By: Steve Johnson
A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
6’0 1/2″ 226lbs
32 7/8″ arms. 9 3/4″ hands.
4.49 40 36 1/2″ Vert. 120″ Broad Jump. 19 Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
2016: 12 games. 29 rec, 381 yards, 2 TDs.
2017: 11 games. 75 rec, 1,252 yards, 11 TDs
2018: 12 games. 85 rec, 1,320 yards, 6 TDs
Misc. Stats: 8 PR for 47 yards in career
Accolades: 2017 First-team All-SEC, 2018 First-team All-SEC
History: Four-star recruit out of Starkville, MS, he starred at both baseball and football. Along with Kyler Murray, Brown competed in both the Under-Armour All-American games in baseball and football. He was selected in the 19th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Well-built and strong. Good release, uses strong hands well. Has RAC ability, good vision, shiftiness for his size and breaks arm tackles. Long strider. Has the ability to stretch the seam. Good run blocking strength, although footwork needs to be coached up.
Weaknesses: Lacks elite length. Doesn’t have a gear you’d like out of a WR1, has trouble taking the top off, not his game. Has had his share of the drops. Lunges as a blocker, needs to work on his footwork. Primarily used out of the slot in 2017 tape.
Overview: A strong and bulky slot receiver, Brown may not have the upside as some X receivers, but he has good field vision, RAC ability and has the upside to be a good run blocker. He proved at the combine that he’s by no means a bad athlete, he’s a good athlete. He immediately starts in the slot for whatever team drafts him. He was a really productive player, there’s no denying that.
Draft Projection: Late First-Early 2nd Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.95
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