Teams willing to do their homework at the wide receiver may like what they see when it comes to Amon-Ra St. Brown in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. St. Brown doesn't measure up to some of his peers when it comes to size or speed but the former USC standout possesses plenty of appealing traits, tarting with his great hands and an innate ability to get open. In the right situation, St. Brown could develop into a productive complementary target.
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Amon-Ra St. Brown Draft Profile
An ultra-competitive catch-and-run threat, St. Brown offers good athleticism and great hands, and he plays bigger than his listed size. He’s at his best at the short and intermediate levels, where he shows a great feel for stemming his routes and setting up defensive backs to create separation. He’s excellent at finding soft spots in zone coverage and serving as a security blanket. He consistently plucks the ball away from his frame, effectively adjusting to the off-target throw. He usually wins in contested-catch situations. He’s an aggressive runner who’s much tougher to bring down than he looks, and he seems to enjoy the physicality involved with blocking on the outside.
The measurables are underwhelming — not only his middling size but his lack of true breakaway speed. He wasn’t much of a big-play threat at the college level. He often played out of the slot at USC and will have to prove himself against physical press coverage in the NFL.
He might not profile as a classic X-receiver, but St. Brown should be a force out of the slot or moving around as a Z.
Final Grade: 2nd round