It looks like A.J. Brown isn’t wasting anymore time.
Tuesday afternoon, the Ole Miss junior wideout would announce his decision to skip his final college season and declare himself for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Thank you Ole Miss❤️ pic.twitter.com/J5Cn077S75
— AJ Brown (@Brown1arthur) December 4, 2018
Brown, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound receiver, enters the draft as the top wideout of his class. He gets this distinction after catching 85 passes for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns. That’s an average of 15.5 yards per catch, by the way. In other words, he’s likely to make one team very happy on draft day. In his sophomore season, the impressive wideout caught 75 passes for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns. That’s a staggering 16.7 yards per reception.
Brown made the All-SEC first last season and appears to be heading back there in 2018. But the former four-star recruit could be a first-round pick in next year’s draft. Additionally, a number of teams could use a big-bodied, go-up-and-get-it type of receiver to dominate the league. Remember Calvin Johnson?
For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Todd McShay ranks Brown 32nd on his big board. But by the time the draft rolls around, many teams will be desperate for that offensive weapon. After all, the league is all about offense these days. Plus, who doesn’t want a potential top wideout to kick-start their franchise? Especially if they already took a quarterback in last year’s draft.