2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, University of Southern California
NFL teams love speed, especially at the receiver position, and Amon-Ra has plenty to spare. The youngest of the esteemed St. Brown brothers is entering his true junior season for USC and is primed to have his best year yet. His eldest brother, Equanimeous, is currently in his third year with the Green Bay Packers after being drafted by the team in 2018. His other brother, Osiris, is a redshirt junior at Stanford and looks to receive more playing time in 2020. Of the three siblings, Amon-Ra is by far the most talented and can prove that this year.
Coming out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, Amon-Ra was a five-star recruit, number one in the state of California, and the second among all wide receivers in the nation according to 247Sports. The Monarchs alum did not truly receive playing time until his junior season and the wait was well worth it. Over his final two years as a high school athlete, Amon-Ra recorded 132 catches for 2,549 yards and 41 touchdowns. He was also a key special teams contributor, posting 200+ punt return yards in each season and 1 touchdown as a junior and 2 as a senior. As a recruit of his caliber would expect, he had offers from nearly every major football program in the country. He decided to stay close to home and enroll in USC which is highly regarded for producing elite wide receiver talent.
The Trojans wideout played in all 12 contests as a true freshman, earning the trust of quarterback JT Daniels and Head Coach Clay Helton. He received four of his five starts in the last four games of the season. Amon-Ra burst onto the scene in 2018, hauling in 60 receptions for 750 yards and 3 touchdowns. He joined Mike Williams, Dwyane Jarrett, and Robert Woods as the only USC true freshman to lead the Trojans in receptions over a season. He did drop a few passes as well as fumbling the ball 3 times which was a bit concerning. Even with the drops and fumbles, St. Brown was one of the most impressive true freshmen in the nation.
In 2019, Amon-Ra started 12 of USC’s 13 games, improving in every receiving metric. He rattled off 1,042 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns on 77 receptions. What makes his stat line even more impressive, was the fact that he was receiving passes from three different quarterbacks, JT Daniels (one game), Matt Fink (five games), and Kedon Slovis (12 games).
Amon-Ra St. Brown was one of the best receivers in high school and will look to cement himself as one of the best in the country in 2020. Kedon Slovis was extremely accurate as a true freshman last season and with first-team practice reps and a year of college competition under his belt, he should only improve as a sophomore. With the anticipated elite play from his QB, St. Brown could post video game-like numbers in his junior season.
NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:
Amon-Ra St. Brown will be a late first-round/early second-round draft pick come 2021. He should prove to be a perennial deep threat in the NFL with the potential to be a multi-time Pro Bowler. His raw speed, athleticism, and route running set him apart from most receivers in his draft class. He also owns tremendous ball skills and gains yards after the catch with ease. St. Brown flashed his immense potential once Kedon Slovis took over at quarterback and should only further showcase his talent with a stronger rapport with his signal-caller. Both players will play pivotal roles in USC’s offense and will look to put the Trojans on the national map this season. – James Fragoza, Contributor, NFL Draft Diamonds