner who combined speed and power better than Brown, but I doubt it. Looking up his stats he twice caught 40+ passes in a year. My memory is back then, teams didn’t often throw short passes to running backs.
One thing I remember reading in a book that reviewed the 1965 football season was a section on team's favorite plays. It said Cleveland often had a halfback option pass where Brown could throw it if he wanted. He wouldn't unless the receiver was wide open. Looking up his stats on football-reference, Brown completed 4 of 12 passes in his career but 3 were touchdowns.
Brown was the 6th player chosen in the 1957 draft. Granted two in front, Paul Hornung and Len Dawson are in the Hall of Fame and John Brodie and Ron Kramer were pretty good. Jon Arnett , whom I never heard of, made 5 Pro Bowls. But how did they overlook Brown? Poor scouting? Bigotry? Draft by need?