Antonio Brown Digs Up Negative Predraft Scouting Report: 'I'm Still Hungry'

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2017
Antonio Brown @AB84

6th Round. 195th overall. “Lacks functional strength…” I’m still hungry. Just watch !! https://t.co/vxvciWAK6Q

Antonio Brown signed a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday that makes him the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver. Not bad for someone drafted in the sixth round in 2010.

Don't think the 28-year-old has forgotten. On the same day he inked the lucrative extension, Brown scoured the archives and found an unflattering scouting report.

The evaluation questioned his route running, size, strength and attitude. Pittsburgh's star wideout took particular umbrage to the comment that he "lacks functional strength to beat the jam and will struggle to create separation against man coverage."

It's easy, of course, to laugh at the inaccurate analysis in hindsight. Over the last four years, Brown has averaged 120 catches and 1,579 receiving yards per season. Per NFL Research, nobody has rattled off as many receptions over the same window: 

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.@AntonioBrown owns the NFL record for receptions in any 4-season span (481 from 2013-2016). That's an average of 120 catches per season! https://t.co/b7BGCf3e6I

Yet he fell to pick No. 195, so many scouts must have agreed with the assessment Brown singled out. 

Despite all of his success, he still has a chip on his shoulder from the draft slights. Perhaps that has fueled his rise to an elite playmaker.

[Antonio Brown]

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