Amon-Ra St. Brown NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: USC Receiver Worth A Day 1 Pick
This is The Game Day’s Amon-Ra St. Brown NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile. After you read our Amon-Ra St. Brown Scouting Report, Marcus Mosher’s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.
Amon-Ra St. Brown NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Amon-Ra St. Brown Draft Prospect: Bio & Measurables
- School: USC
- Class in Final Season: Junior
- Age on NFL Draft Day: 21 Years Old
- Height: 6-foot-1
- Weight: 195 lbs.
Amon-Ra St. Brown Scouting Report
- Above-average body control, feet and agility.
- Lauded for competitive nature and toughness despite slighter frame.
- Excels in contested catch situations due to extremely strong hands.
- Versatile enough to thrive at all depths of target.
- Hand-eye coordination considered elite.
- Excellent leaping ability.
- Boasts strong hands and does a good job of coming back to the ball.
- Precise route runner.
- Adept at picking up yards after catch.
- Explosiveness and speed both considered somewhere short of elite but certainly superior.
- Proved durable during college career.
- May need to add a bit more size to insulate against injuries at the NFL level.
- Length considered only average, which could prove a hindrance against some of the bigger defensive backs at the next level.
- Could have trouble getting out of press coverage at times.
- Athletic upside may fall somewhere short of top-shelf options at his position.
Amon-Ra St. Brown Draft Prospect NFL Outlook
Given how airtight St. Brown’s scouting report generally is, it’s easy to see where his name would be bandied about a lot more often in a year where the wide receiver position wasn’t as strong. However, with the likes of Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle and Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith in his same draft class, St. Brown is understandably a bit overlooked in terms of draft chatter.
Naturally, that’s not to say plenty of receiver-needy teams aren’t honed in on the promising USC product, who’s been delighting scouts since his teenage years. St. Brown was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and went on to post a combined 137-1,792-9 receiving line across 24 games over his first two seasons as a Trojan. St. Brown then put together similarly impressive numbers during the Pac-10’s short six-game season in 2020, compiling 41 receptions, 478 yards and seven touchdowns.
St. Brown, whose brother Equanimeous was a sixth-round pick of the Packers out of Notre Dame back in 2018, decided he was ready to make the NFL leap after his junior campaign, and the consensus seems to be his timing is on target – St. Brown is ready for the next step.
As noted above, the list of positives is extensive for the 21-year-old, and his skill set is versatile to the point that it would be easy to envision him in a number of different receiving roles and offensive systems. St. Brown appears to possess the core set of traits that are most translatable to success for receivers at the NFL level, namely, excellent hands, above-average speed, sharp routes and the ability to fight for the ball when necessary.
One could also add a solid frame to that compendium, with St. Brown likely to add some more “good weight” over the first couple of seasons in an NFL strength program. As is, his 6-foot-1 stature gives him a leg up entering the league, and even a gain of a solid 8-10 pounds early in his career would lead to a more solidly built target that could expand his profile in the close quarters of the red zone.
His height/speed combination should also allow him to avoid being pigeonholed into a specific role within a receiving corps; as St. Brown proved during his college years, he can be much more than a slot wideout.
Amon-Ra St. Brown NFL Comparison
While it might be reflexive to automatically compare St. Brown to his older brother, the two players are actually different in several ways. That’s particularly the case in height, as Equanimeous stands a towering 6-foot-5 and also outweighs his younger sibling by about 20 pounds. Furthermore, despite his big brother’s more impressive measurables, Amon-Ra seems to be considered the more complete receiver that may ultimately enjoy a better pro career.
Instead, St. Brown appears to be much closer to the mold of a Keenan Allen, Tyler Boyd or Jarvis Landry. All three receivers are considered double-tough, sure-handed and precise route runners that are highly comfortable working out of the slot, but that can also acclimate well to exploding out of other release points on the line of scrimmage. St. Brown could arguably be the most athletic of the quartet, and with the spring in his legs that a body not yet beaten down by the rigors of the NFL affords him, his quickness is very likely a cut above those veterans at this point in their respective careers as well.
(Read Marcus Mosher’s take on the NFL Draft Ja’Marr Chase vs. DeVonta Smith wide receiver debate.)
Amon-Ra St. Brown 2021 Draft Team Fits
Green Bay Packers (No. 29 overall selection)
In an earlier draft profile on Purdue’s Rondale Moore, I predicted the former Boilermaker would be of significant interest to the Packers but would end up going two picks earlier to the Ravens. Based on that prognosis, I could well see Green Bay pouncing, especially with big brother Equanimeous already in the fold. An NFL-ready prospect like St. Brown could immediately step in and earn Aaron Rodgers’ coveted trust, which these days, always seems to be on somewhat shaky ground when it comes to receivers not named Davante Adams. The younger St. Brown seems to be a receiver straight out of Central Casting for Rodgers, given his excellent routes, toughness, hands and football IQ, and he could immediately jump into the all-important slot role in the Packers offense.
Kansas City Chiefs (No. 31 overall selection)
If Green Bay somehow passes, the Chiefs could be another tailor-made destination for St. Brown’s skills. Andy Reid is always on the hunt for more passing game weapons, and what he and Patrick Mahomes might be able to accomplish with a versatile asset such as St. Brown boggles the mind. Additionally, with veteran Sammy Watkins headed into unrestricted free agency and KC not likely to stop him, St. Brown could be a younger, more dynamic replacement.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 32 overall selection)
Both Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown are pending free agents, and although rumor has it the former will be kept even if it means using the franchise tag, Brown’s future is a bit less certain. The mercurial veteran proved he still had plenty left in the tank with his late-season play, but whether that will be enough to offset his embattled reputation and score him a more lucrative multi-season deal elsewhere remains to be seen. If Brown is a goner by the time the draft rolls around, Tampa Bay could conceivably look in St. Brown’s direction if he’s made it to the end of the first round, as this would be another destination where he’d play with an elite signal-caller that could get the most out of his talents.
Amon-Ra St. Brown 2021 Draft Prediction
Green Bay Packers, 29th overall pick
Ultimately, I don’t see St. Brown getting past the Pack at No. 29. The previously discussed familial connection is certainly one small piece of the puzzle, but the overriding appeal of the USC alum is the immediate infusion of talent he would provide a receiving corps that seemingly lacks sufficient depth to get Green Bay over the NFC title hump. Ironically, St. Brown could cost his older brother a roster spot if he does land with the Packers, but he could certainly develop into Rodgers’ best slot weapon since Randall Cobb’s outstanding multi-season run in that role last decade.
Amon-Ra St. Brown NFL Draft Bet
- First WR drafted (+10000 at PointsBet)
St. Brown’s extremely long odds here are wholly unsurprising, as there is essentially no chance he is the first wideout off the board. He would theoretically have a clearer path in a year where his position was much more depleted, but he doesn’t have the measurables of a receiver that would go in the first half of the first round, for example. As such, enticing as the price is, there doesn’t seem to be an opportunity for it to pay dividends.
Now that you’ve read our Amon-Ra St. Brown 2021 Draft Prospect scouting report, stay tuned for more NFL Draft analysis. Then, after the 2021 NFL Draft, we’ll cover his impact on betting lines, odds and tips for his NFL team.
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