USC has certainly produced some quality receivers over the past decade. Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, Nelson Agholor, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Michael Pittman have all made an impact in the NFL in some fashion. While a school’s track record is certainly not anything that scouts should hang their hat on – scout the player, not the helmet – it certainly looks like there’s another USC wide receiver that’s set to make his mark in the NFL.
St. Brown is the younger brother of Equanimeous St. Brown and the son of former Mr. World and Mr. Universe, John Brown. The athleticism was certainly passed down to his sons and Amon-Ra has all the makings of a long-term pro. In 2019, he produced alongside Pittman at USC by going over 1,000 yards receiving. St. Brown only played in six games in 2020, but he was still able to put up solid numbers in the Pac-12.
Will Amon-Ra follow the same path as his older brother in the NFL? Or can he bring more to the table that could lead to solid fantasy football production?
These questions are answered here in our scouting profile on Amon-Ra St. Brown:
Weight: 197 lbs.
40-Yard Dash: 4.51
Vertical Jump: 39
Broad Jump: 127
Bench: 20 Reps
Short Shuttle: 4.27
3-Cone Drill: 6.81
Skills Breakdown (out of 100)
Route Running (77): St. Brown is a smooth and fluid athlete that reminds me a lot of Robert Woods. He’s a crafty route-runner that lined up all over the formation at USC. He possesses an incredible ability to throttle down and accelerate quickly within his routes and he’s consistently putting defenders on their toes. Operates primarily underneath, but does have the ability to be used deep downfield as well.
Athleticism/Agility (77): As mentioned, he has tremendous burst and acceleration, particularly off the line of scrimmage. He’s not overly fast or incredibly shifty, but he has more than enough athleticism to be a threat in the NFL.
Hands (76): Suffers the occasional concentration drop from time to time. All easy layup passes, but he simply takes his eye off the ball. He’ll follow it up though with an incredible contested grab over a defender. It’s just a minor thing that he’ll need to iron out at the next level.
Contested Catch Ability (77): Would not consider him a contested catch specialist by any means, but he does have the ability to go up and secure the difficult catch. Able to manipulate his body in air to put him in the best situation to make the catch.
Run After Catch Ability (76): Possesses enough athleticism to pick up additional yardage after the catch, but he’s unlikely to create a ton on his own. Able to be used on tunnel screens, etc. and pick up what’s blocked for him, but doesn’t possess the shiftiness to break angles in the open field.
Release (76): Very few examples of him being pressed at the line of scrimmage, but he succeeded in the few opportunities on tape. Engages his hands and fights to keep his body clean. Will be best utilized out of the slot or detached from the line of scrimmage but does have the shiftiness to succeed when he’s put in those situations. Does have some trouble with being redirected by bigger and stronger corners. Could benefit from adding some upper body strength.
Deep Ball Tracking (77): Excellent deep ball tracking ability and excels on slot fades, etc. Able to locate the ball in the air and manipulate his body with great control to put himself in the best situation.
Speed (77): Good burst and athleticism and should run well at his Pro Day, but won’t put up jaw-dropping testing numbers. Just doesn’t have incredible top end speed to take the top off of a defense. Overall, St. Brown’s going to be pushed down draft boards due to the depth of the wide receiver class, but he’s going to be a steal for a NFL team on Day 2.
Don’t forget about Amon-Ra St. Brown in this 2021 NFL Draft class. pic.twitter.com/020rsYvXQs
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) January 30, 2021
– The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 14, 2020
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Projected Draft Range
All indications are that we can expect to hear St. Brown’s name called somewhere on Day 2. There’s a legitimate possibility that it’s early on Day 2.
Ideal Fantasy Landing Spot
The Indianapolis Colts went to USC in the 2nd round of last year’s draft to select a WR and they could easily do it again. T.Y. Hilton is back on a one-year contract, but they need to start thinking about his long-term replacement. Additionally, Parris Campbell cannot stay healthy, which means that they need other bodies in the wide receiver room in case he misses time again. St. Brown would be a perfect fit in this offense.
When watching St. Brown’s tape, it’s easy to go right back to a former USC wide receiver to draw a comparison. Robert Woods is 6’0, 201 lbs, ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and he’s been a valuable receiving option throughout his career. St. Brown is 5’11, 197lbs, and ran an identical 40-yard dash time. They can both be given the ball on gadget plays, end-arounds, etc. but then can also soak up targets underneath and help move the chains.