Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun Times was at the Notre Dame pro day on March 22, and he spoke with wide out Equanimeous St. Brown, who is expected to be a day two pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. St. Brown said that the Chicago Bears have reached out about a private visit to Halas Hall.
St. Brown checked in at 6’5”, 214 pounds at the NFL Combine, and he ran a 4.48 forty while pumping out 20 reps of 225lbs on the bench press. At his pro day his vertical jump was 34.5 inches, and all the athleticism he showed in shorts definitely showed up on film. St. Brown has the kind of catch radius that will help any quarterback, and he’s a good route runner that can execute the entire route tree.
His production dropped at Notre Dame last year when he only caught 33 balls for 515 yards and 4 touchdowns, but in 2016, with DeShone Kizer as his QB, he had 961 yards on 58 catches and 9 TDs.
With the way the current receiver position group is structured on the Bears, there’s a place for a rookie. St. Brown told Finley that he’s bigger and faster since the combine after working out with his former bodybuilding father, two-time Mr. Universe, John Brown.
Equanimeous’ route tree percentage is impressive, but not nearly as impressive as his succes percentage by route. Make sure you click on Matt Harmon’s article in the tweet below for more on St. Brown. Hartmon does really good stuff with his reception perception data.
His physical traits and upside is exactly what NFL teams covet, but some scouts wonder if he’s all-in when it comes to football. From Irish Illustrated, “The most common question I get is do I love football because I went to Notre Dame and I speak languages.”
His highlight reel shows a wide variety of skills that will translate to the NFL, but let’s focus on his intelligence and spin it as a negative.