A.J. Brown

Mississippi
WR
WO04

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi
Hometown
Class
Starkville , MS
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
226 lbs
32 7/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

6.08
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.49
Seconds
 
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Arthur "A.J." Brown, Jr. was a four-star recruit who led Starkville (Miss.) High to a state title, then chose to enroll at rival Ole Miss instead of hometown MSU. He received death threats through social media and insults in person but stuck with his decision. Even when the Rebels were sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations, Brown stayed in Oxford with new coach Matt Luke. He played in in every game with one start as a true freshman (29-412-14.2, two TD). His stock skyrocketed after a stellar sophomore campaign, where he earned third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC honors. He ranked 10th in the FBS with 1,252 receiving yards and led the team with 75 receptions (16.7 average) in 12 starts. Brown finished the 2017 season with a big Egg Bowl win over MSU (7-167-23.9, TD). He was a first-team All-SEC pick again in 2018, starting all 12 games and breaking his own school record with 1,320 yards on 85 catches, scoring six times. Brown was selected as an outfielder in the 19th round of the 2016 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres. He participated in the team's extended spring practices the past three summers.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Slot bully with rare combination of brawn and quickness that allows him to separate with both power and foot quickness. Brown has the size and demeanor to take on a relatively heavy workload as a safety blanket for a young quarterback in a ball-control passing attack. He'll see an upgrade in athlete across from him, but he has the feet and body control to uncover and create windows as a premium route-runner.
Strengths
  • Built for the NFL with outstanding lean muscle mass over compact frame
  • Elevated competitiveness and determination
  • Routes are fast, but he adds speed variance when needed
  • Sells routes to manipulate feet and hips of cornerbacks
  • Can stick, stop and open for short possession throws
  • Center of gravity allows for sharper breaks and access to complicated routes
  • Instinctive in space with secondary hustle to uncover after original route completes
  • Quality hand-fighter to unglue from contact in coverage
  • Plucks it away from his frame with quick, strong hands
  • Shields and completes combat catches
  • Baseball outfielder with elite hand-eye coordination and ball-tracking skills
  • Big running back after the catch
  • Athleticism to slip tackles and orneriness to attack them
  • Very willing blocker who can make a difference.
Weaknesses
  • Swagger level against LSU and Alabama appeared lower than usual
  • Struggled to uncover against LSU mega-athlete Donte Jackson in 2017
  • Faced limited press looks from slot
  • Appears more quick than fast
  • Needs to prove he can work downfield against NFL speed
  • Drops appear when focus declines
  • Needs to make better adjustments to poorly thrown balls
  • Can get too slick at top of his route when trying to separate against athletes

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league