Data Scout Notes: 2018: 01-04-18 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft
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Equanimeous St. Brown Notre Dame Fighting Irish Wide Receiver 6-4, 205, 4.53, #6 Anaheim, Calif. Servite 9/30/1996
A two-year starter at Notre Dame, St. Brown lined up all over the formation, both inside and outside, for the Irish offense, separating himself as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver. He put himself on the NFL radar as DeShone Kizer’s favorite target in 2016, although his production suffered with the inconsistent passing attack in 2017 with Brandon Wimbush under center.
St. Brown has the acceleration to close cushions and stack cornerbacks with the quick hands to stab the ball away from his body. He isn’t sluggish in his routes, but he doesn’t fool anyone either and it is too easy for physical defensive backs to slow him early in the route. While unpolished in areas, his blend of length and athleticism are intriguing building blocks.
With a first name like “Equanimeous” (his full name is Equanimeous Tristan Imhotep J. St. Brown), there is likely a story behind the name. His father, John, had a friend from college who enjoyed writing novels, including one with a character named Equanimeous. And he liked it so much he decided to use it to name his first-born son. St. Brown grew up in a diverse household and is fluent in three languages (German, French and English). His father was a two-time Mr. Universe bodybuilder introduced weight and conditioning techniques to his children at a young age. Equanimeous’ mother, Miris, is a native of Germany and only speaks the German language to her sons.
BACKGROUND A four-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, St. Brown had underwhelming senior production at Servite (32 catches for 485 yards and four touchdowns), but developed into a top-25 recruit in the state of California, committing to Notre Dame over USC, UCLA and several others. He played in seven games as a true freshman in 2015, mostly on special teams, before a season-ending injury.
St. Brown earned a starting role as a sophomore in 2016 and developed into Kizer’s top target, leading the Irish with 58 catches for 961 yards and nine touchdowns. With Kizer leaving for the NFL, St. Brown’s production declined in 2017 with Brandon Wimbush at quarterback, but he still led the Irish in receiving with 33 receptions for 515 yards and four scores. He chose to skip his final season of eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
STRENGTHS Body beautiful with a long, athletic frame and room to grow. Easy acceleration into his routes. Flashes a second gear to create separation on vertical patterns. Controlled-strider with smooth movements mid-route. Drops his hips well for a player his size. Uses his long arms to snare throws. Looks to catch the ball with his hands and away from his body. Climbs the ladder and makes fluid mid-air adjustments on the football. Resides in the weight room as the son of a certified trainer and former two-time Mr. Universe and three-time Mr. World bodybuilder – started weight-training with his father at the age of five. Started every game the past two seasons and plays through minor injuries. Confident and worldly personality. – Dane Brugler 1/10/2018
WEAKNESSES Lean-muscled and lacks ideal bulk. Too easily redirect and knocked off his route path. Doesn’t consistently attack the middle of the field with focus, bracing early for possible contact. Looks to run or protect himself prior to securing the catch, leading to drops. Not comfortable in a crowd with inconsistent results in contested situations. Not a tackle-breaker, limiting his YAC opportunities. Doesn’t set up cornerbacks in his routes and lacks polish. Lack of body armor leads to durability concerns – suffered a shoulder injury (Nov. 2015) in practice that required surgery, missing the final four games of his first season. – Dane Brugler 1/10/2018
COMPARES TO: DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins – St. Brown likely won’t be a top-20 draft pick like Parker, but the raw size, speed, strength numbers are similar with the quick hands to snare throws. Although Parker hasn’t exactly lived up to his draft slot, there are no denying the traits and that is why teams will be encouraged by St. Brown.
IN OUR VIEW: St. Brown is a lean, long and rangy receiver, who needs to develop his polish and play strength, but displays the vertical speed and athletic profile to be a threat at all three levels of the defense. His production fell off in 2017 due to Notre Dame’s inconsistent passing attack, but his encouraging traits and potential are worth of a top-100 selection.
Played in 13 games, caught 33 passes for 515 yards and four TDs. Career totals include 32 ganesm 92 catches for 1,484 yards, 13 touchdowns.
Started at wide receiver in all 12 games...Led the Irish receiving corp with 58 grabs, 961 yards and nine TDs, which all ranked as the third most by a Notre Dame sophomore...Ranked sixth in receiving yards (961), tied for sixth in TD receptions (nine), seventh in receiving yards per game (80.1) and tied for 15th in receptions per game (4.8) among FBS freshmen and sophomores...Ranked among the country’s top 50 receivers overall in receiving touchdowns (t-36th), receiving yards per game (41st) and receiving yards (45th)...Four of his nine TD catches went for at least 29 yards...Registered at least one TD catch in seven of the 12 games ...Recorded two multi-receiving TD games...Eclipsed 100 yards receiving in two games, including back-to-back outings against Duke (Sept. 24) and Syracuse (Oct. 1)...Registered a catch of at least 30 yards in six of Notre Dame’s 12 games...Recorded four of Notre Dame’s six receptions of at least 48 yards...Registered five of team’s 10 receptions of at least 40 yards...Recorded 15 receptions of at least 20 yards...36 of his 58 receptions went for a first down or touchdown...13 of his 16 third-down receptions went for a first down or touchdown...Registered four catches for 182 yards and two TDs against Syracuse (Oct. 1), including scoring grabs of 79 and 67 yards...First Irish receiver with multiple TD catches of at least 67 yards in one game since Michael Floyd in 2009.
Played in seven games as a reserve wide receiver and on special teams..Suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during practice and missed the final four games of the season (Wake Forest, Boston College, Stanford and Ohio State)...Caught one pass on the season for eight yards (vs. UMass, Sept. 26)...Blocked a punt that was returned for a TD in the victory over rival USC (Oct. 17)...Notre Dame’s previous blocked punt for a touchdown was by Robert Blanton against Utah on Nov. 13, 2010.
Listed as 63rd player nationally by ESPN 300, 71st by Tom Lemming, 84th on PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team, 144th by Rivals.com, 160th by 247Sports and 207 by Scout.com...Made 32 receptions for 485 yards and four touchdowns as senior wide receiver in 2014 at Servite High School in Anaheim, California...Helped 2014 team to 4-6 regular-season mark, then first-round playoff loss to Pac-5 semifinalist Long Beach Poly...Caught 42 passes for 725 yards and six TDs as junior in 2013...Played in Under Armour All-American Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida, catching one pass for six yards.
Fluent in English, German and French...Mother Miriam was born in Germany...Father John Brown was a two-time Mr. Universe and three-time Mr. World in weight-lifting...Full name is Equanimeous Tristan Imhotep J. St. Brown...Two younger brothers--Osiris Adrian Amen-Ra J. St. Brown and Amon-Ra Julian Heru J. St. Brown Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in management consulting.
Draft Scout Player News
03/06/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Winners: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame...Although the 2018 NFL Draft class lacks a Julio Jones or A.J. Green type of wideout, St. Brown is prospect with the potential to be a true No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL -- and his testing numbers support that thought. At 6-5 and 214 pounds, he ran a 4.48 40-yard dash and put up 20 reps on the bench press. Although he doesn't play as strong as he benched and needs to polish his routes, St. Brown has an intriguing ceiling once NFL coaches get their hands on him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/20/18 - NFL Early Entries, LOSERS: Notre Dame...Guard Quenton Nelson, who completed his degree, is technically an underclassman entering the draft but there was no expectation that the fourth-year player and possible top-10 pick would return. The two losses that hurt were running back Josh Adams and receiver Equanimeous Brown. Neither is a first-round lock and both would have been focal points in the offense next season. Compounding the problem is that Irish coach Brian Kelly just dismissed two running backs and receiver Kevin Stepherson from the team. The Irish did get good news with the return of linebacker Tevon Coney and defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. - AP College Football