A.J. Brown’s Strengths
A.J. Brown burst into the SEC two seasons ago with a 1,252-yard, 11-touchdown campaign with the Rebels. He then backed that up with 1,320 yards and six scores last year, showcasing his ability to be a true No. 1 target:
Brown’s teammate at Ole Miss, wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, is also getting a lot of attention for this year’s NFL Draft. But one might argue the former is far more polished a receiving prospect.
He’s tough, too. At least according to NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah, who used that term to describe what the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Brown has to offer:
"When I go back and study the successful wide receivers at the NFL level, I’m always reminded of the most underrated quality they all have in common: toughness. That is the best aspect of Brown’s game. He plays physical from snap to whistle and isn’t afraid to work in the middle of the field. He can continue to learn and develop the craft of being a successful route runner and pass catcher, but you can’t coach toughness. He’s got it."
Interestingly enough, Jeremiah compared Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is poised to take over the team’s No. 1 receiving role from the perennial All-Pro, Antonio Brown.
But Brown was quick to shake off the comparison, saying “Nothing against JuJu. He’s a great wide receiver. But I don’t like being compared to anyone. I’m different. I’m me.”
Still, if Brown’s trajectory is anything like that of Smith-Schuster, he’ll have a fine career.