WR Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame*

6’5” – 214 lbs. – 4.48

Profile:

  • Played very sparingly over seven games as a freshman, working on offense and special teams, then led the team in receiving the following season, catching 58-961-9. Production plummeted to 33-515-4 this past season, but nonetheless decided to forego his senior season in order to declare for the draft.

Positives:

  • Physical specimen who has above-average athleticism for his size. Very big, tall split end with arms which measured 33” in Indianapolis. Also has a little bit of experience playing in the slot. Long-strider who accelerates smoothly. Does a lot of his work on screens and shallow crosses over the middle of the field, and has enough shake in space to make defenders miss and pick up yards after the catch; able to create a lot more on short targets than most other big receivers. Has a little bit of snap to his routes and does a good job of finding spots in zone coverage when targeted on intermediate throws. Offers a wide catching radius and soft hands. Physical frame is well-suited to the red zone. Generally gives good effort as a blocker, especially when the play is coming his way.

Negatives:

  • Has a little bit of a finesse game for a big guy and plays a little bit smaller than he is. Does better against off or zone coverage and could be more consistent about working back to the ball. Physical attributes could eventually make him a good stalk blocker, but as it stands, struggles with positioning and has some trouble staying engaged; ended up being ragdolled by smaller cornerbacks during the games reviewed. At this point, a lot of his routes too him over the middle of the field and didn’t have as much tape working the sidelines during the games reviewed. Smoother than he is fast and may have some trouble uncovering downfield against pro cornerbacks. Route tree is a little bit simple, predominantly drags, curls, and screens, with some intermediate work. Really only put together one impressive season in college, and that was back in 2016.

Summary:

  • Looks like a pretty good bet to come off the board on the second day or early third day despite a forgettable junior campaign. Has the size and length teams look for in split ends, and demonstrates the ability to turn short throws into big gains with his ability to run after the catch.

 

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