Whats up guys! It’s Chase Hammes back with another wide receiver preview for this years 2019 NFL Draft. Next up is Ole Miss receiver A.J. Brown.
Player Breakdown: A.J. Brown is a 6’0 226 pound receiver from Ole Miss. He posted an impressive 4.49 forty-yard dash time and a 36.5 inch vertical jump. He had 85 receptions for 1320 yards and 6 touchdowns this past year for Ole Miss.
- Very productive his last two years at Ole Miss and was the go to guy filled with offensive firepower
- Strong sturdy frame that can break tackles in the open field
- Super productive in the slot and makes his living after the catch
- Super agile after the catch and made guys miss with jukes and other quick open field cuts
- Great route runner from the slot and has very quick feet to create separation from nickel corners and linebackers
- Very good in the middle of the field and shows very strong hands to pluck the ball in tight spaces
- Has the traits to be more then just a slot receiver at the next level
- Showed tenacity as a blocker in space and showed a lot of effort in that area on tape
- Has a high ceiling with his size, speed, and versatility to be able to play multiple positions
- Has very little film of him playing anywhere besides slot receiver
- Had a very limited route tree from the slot at Ole Miss and could have a problem translating at the next level
- Struggled to make a big impact against more quality opponents and had a majority of his stats against sub par teams
- Didn’t win much vertically at Ole Miss and doesn’t have great long speed
- Pretty one dimensional as a short yardage YAC slot receiver
- Has a lot of untapped ability but may not reach his ceiling due to lack of technique as a route runner
Summary: A.J. Brown is my 72nd ranked player and seventh receiver in this years class. His lack of experience playing outside of the slot and his limited route tree really worries what he will be at the next level. Without having a really phenomenal athletic profile he has a rather low floor compared to some of the other receivers this year. I think Brown will be a solid starter for whoever drafts him on day two. My favorite fits for him would be Buffalo, Tennessee, Detroit, Green Bay and Jacksonville.
Player Comparison: Jarvis Landry (Ceiling)/ Quincy Enunwa (Floor)