Packers Draft Notre Dame's Equanimeous St. Brown After WR Slides to 6th Round

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

Notre Dame wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown carries the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State  Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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The Green Bay Packers added to their receiving corps Saturday by drafting former Notre Dame Fighting Irish wideout Equanimeous St. Brown with the No. 207 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The 6'5", 214-pound receiver showed some quickness at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis with a 4.48 40-yard dash and added 20 bench-press reps to his showing.

Here's what Twitter thought about the Packers giving Aaron Rodgers a new receiver:

Despite a solid combination of size and speed, St. Brown struggled to put up big numbers consistently at Notre Dame. He had just one catch for eight yards as a freshman but garnered attention after hauling in 58 passes for 961 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. 

However, he was unable to build on that success. He had just 33 catches for 515 yards and four scores last season. He had just one 100-yard game as a junior, recording 111 yards and a touchdown on five catches in the Fighting Irish's regular-season finale against the Stanford Cardinal.

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein noted in his scouting report that competitiveness is a concern for St. Brown. In fact, teams asked him during the predraft process if he loves football, according to Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated. (One team also learned he could keep his eyes open for 15 seconds.)

In the end, Green Bay decided he would be worth the risk given his size, speed and talent. Adding him to the roster gives Rodgers another playmaker to go along with Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Jimmy Graham and Ty Montgomery.

If St. Brown is able to harness his physical gifts and develop consistency at the professional level, he's going to an excellent situation with arguably the NFL's best quarterback to become a star. 

The Packers waited out the draft and found a potentially dynamic playmaker in the sixth round to help ease the burden on Rodgers' shoulders. 

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