Receiver | Mississippi | Junior
Height: 6-foot | Weight: 226 pounds
2018: Started all 12 games; 85 receptions for 1,320 yards (15.5 yards per reception) and six touchdowns; ranked sixth in FBS with 110 receiving yards per game and 10th with 7.1 receptions per game; set school record for receiving yards in a season; Third-Team All-American by Associated Press; All-SEC First Team (media and coaches)
Career: 189 receptions for 2,984 yards (15.8 yards per reception) and 19 touchdowns in 36 games; set school records for career receiving yards and games with 100-plus receiving yards (12); became only receiver in school history with 60 or more catches in back-to-back seasons; his 189 catches rank third all-time in program history (Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell is atop the list with 202); 19 touchdown receptions rank fifth in school history; Third-Team All-American by Associated Press in 2017
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Summary: Brown set school records for receiving yards (1,252) and touchdowns (11) in 2017 and was able to top his yardage total with 1,320 on a school single-season record 85 receptions.
The impressive encore performance placed him atop the SEC in receiving yards and ranked seventh nationally in FBS.
NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared Brown to Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and described the prospect as a “slot bully with rare combination of brawn and quickness that allows him to separate with both power and foot quickness.”
Stacking up (before the combine): Draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic, ranked Brown as the fourth-best receiver in this year’s class, three spots behind teammate D.K. Metcalf. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks moved Brown from fourth to third after the combine.
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah moved Brown up four spots from 41 to 37 after the combine. Jeremiah noted Brown’s work on slants in the run-pass option offensive scheme used by Mississippi.
“He is a one-speed route runner, but he knows how to shield off defenders and attacks the ball in the air,” Jeremiah wrote. “He does have some drops on low balls, but those are offset by his ability to play above the rim.”
Talkin’ baseball: Brown became the second high school player ever to be selected to the Under Armour football and baseball All-American games.
He was selected in the 19th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres and has spent three previous summers in the team’s extended spring training program.