By: Steve Johnson
A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
*combine measurements and drills added in Feb.
2016: 12 games. 29 rec, 381 yards, 2 TDs.
2017: 11 games. 75 rec, 1,252 yards, 11 TDs
Accolades: 2017 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: Will be curious to see how he measures, height may be an issue. Isn’t a blazer. Might not have the upside as a WR1. 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.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
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