USC star and Lions 4th round draft pick Amon-Ra St Brown has a very sneaky chance to be one of the best wide receivers in this years draft. St Brown, who caught 16 touchdowns in 2.5 seasons during his time at USC, comes into a heavily depleted wide receiver room in Detroit. Quentez Cephus is the only player in the receiver group who caught passes for the Lions last year, after Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Jamal Agnew all departed this off season.
It goes without saying that Detroit are building something from the ground up here, and with that comes the opportunity for young guys to step into important roles and become pivotal pieces of the rebuild.
While the Lions may have brought in the likes of Breshad Perriman from the Jets, Tyrell Williams for the Raiders, and Kalif Raymond from Tennessee, there are still a lot of reps available to the young rookie talent, as well as his team mate Sage Surratt out of Wake Forest, who somewhat surprisingly ended up undrafted, and later signed with the Lions.
St. Brown has caught media attention and had plenty of time to showcase his abilities while other starters including Cephus, Williams and Perriman have all had time out with injuries. A highlight emerged of him hurdling a dude, and the general consensus coming out of camp is that he’s already showing how undervalued he was in the draft.
New Lions QB Jared Goff was very fond of looking to the slot in LA, and if that transcends into his time in Detroit, he could be looking to Amon-Ra St Brown early and often. He played on the outside for the majority of the 6 games in 2021, but in his first two years he was the slot guy. His move to the outside was in order to cover some of the reps left by the previous years USC standout receiver Michael Pittman Jr, drafted in round 2 in 2020 by the Colts.
St Brown commented on how he’s enjoying his match ups and one on ones with last years first round pick Jeff Okudah, and while he might have got caught up in an exchange with rookie DB Ifeatu Melifonwu, that fire is going to get him places with head coach Dan Campbell… “We had a pretty good idea of Amon-Ra, ‘The Sun God’, what he’s capable of. Just when he gets pads on, he’s aggressive. It showed up on tape in college, like this guy will mix it up. Nobody backed down from each other and they got better from it, so I was happy.”
It’s not easy to change a culture and dig a team up out of the lower end of the league, and Campbell will be grateful for guys like him as the season goes on.
…So what we have here in Detroit is a rookie wide receiver with a very strong passion for the game and something to prove, a QB who is looking to find his favourite targets on a new team, and a wide receiver room that isn’t dominated by anybody as things stand. I like this kid, and he could be great for Detroit, a team calling out for guys to step up quickly.