Round 4, Pick 118
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
Yes, I could hear your “meh” from here. Equanimeous St. Brown (try saying his name five times fast. Actually, just try saying his name) has seen his draft stock fall off a cliff. In this WR rich draft class where over a dozen receivers boast better stats, St. Brown is the man sliding down the boards.
This pick is about size, ability, and opportunity.
St. Brown was initially seen as second round pick. His poor production last season was largely pinned on suspect QB play at Notre Dame. But after watching truckloads of other receivers overcome that same obstacle, St. Brown has fallen.
St. Brown stands a legit 6’4” and is blessed with both speed and athleticism. His detractors point to his slender build (190lbs) and his poor season (33 receptions for 515 yards and 4 touchdowns) as reasons to ignore him. Fair enough. But his big play ability and deep ball skills are undeniable making Equanimeous a sleeper pick in the fourth round.
While I would have preferred some of the smaller more productive WRs I mentioned in previous slides, St. Brown is a steal here. His size and ceiling make him a fit at the Z, and he could be an instant impact player for the Cowboys.
The main takeaway is, St. Brown is a Day 1 deep threat. He’s extremely tall and skinny but he’s also explosive and oddly athletic for his size. He’s a clear X or Z in the NFL (with no risk of just being just a slot guy), and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him starting alongside Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown in 2019.
Ok, that would surprise me to see all three take over at once, but you get my point. St.Brown isn’t one of my preferred WRs this year but he’s a bargain and has at the least WR2 ability (and WR1 possibility).