Amon-Ra St. Brown Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Amon-Ra Dt. Brown is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Amon-Ra St. Brown

School: USC

Class: Jr

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6-1                         

Weight: 195

 

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General Info:

The the USC stand-out’s name may sound familiar to Packer fans, and with good reason: Amon-Ra is the brother of current Packers receiver Equanimeous and their brother Osiris also plays college football as a wide receiver at Stanford.

The three were raised by 2-time Mr. Universe John Brown in the self-styled “House of 4.0 Thugs” and John had them power lifting as young as eight. Amon-Ra attended Servite High School in Anaheim (California) as a freshman before transferring in-state to the powerhouse Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, where he would link up with quarterback JT Daniels. St. Brown and Daniels had an intangible connection and in his senior year, St. Brown caught 72 passes for 1,320 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was subsequently voted a first-team All American and was instrumental as the team went 15-0 and were declared the Prep National Champions for 2017.

The 5-star recruit was rated the number-one high-school player out of California and the 11th best recruit nationally for 2018, as well as the 211th best recruit all-time by 247Sports.com. He received scholarship offers from 25 colleges including Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Michigan & Ohio State, before trimming this to three and deciding to stay in-state, picking USC over Stanford and Notre Dame.

St. Brown made an instant impact as a freshman becoming the fourth USC true freshman to lead the team in receptions for a season and no Trojan has ever had more catches in a freshman debut than St. Brown achieved against UNLV. His 9 catches for 167 yards against Texas was the most receiving yards in a game by a true freshman since Marqise Lee’s 224 yards against UCLA in 2011.

St. Brown had another outstanding season as a sophomore receiver and punt returner in 2019. He made 12 starts and had 77 receptions for 1,042 yards and 6 touchdowns, plus 7 carries for 60 yards and 1 touchdown. He also returned 12 punts returns 5.5 yards per return. His 77 receptions for the season place him 12th on USC’s all-time season receptions list. At Arizona State, he had 8 catches for 173 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown reception thrown by Kedon Slovis. St. Brown had 4 100-yard receiving games in 2019 and received an All-Pac-12 honorable mention and won USC’s Trojan Way Leadership Award. St. Brown underwent sports hernia surgery at the end of the 2019 season.

The 2020 Pac-12 Season was majorly affected by COVID-19 however Amon-Ra opted to play in USC’s 6 games and led the Pac-12 in receptions (41) and touchdowns (7). He continued to demonstrate an outstanding connection with his quarterback Kedon Slovis and had four touchdowns in the first quarter in a 38-13 win against Washington State. He also broke UCLA hearts in the crosstown rivalry snagging an 8-yard Slovis pass in the endzone with 16 seconds remaining to secure a 43-38 USC victory.

 

Positional Skills

Strengths:

Amon-Ra has all the tools to contribute significantly from the slot. He is outstanding between the numbers but also has demonstrated excellent route-running on fade, corner and out-routes. He has shown ability to make big plays in the short, intermediate and deep passing-game - he was USC’s go-to receiver in big moments because he has very good hands.

St. Brown makes (almost) everything look easy, he is extremely fluid and can quickly break in and out of his routes and off the line of scrimmage. He has good technique at release, using his hips and feet to create separation off of the line – he can make defenders bite and often gets wide-open catches by doing this. He has very high football IQ and seemingly has a level of understanding which already makes him appear technically and fundamentally accomplished; he will break-off or modify his routes when necessary.

What really stands out on film though is St. Brown’s physicality and competitive toughness: he is very strong and very physical. He has exceptional ability in contested catch situations after splitting the cornerback and the safety, often taking a hit (or two) to make the catch. He is only listed as 6-1, 195lbs but his father’s weight-training routine has clearly paid dividends because he plays significantly bigger and rougher than this. This also has benefits for him as a lead blocker and when blocking to set up receiver screens.

Weaknesses:

At the risk of entering draft-crush territory there’s not an awful lot of weaknesses about St. Brown that he doesn’t account for with other areas of his game.

Speed is the main area of concern. He has been timed at mid-4.5s and low-4.6s for the 40-yard dash, which is not exactly elite. He tends to make up for this with shiftiness and physicality, but this could be a concern at the pro level where defensive backs and safeties are often faster than that.

Beyond this you have to search pretty hard to find further weaknesses. Occasionally he will look up-field before securing the catch and sometimes his stance at the line will give information about his route. The latter of these two could be something pro defenders will study and capitalize on, but both are extremely coachable in an athlete this gifted. Another area that may need coaching work is his route tree and this is simply because the USC offense does not run a particularly diverse tree, therefore he was limited. He has demonstrated the athleticism necessary to develop this area of his game.

 

Fit with the Packers

General consensus is that Amon-Ra St. Brown’s best fit is to play from the slot, with a team who already has a stand-out number one receiver. He has already been successful in a system which regularly runs screens and utilizes the Mesh concept like Coach LaFleur’s offense does. LaFleur likes his schemes to offer multiple plays out of formation and St. Brown has many attributes which would be effective in such a scheme. The Mesh concept will allow him to operate underneath in shorter and intermediate routes using his quick release and intelligence to free himself up against either man or zone coverage. He has consistently shown he has the ability to gain yards after the catch using his shiftiness and physicality, whilst also maintaining the big-play threat to run past a defender and catch a deep pass.

While nobody knows what the impact of the salary cap on the Packers roster will be, the prospect of Adams, MVS, Lazard & Amon-Ra St. Brown offers an extremely scheme-friendly, diverse and explosive set of options for Matt LaFleur. St. Brown has also shown the level of flexibility the Green Bay offense demands of its players; he has lined up at running back, is a solid blocker and has run jet-sweeps from the backfield.

While Packer fans may not be too excited by another extravagantly named Brown brother, the family have undoubtedly saved the best until last. Amon-Ra provides first-round pedigree at a third-round price - it’s entirely possible he is still on the board when the Packers arrive at pick 92. With the Packers already meeting cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. (who is a projected first round pick) and the defense having a new coordinator and needing multiple pieces, it’s entirely plausible the Packers wait until later in the draft to address the receiver position (again). In a stacked class at the position, Amon-Ra St. Brown is not getting the attention he deserves and has the ideal attributes to be a major asset in Green Bay.

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HankScorpio's picture

February 20, 2021 at 03:21 am

Colleges are reall churning out WRs these day. Which is good because the Packers need one, IMO. Hopefully in the first 2 days.

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Guam's picture

February 20, 2021 at 08:13 am

With holes at OT, CB and DT, I doubt WR gets picked that early. Just have greater needs elsewhere and little cap room to solve them via free agency. With six picks on day three, Gute may go WR then.

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HankScorpio's picture

February 20, 2021 at 10:08 am

We'll have to agree to dsiagree on the size of the whole at WR. To me it looks like as big of a hole as any on the team.

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Coldworld's picture

February 20, 2021 at 10:20 am

We have one perimeter corner, one likely healthy experienced OT, unknowns behind them. We have one hybrid, oft injured, we have only 2 credible ILBs and one not yet established and we don’t have an established third rusher assuming P Smith goes, plus our DT stable is bare.

We did have the most effective O this year, even with Lazard injured or hindered for a lot of it and all catchers returning plus Funchess. Yes, we need wide receivers for the pipeline, but if you think that is our biggest hole, I’m not sure we watch the same team.

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HankScorpio's picture

February 20, 2021 at 03:15 pm

Yes, the Packers have more than one spot to fill. I will not be convinced WR is not among them. It just won't happen. If you want to know why, find a replay of the 4th quarter of the NFC CG, if you can stomach it. Brady tried to give the game away to the Packers. Nobody could step up to help him. But just to pile on some, they are also heading into the contract year of the only decent WR they have, who happens to be creeping up in age. They need to begin preparing for life after Davante.

That's not to say it is the only need or even the biggest need. Just that it is a need. And a need at a position that roster-building doctine I subscribe to values, ie CB, WR, edge rush, OT and QB.

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PeteK's picture

February 20, 2021 at 12:34 pm

Add RB before WR.

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stockholder's picture

February 20, 2021 at 06:39 am

Nope- Not electric enough. Keep looking.

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Coldworld's picture

February 20, 2021 at 10:14 am

Agree. Absolutely not what the Packers need, another slowish physical type that doesn’t have particularly quick feet or burst. If we use a slot, it needs to be a Cobb type. This one sounds a lot like his brother, perhaps more advanced coming out. That’s not to say he isn’t a decent prospect, just not one I see as fitting what we need well, so that’s a third day pick for us and I doubt he makes it.

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LeeHunter's picture

February 20, 2021 at 10:13 am

To be fair to stockholder, you may have a point when this all plays out. Green Bay have had pretty strict parameters on athleticism in recent years and it’s possible he may fall short of those. I suppose it all depends on how the draft goes on the night and how much Gute allows those parameters to dictate his strategy this time round.

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NickPerry's picture

February 21, 2021 at 07:59 am

I agree SH...I'd like to see a WR that can not just take the top off, but RIP it off. The Packers offense lacks speed.

I LOVE Kadarius Toney. Toney is great with the ball in his hands, a real playmaker who can score from anywhere. The Packers don't have a guy like that on their roster, not really, and haven't in a while at the WR position. MVS is fast in a line but he's not shifty. As great as Adams is, now many times have we seen him run AWAY from someone?

I completely understand the Packers need a CB, DL, and OT. But man o man I'd like to see Rodgers armed to the gills in 2021and given a guy with SPEED, SPEED, AND MORE SPEED. Some sites have him really high (1st two rounds).

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jannes bjornson's picture

February 22, 2021 at 12:24 am

He was timed 4.38-4.4 forty. 6-0, 190 second round guy. Bateman from UM is another guy the Pack would look at.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

February 20, 2021 at 08:43 am

I don't see him being available at the end of the third round, and I wouldn't pick him with the Packers' first or second round picks, so I don't see him on our roster.

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ErnieErnie's picture

February 20, 2021 at 09:14 am

we already have one family member who ain't working out, why two. he was another terrible pick, all he did at nd and as drop balls and taken out of games for in effectiveness. another development failure for this team.

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Coldworld's picture

February 20, 2021 at 10:24 am

Harsh, but EQ has had availability issues and is a long way from establishing himself. He has talent but does he want it enough? I wonder. Either way, next year will likely definitely see him break out or be gone I would think. As you suggest, would be an interesting dynamic, good or bad. I think I’d prefer to avoid that on balance.

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Leatherhead's picture

February 20, 2021 at 10:32 am

No. The league’s best passing attack does not need another WR.

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Demon's picture

February 20, 2021 at 11:06 am

If dads name is John Brown, where does the name St. Brown come from?

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LeeHunter's picture

February 20, 2021 at 11:34 am

Excellent spot, this was in the original article but was cut for readability. John was a bit erratic (think: LaVar Ball), there’s a few stories but apparently when he was handed the birth certificate for Equanimeous, he added the “St.” to make it stand out more (similar to first names) and look better on jerseys. The other option was Von Brown.

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Droski's picture

February 21, 2021 at 01:37 am

Nope we need someone with more speed and quick muscle twitch for slot receiver, time for us to finally get a more prototypical slot receiver.

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February 21, 2021 at 07:33 am

Kadarius Toney!!!!!!

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

February 21, 2021 at 08:22 am

Never fails fans start falling in love with a particular draft prospect based on some alleged internet draft gurus. Then when the team doesnt draft them they get all upset.

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dobber's picture

February 21, 2021 at 08:30 am

'Tis the season...

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February 23, 2021 at 10:04 am

All I know is I have been a fan of ESB from day 1 and have continually believe he has been unfortunate with injuries and there is untapped talent. Saw a lot his rookie year but after 3 seasons virtually nothing. I hope he stays healthy next year and is able to show his talent, however after 3 seasons it is looking like a big upward climb for him.

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