22 Sep 2020

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Summer Scouting Report: Amon-Ra St. Brown WR, USC

Junior | 6’1″ 195 lbs | October 24, 1999 | Anaheim, California

Slippery slot chain mover with smooth routes and heaps of potential

Brother and son in the famous St. Brown family, Amon-Ra has had two seasons under his belt with the Trojans. As a true freshman he managed 750 yards and 3 touchdowns on 60 receptions. As a sophomore he improved upon his 2018 season pulling in 77 catches for just over 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns, good for a top 10 performance in the Pac-12. In his career thus far, St. Brown has also put in a little work rushing and as a returner, totaling nearly 150 yards with one rushing score. The Trojan Air Raid offense provides plenty of passes to go around and with the loss of Michael Pittman Jr. St. Brown is posed for an increase in production.

Strengths of his Game:

  • Not a burner but a fluid and dynamic athlete with plenty of fuel to burn – able to make people miss in tight and close situations
  • Beautiful COD (Change Of Direction) allows for pretty and effective routes
  • Capable of tracking the ball over his shoulder and adjusting accordingly – whether in or outside
  • Fluent transition from catch to run – never misses a beat
  • Intelligence to find soft spots in zones
  • Exceptional versatility in the slot – able to be a safety blanket underneath or stretch the field deep
  • Shines on quick hit routes such as crosses, in/outs and even screens
  • Outstanding route tree starting point – has potential to be a serious separation threat with more refinement
  • Had some frustrating concentration drops but otherwise money hands when open
  • Surprising physicality on contested catches – able to maneuver his way into favorable positions to win the ball
  • Has a multitude of ways to beat man – using his athleticism or shifty route running
  • Potential in the return game and as a gadget player due to athleticism

Questions to Answer/Areas to Improve:

  • Handsy blocker – attempts to erase and over power the defender rather than making sure his man doesn’t get to the ball carrier, this leads to some bad misses and will likely get holding calls at the next level
  • Can get overpowered by bigger, more physical corners when pressed on the LOS (Line Of Scrimmage) limiting his release effectiveness
  • Motor consistency is necessary with varying effort

Injury Concerns:

  • Offseason sports hernia surgery

Way too Early Projection:

Has the profile of an elite NFL slot receiver. St. Brown brings everything from great hands to quick routes to electric runs after the catch. His ability to be a safety blanket on one play then bring a slant to the house the next will definitely intrigue the NFL, especially after what will most likely be an extremely productive junior season. His projection varies, like many wideouts, but Amon-Ra has a serious chance to fight his way into the first round. For now he is a solidified day two pick with all of his untapped potential.

What to Watch in 2020:

Will get much more production with the absence of Pittman as St. Brown is now likely to be the number one target. How he manages this new found workload will be a good watch. Along with more production, his role on the team will also get more influential so a higher on-field character would be very nice to see. As only a true junior, his route tree is fantastic but he has the potential to become one of if not the best guys in the nation. If he can refine the intricacies of his craft his stock will absolutely sky rocket and deservedly. Along with route refinement, his wrestling-style blocking needs cleaning up as well as his release off press. Some added weight would heavily benefit those two areas specifically but would his athleticism be more limited? St. Browns ceiling is off the charts it is just a matter of if he wants to get there or not.

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