At times during his rookie season, it appeared as if quarterback DeShone Kizer had no options to throw to. So, how can you fix that? Bring in the wide receiver from Notre Dame that posted 961 yards and nine touchdowns with Kizer under center:
Equanimeous St. Brown.
St. Brown is one of the most interesting receivers in this upcoming draft. He has an ideal tall build at 6-foot-4 ¾. Although being on the lighter side at 204 pounds, St. Brown put up 20 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash. Many NFL scouts have reported that he improved his stock at the Combine and could be the second-best receiver in the draft, right behind Alabama’s Calvin Ridley.
Nearing 6’5″, St. Brown does have a lot of upside as a NFL receiver. He has extremely long arms and is a decent route runner. His only downside is the fact he uses his arms to separate from defenders (easy to spot offensive pass interference) instead of just going overtop. That part of his game that needs refinement, but teams will fall in love with him because of his size, strength and speed. He’s a player that probably won’t be the No. 1 receiving option right away, but he could turn into that guy over time.
Equanimeous St. Brown comes from a family that some people are comparing to the Ball family in the NBA. His two brothers, Amon-Ra Julian and Osiris Adrian, are also D1 wide receivers. Their father, John Brown, holds his boys to a very high standard on the field. Their mother makes sure the trilingual brothers are all educated and earning near 4.0 GPAs in school. The Brown’s are definitely a unique family with smart, hardworking sons. Watch more about their family here:
Fit in Cleveland
Whether it be through the draft or free agency, the Cleveland Browns need more options in the receiving core. St. Brown would definitely bring an option with a big body to Cleveland. Although he has a ton of potential, a few flaws exist. There’s absolutely no good reason for the Browns to select St. Brown in the first round.
However, some NFL minds think he can fall into the second round. If this were to happen, I could see Dorsey snagging him with either No. 33 or 35. It is probably unlikely that St. Brown will drop down to the 65th pick.
The Browns kept Coach Hue Jackson, so DeShone Kizer cannot be ruled out. Both Notre Dame products, Kizer and St. Brown, have great camaraderie that could carry on in Cleveland. St. Brown could help Kizer’s development and vice versa.
He’s obviously a great talent and a smart young man from an educated family. Equanimeous St. Brown could definitely help the Browns offense this year.