Initial of all I hope everybody has a satisfied Easter this Sunday! Now let’s get to the write-up.
This WR prospect piece is on Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown, and this is the second create up on an Ole Miss WR (D.K. Metcalf). The 21 year old prospect is 6’1, 230 lb., and is a 2x Initial Group All-SEC member, becoming so in 2017 and 2018. In his final season in college he caught 85 passes (7th in the nation) for 1,320 yards (6th) and six touchdowns.
Brown is a fascinating receiver coming from an offense that frequently struggled to dial up excellent play calls, and didn’t precisely receiver excellent quarterback play from Jordan Ta’amu either. There’s a lot to like so let’s get to the tape in this breakdown.
Brown is not the quickest guy in the draft, but he appears to have a excellent understanding of how to separate against man coverage. Take this play against Texas A&M for instance. He executes a good, patient fade route against the A&M corner, permitting Ta’amu a clear shot at Brown’s back shoulder.
The pass itself is excellent, but the challenge is Brown bobbles it with 1 hand and cannot catch it in bounds. That itself is an challenge, but I wanted to use this clip to highlight Brown’s route operating capacity inside the red zone It is very excellent.
If you followed college football closely final season you could have remembered this play. Brown (#1 in the slot) creates tons of separation on this RPO, and but Ta’amu tends to make an ill advised choice and lets the operating back preserve the ball as an alternative of firing to his wide open receiver for the touchdown.
Brown had just about every correct to complain about this. He was wide open and his quarterback created an incorrect study on the field. Ole Miss’ gameplan against Auburn was frustrating, as Brown was receiving sufficient separation but not sufficient appears.
As a route runner Brown delivers some impressive moves, and he lends some perform in the contested catch division as effectively.
Brown does a good job of receiving a step on the corner against press coverage on this clip. He appears like he’s in the air for the longest time when he reaches the catch point, but tends to make a good, smooth, clean catch against fairly excellent coverage, securing the pass as he hits the ground to move the chains.
This 50/50 catch is also terrific. I give props to Ta’amu for at least locating a way to provide this to Brown beneath heavy stress. Brown’s toughness at the catch point is displayed right here, and he pulls down yet another jump ball on the sidelines for a enormous play to preserve the game alive for Ole Miss.
In basic, Brown’s tape is excellent, even though he has a number of inconsistencies against press coverage and the catch point. He can get jammed up at instances, and whilst his drop challenges are not practically as prominent as Hakeem Butler’s, he could be a tiny additional refined whilst producing contested catches.
Nonetheless, all factors regarded, Brown is a excellent WR prospect that would make a fine choose by the Titans, even though I’d assume he falls to day two. That is all the superior for Tennessee, who would get a constant, productive receiver devoid of spending a lot of draft capital. He’s not the most explosive receiver, but with his robust route operating, guarantee at the catch point and red zone prospective, A.J. Brown could be yet another answer for Tennessee at WR.