The Detroit Lions went to the wide receiver position with the No. 112 pick overall as they selected former USC Trojans pass catcher Amon-Ra St. Brown. He had an extremely productive college football career, and the talented wideout has a chance to continue that success to the professional level.
St. Brown caught 60 passes as a freshman and increased his numbers in 2019. With a shortened 2020 season for USC, he played in six games and caught 41 passes for 478 yards with seven touchdowns.
St. Brown has solid attributes that will likely translate for him to play as a slot receiver in the NFL, though he played on both the inside and outside in college. He displayed skills as an above average route runner at USC, which is crucial for a player who did not appear to have the size and speed to beat defenders that way. Regardless, St. Brown can position himself to be a starter early in his career.
Fantasy football impact
The Lions finally addressed their wide receiver position with the selection of Amon-Ra St. Brown. The former USC standout should see a lot of playing time as the Lions’ top-2 wideouts are Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman. St. Brown doesn’t have top-tier speed, but is a good route runner, which will help him in the slot. The 5-foot-11 wideout should be a WR2/FLEX play in fantasy football.
St. Brown could become one of the Lions’ best wide receivers in a year or two. With both Williams and Perriman on one-year deals, the former Trojans standout could really make in roads as the team’s top wide receiver. Despite not being able to generate separation, he could be a slot machine and be a WR2 in fantasy football.