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AJ Brown - Wide Receiver - Ole Miss

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We have a couple threads for 2019 guys, figured we may as well have one for the one considered the favorite by many to go 1.1. 

6'1, 230 pounds

 

What I like best about him is his overall size. While he isn't a toweling WR, he isn't a weakling who is going to have trouble with physical NFL corners. He also has good speed and he's tough as nails with the ball in his hands. He reminds me a lot of JuJu in terms of his size and how he plays. 

 

He seems to be the safest pick in rookie drafts for 2019, and at least for now at the top. His fantasy outlook depends on his combine and, more importantly, draft destination. That doesn't mean we can't get a discussion going here! 

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Hoping he goes to JAX or BUF or BAL so I don't have to consider him. He will probably put up Keenum Allen numbers and I need to hit it big at 1.1 with Beckham, Hopkins, Tyreek numbers.

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42 minutes ago, lod001 said:

He will probably put up Keenum Allen numbers

This is the vibe I seem to get from him as well at first glance, but I think he has the complete package to be more than a Keenan Allen. 

Keenan Allen is slow. Ran 4.71 and 4.75 40s at the combine

AJ Brown has speed more in between Odell Beckham and DeAndre Hopkins. 

If Brown were to run a 4.50 would you think differently of him? 

I really do think a good comparison is JuJu. They play very similarly and are similar size/speed- although Brown is 15 pounds heavier than JuJu was his rookie year. JuJu on a team as the #1 WR would be a weekly stud. 

 

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On 11/26/2018 at 3:32 PM, Dr. Dan said:

We have a couple threads for 2019 guys, figured we may as well have one for the one considered the favorite by many to go 1.1. 

Assume you're only talking FF? He might be top 5, likely top 10 in the real draft. 

Everything I've read indicates a few DL will go top 5, probably starting with Joey bosa's brother. The QBs don't look as good this year but we know a couple will creep up. 

I only watched him one game and that was against Alabama so I'm sure I'm underrating him. Would have been nice if he did more against the Tide, few do.

But as the owner of one 1.1, and a few top 5 he's definitely on my short list for the picks, might depend on what backs come out and their landing spots. 

It will be interesting to see where Brown, Harry and Metcalf land. All 3 have top flight talent.

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Rotoworld take:

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Ole Miss junior WR A.J. Brown declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

This is a big one, as Brown is viewed by some as the top draft-eligible wideout in all the collegiate land. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder could well end up being the first receiver off the board come April. He just wrapped a 2018 campaign in which he registered a 85-1320-6 receiving line. As for his pro profile, The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard writes that Brown possesses "[e]xcellent size, length and strength for a receiver prospect," though he also notes more critically that the Ole Miss standout has shown issues with his "overall consistency" due to an occasional lack of attention and effort. You can reasonably expect to hear Brown's name called on Day 1 of the draft. A top-10 selection is not out of the realm of possibility.

Source: A.J. Brown on Twitter 

Dec 4 - 1:23 PM

 

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The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranks Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown as the No. 5 wide receiver in the 2019 draft class.

Brugler is willing to bet on Brown's upside as an NFL starter because Brown (6'1/225) is a "natural route runner and pass catcher." This past season, Brown hauled in 85 passes for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns as the Rebels' leading receiver, but he's slightly being overshadowed by consensus 2019 WR1 D.K. Metcalf who was in-and-out of the lineup at Ole Miss. Perhaps a post-hype Day 2 value pick, Brown is being compared to the Steelers JuJu Smith-Schuster because of their college production, size, and work ethic.

Source: The Athletic 

Feb 3 - 4:38 PM

 

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The Draft Network's Kyle Crabbs compared Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown to Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry.

Crabbs looks beyond the obvious size disparity between Brown (6'1/225) and Landry (5'11/196) for this comparison, writing that Brown's "pathway to success is going to be as a chain moving middle of the field receiver who can win with strong hands and effective routes (similar to Landry)." The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranks Brown as his No. 5 receiver prospect for the spring. His runs at the NFL Scouting Combine figure to be key for his chances of being selected on Day 1.

Source: The Draft Network 

Feb 7 - 8:40 PM

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Philadelphia Eagles writer and draft analyst Fran Duffy lists Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown as the wideout with the "most to prove" at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Brown (6'1/225) gets the specific mention, but Duffy admits that there are many, many wide receivers who have much to prove at the event. "Can they separate themselves athletically?", Duffy asks. "A handful of bigger wideouts were selected much later in the draft, primarily due to a lack of athleticism and the ability to separate." Brown, Arizona State's N'Keal Harry and NC State's Kelvin Harmon all fit this description, but specifically for Brown, showing the ability to separate with speed and get by defensive backs will be big if he wants to challenge his college teammate DK Metcalf to be the first wideout selected in April.

SOURCE: Philadelphia Eagles

Feb 13, 2019, 3:40 PM

 

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For a guy that is considered top5 at his position coming up into draft season, he sure gets very little respect.  

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7 hours ago, Zyphros said:

For a guy that is considered top5 at his position coming up into draft season, he sure gets very little respect.  

He’s interesting as I’ve seen some rank him as high as top 3 and others nearly outside of the top 10. 

7 hours ago, Edgar said:

Count me as a fan of AJ Brown. His feistiness reminds me of Steve Smith Sr. 

I’ve heard a comp of a big Jarvis Landry

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32 minutes ago, JohnnyU said:

I like him more than any other WR if he goes to a team with a good QB.

same

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5 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

He’s interesting as I’ve seen some rank him as high as top 3 and others nearly outside of the top 10. 

And yet there's very little hype around him.  I think that's partially because he's viewed as "safe" rather than "high ceiling" but I think it's both for Brown. 

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2 minutes ago, Zyphros said:

And yet there's very little hype around him.  I think that's partially because he's viewed as "safe" rather than "high ceiling" but I think it's both for Brown. 

Maybe because everyone has him pegged as a slot guy? Or because his teammater DK is getting all the attention? I really like the fit of Brown to the Lions in round 2. They are desperate for a slot WR to work the middle of the field. 

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6 minutes ago, Ilov80s said:

Maybe because everyone has him pegged as a slot guy? Or because his teammater DK is getting all the attention? I really like the fit of Brown to the Lions in round 2. They are desperate for a slot WR to work the middle of the field. 

Lions would be an amazing landing spot

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5 hours ago, Ilov80s said:

Maybe because everyone has him pegged as a slot guy? 

Might be. I also think the "safe" designation hurts him as well with regards to hype. DK Metcalf could be the next Megatron. AJ Brown could be the next Welker. Which one is more exciting? 

Whomever has AJ Brown fall to them in their rookie drafts cant feel bad about it at all. I think he is great value no matter where you take him. IMO he is least likely to bust of all these wrs

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On 2/4/2019 at 12:10 AM, Deamon said:

With a name like "AJ Brown", he's destined for NFL WR greatness.

I can't read the name and not think AJ Green & Antonio Brown love child each time.

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Bleacher Report's Matt Miller tweets that he sees "too much" Michael Thomas and Alshon Jeffery in Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown.

Miller also notes that he might "have" to bump Brown up to the WR1 in the class. Most of those plaudits are going to his teammate D.K. Metcalf -- and for good reason, Metcalf's size and ball-skills make him a potential star -- but Brown (6'1/225) is by no means small, and was the more productive player in college. The combine will be big for Brown to show he can create separation, but if he can, there's absolutely a chance he's the first wideout off the board in 2019.

SOURCE: Matt Miller on Twitter

Feb 18, 2019, 1:34 PM

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