Equanimeous St. Brown, WR – Notre Dame
6’4″ – 210 | JR
DOB: 1/1/1996 (22)
WR Rank: 10
Pass Game Strengths
- Uses shoulders to sell defender on leverage, then quickly flips them and beats opposing cornerback on weak leverage.
- Sharp breaks at the top of his routes. Creates decent-to-good separation from defenders.
- Extremely wide catch radius. Wingspan is massive.
- Good feel for underneath routes. Does not fall negative while running drags and crossers.
- Good hands. Will occasionally let one bounce off, but his hands are solid for the most part.
- Very good long speed. Gazelle-like legs propel him downfield very quickly.
- Deep ball tracking is above average.
- Redzone/deep threat ability is phenomenal.
Run Game Strengths
- Can get downfield and set up blocks quickly due to his long speed.
Pass Game Weaknesses
- Footwork/releases off the line of scrimmage are not efficient.
- Acceleration both after the catch and off the line of scrimmage is subpar. Has no immediate burst.
- Strength of fighting off press coverage.
- Not elusive as a runner after the catch.
- Not much special teams ability.
- Feel for sitting down in zone coverages. Is definitely more comfortable when he is able to keep running against man coverage.
Run Game Weaknesses
- Weak run blocker.
- Long body frame makes it difficult to get low on cornerbacks while setting run blocks to seal off the edge.
St. Brown has an intriguing build and skillset, but will likely not be able to operate as an NFL team’s WR2. His lack of being able to fight off press coverage successfully will force him into a WR3 role where he will be asked to stretch the field and contribute to the downfield passing game. His length and wide catch radius will be extremely valuable in the red zone, but that is not enough for him to be an intricate part of a team’s passing offense.
NFL Draft Prediction
Early-to-Mid 4th Round
NFL Player Comparison
Expect St. Brown to play a nearly identical role as Williams did for the Chargers’ offense. Whether it be lining up in the slot and running a rubbed wheel route down the sideline, or lining up on the outside and running a deep crosser off of a play-action fake, St. Brown’s role will be the same on almost every play–using his long speed and range to make plays on deep throws.
Should he be drafted in the range I expect, I would target Mr. Equanimeous in the mid-2nd round of dynasty rookie drafts.
St. Brown has one of the best names in the class, and I wish I could say the same for his NFL or dynasty outlook. He will be a red zone and deep threat option as a WR3 for the team who drafts him.