As much as it seems reasonable, and some late mocks have it, history says the Green Bay Packers won’t draft a wide receiver in the first round of this year’s draft. Looking to Day 2, Bucky Brooks of NFL Network recently projected USC wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown to the Packers in the third round.
When you think about the Green Bay Packers, for so long this has been the sweet spot in the draft for them for them to go get a wide receiver in the second and third rounds,” Brooks said. “They love to get these playmakers. When I look at St. Brown, he is a dog and an outstanding route runner and playmaker that can make it happen with the ball in his hands. He is a perfect fit for how the Green Bay Packers like to have their wide receivers play.”
In six games last season, St. Brown had 41 receptions for 478 yards and seven touchdowns. His breakthrough season game in 2019, with 77 catches for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. He is considered best-suited to be a slot receiver at the next level, with a lack of blazing speed (4.51 40 at USC’s Pro Day) or anything outstanding in his athletic profile. As J.J Zacharison cited on The Late-Round Podcast, a drop in reception and yardage share last year coincided with a move to playing outside a lot (89 percent of his snaps from the slot in 2019; 28 percent in 2020).
St. Brown does have solid size (5-foot-11, 197 pounds), and he’s a solid all-around route runner. That skillset can play at the next level.
Amon-Ra St. Brown Draft Comps And Outlook
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com has Keelan Cole as his comp for St. Brown. Pro Football Focus had a more favorable comparison.
If the Packers draft him, St. Brown would join his brother Equanimeous on the Green Bay roster. But he’s a far better player than his older brother, if we’re being honest. Amon-Ra is a rookie sleeper for fantasy managers to be aware of, which makes where he’s drafted worth noting. Landing in Green Bay, to catch passes from Aaron Rodgers, is an ideal spot for St. Brown any way you slice it.