Welcome to the 20/20 series. As part of our continued Dynasty Scouts coverage and in preparation for the NFL Combine, we will be profiling 20 of the top incoming rookies of the class of 2018 by giving you 20 facts you must know.
1.) Player Name – Equanimeous St. Brown
2.) College – Notre Dame
3.) Height and Weight – 6’4, 203 lbs.
4.) Birthdate – Sept. 30, 1996 (21 years old)
5.) Class – Junior
6.) Basic College Stats – 2015: Two games, one reception, eight yards and zero touchdowns. 2016: 12G, 58 receptions, 961 yards and nine TDs. 2017: 13G, 33 receptions, 515 yards and four TDs.
7.) NFL Draft Projection – St. Brown’s draft position has varied greatly among draft experts. Most recently, Matt Miller mocked St. Brown as a seventh-round pick and the second-to-last pick overall. Chad Reuter of NFL.com selected St. Brown to the Panthers at the 88th overall pick, in the third round. However, most expect St. Brown to be a third or fourth round pick.
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8.) NFL Comparison – Due to his combination of speed, height, and lanky frame, many comparisons have been made to Bengals’ star receiver A.J. Green. But those are lofty expectations. A more realistic comparison could be someone like a young Terrance Williams with the Cowboys or Tyrell Williams of the Chargers. These are outside receivers who specializes in deep-breaking and crossing routes. St. Brown’s success will come when he gets a chance to use his long speed in the open field.
9.) Best possible destination – St. Brown’s best destination, in my opinion, is the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have been searching for a counterpart for Julio Jones since the minute Roddy White departed. St. Brown would be a great way for Atlanta to immediately take some pressure off of Jones while also developing St. Brown’s raw ability.
10.) Worst Possible Destination – St. Brown landing with a crowded WR corps such as the Los Angeles Chargers would likely stunt his growth and hinder his development.
11.) Best Current Skill – St. Brown’s long speed is his best asset. If he is not challenged at the line of scrimmage, he eats up space in zone coverage and is very adept at using his speed and quickness to find the softer spots in the zone to get open.
12.) Skill that needs to be improved – Despite his size and arm length, you do not see St. Brown win as many 50/50 balls as he should be able to. He has a length advantage over every cornerback he goes against. He does have the hands to catch the ball away from his body but just needs to prove he can do it in traffic and in the air, especially down the field.
13.) Past/Current Rookie ADP – It’s very early but St. Brown is ranked 13th in DLF’s Rookie ADP.
14.) Projected Dynasty Value – St. Brown’s draft stock will heavily influence where his dynasty value ultimately settles. I would project him to be worth a second-round rookie pick.
15.) The Brown Family – Featured in an HBO Documentary, St. Brown’s family has been tabbed the “Ball’s of CFB.” Equanimeous has two brothers, Osiris St. Brown (sophomore) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (incoming freshman), who are both young, stud receivers for Stanford and USC respectively. Their father, John Brown, is a former bodybuilder and has put his boys through intense physical training since childhood. Their mother, Miriam Brown, has taught each son multiple languages and mentored them to outstanding GPA’s every step of the way. Before long, the NFL could have three St. Brown receivers making plays on Sundays.
16.) Injuries – After only making two appearances his freshman season, St. Brown played the next 24 games of his collegiate career with no injury.
17.) As a recruit – Much like his brothers, St. Brown was a prized four-star recruit who turned down offers from basically every big-time college program you can think of. He was the 18th-ranked receiver in his class and the 162nd player overall.
18.) Chunk play after chunk play – According to PFF, in 2016, St. Brown ranked fifth in yards per route run of all Power 5 and Independent Conference receivers.
19.) The Drop Off – If St. Brown was eligible to declare after 2016, we would probably be having an entirely different conversation. The 2017 season was a disappointing year for St. Brown in large part to the departure of quarterback DeShone Kizer.
10.) Recent Buzz – NFL Network Analyst, Daniel Jeremiah, recently tweeted how he was very impressed with St. Brown. “Just finished studying ND WR Equanimeous St Brown…very interesting player. Creates consistent separation but the ball placement is deplorable. He’s got quickness at the top of his route and his ability to adjust is outstanding. I put a big grade on him.”
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