When Equanimeous St. Brown decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft it surprised some considering he had a down year in 2017. If former NFL great Reggie Wayne is anywhere close to right though, St. Brown made a wise decision. The former Colt great has St. Brown rated as the #2 wide receiver in the entire 2018 NFL Draft.
Here is Wayne’s top 5 and the video from the NFL Network segment.
.@reggiewayne_17's top ? WR prospects this draft:
5. Courtland Sutton
4. James Washington
3. Christian Kirk
2. Equanimeous St. Brown
1. Calvin Ridley pic.twitter.com/2oefGXjNiV
— NFL Total Access (@NFLTotalAccess) February 22, 2018
The reason this might be surprising for Notre Dame fans isn’t because St. Brown doesn’t have talent – he showed freakish athleticism at times over the past two years. What he didn’t show much however is the ability to win 50/50, contested balls on the college level and that is something he will have to do if he wants a long NFL career.
From an athleticism standpoint, it could be very easy for a scout to fall in love with St. Brown heading into the draft. He is likely to put up some great testing numbers at the combine. It will be interesting to watch his 40 time in Indianapolis though. St. Brown was never seen as a burner, but he has some underrated speed and could put up a faster number than most Irish fans expect.
Reggie Wayne does know a thing or two about playing wide receiver in the NFL. He is currently 10th all-time in both receptions and receiving yards and has a pretty sold case for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.
As Wayne pointed out, St. Brown’s quarterback play was the primary culprit for St. Brown’s huge drop in production. He could have had a monster year if Brandon Wimbush had not struggled as much as he did with accuracy throughout the year. St. Brown specifically could have had a lengthy highlight reel of long touchdowns in 2017 had Wimbush been able to connect with him on deep balls.
It will be interesting to watch where St. Brown lands in the draft and how his NFL career progresses. All of the talent is there for a long NFL career.