Equanimeous St. Brown NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Green Bay Packers Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Notre Dame wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (6) runs for a touchdown after catching a pass past Stanford safety Justin Reid (8) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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POSITIVES

—Excellent height (6'5") and length that will be coveted as physical mismatch.

—Smooth runner with legitimate downfield speed despite lengthy strides.

—Cornerbacks respect his speed and length, leaving short to intermediate routes open early and often.

—Once in his route, has spatial awareness to stack CBs and manipulate space to create separation.

—Upfield turn after catch is explosive, showing ability to immediately transition to runner after the catch.

     

NEGATIVES

—Saw a statistical drop in production in 2017 after an encouraging 2016 campaign. Poor quarterback play was part of the problem, but St. Brown didn't take the leap many expected.

—Doesn't seem like a natural receiver and can struggle to make the expected seamless catches.

—Struggles to deal with physicality at the line of scrimmage.

—Technical aspects of route running have to improve as he relies on pure physical talent far too often.

—Doesn't attack the ball over the middle of the field and will allow throws to get in on him when he could create YAC by turning up his competitiveness.

      



OVERALL

Equanimeous St. Brown has the ideal height and length to be an issue for most cornerbacks in the league. Throw in his downfield speed and it's hard not to be intrigued by what he can offer in the NFL. He'll have to develop into a more nuanced route-runner after failing to live up to expectations in 2017. At first glance, he's got all of the desired traits to become a quality NFL receiver.

      

GRADE: 5.50 (Round 6)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers

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