The nWo adds their first draft pick to the 2019 NFL Draft.
Starkville, Miss. native and mayor of Oktibbeha County, A.J. Brown, has been taken off the board in the second round by the Titans. The cult hero and Jordan Ta’amu’s favorite target capitalized off a record-breaking season in 2018 and is now an NFL player.
The 6’0, 226-pound receiver was arguably the best player on the field for Ole Miss, hauling in 85(!) receptions for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns. But, he burst onto the scene and into NFL scouts three-ring binders and slide shows with a stellar sophomore season in 2017.
His 1,252 receiving yards were good enough for 10th in the nation and helped him earn third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC honors. Then, all he did was earn first-team All-SEC honors, again, when he broke his own school record for receiving yards last season.
A.J. is an elite athlete (19th round selection by the San Diego Padres in 2016 amateur draft) who can thrive in the slot or on the outside. He has a knack for getting open and making the tough catches in traffic with his 9 3/4” hands and 36.5” vertical. The classic metaphor “he plays bigger than he is” also jives well here. Brown continuously won one-on-one battles with bigger defensive backs and was a mismatch nightmare for linebackers or safeties when lining up in the slot.
His counterpart, D.K. Metcalf, might be the sexier guy on paper and on Instagram, but I look for A.J. to enjoy a nice career in the NFL with his constant “chip on the shoulder” attitude and relentless effort when it comes to striving to be the best in the league.