Former Notre Dame football receiver Equanimeous St. Brown has a mentality and skill set that fits one particular franchise.
The 2017 college football season didn’t go the way former Notre Dame football wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown would have liked it to have gone from a statistical standopoint. Due largely to the scheme and style of play of quarterback Brandon Wimbush, St. Brown only caught 33 passes for 515 yards and four touchdowns.
It’s hard to say his talent went to waste, as he did come up big in key moments during a solid season for the Irish. That said, it’s safe to say he may have been underutilized — given the 961 yard, nine touchdown performance he had in 2016.
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Luckily for St. Brown, NFL Scouts and franchises don’t just focus on stats. Like are looking for talent and fit. Every player being considered in the draft has talent, but not every player is the right fit for every team.
St. Brown is widely considered one of the best receiving prospects in the draft. He’s a not a Julio Jones or O’Dell Beckham-type who is going to come in, set the world on fire and dominate the position. He does, however, have the skills to come in and be a solid No. 2 and significant contributor for years to come. He’s a big target in the red zone and a guy who can stretch the field deep. He’s not the sharpest route-runner in the world, so the team that drafts him will be best suited to simply allow him to do what he does best and be ok with that.
Best Fit: New England Patriots
Bill Belichick and the Patriots thrive on bringing in undervalued players, asking them to one thing well and then turning that player into a solid contributor — if not a borderline star. St. Brown is a smart, mature kid who would have no problem both picking up the scheme and fitting into “The Patriot Way.” New England doesn’t currently have a receiver with his physical attirbutes on its roster, which would allow Equanimeous St. Brown to carve out his own role in one of the league’s most high-powered offenses.